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A fond farewell to Rodgers

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Well-wishers pack retirement party for outgoing city clerk

By Gene Sears

The Fort Lupton Recreation center saw a capacity crowd Saturday afternoon, wishing outgoing city clerk Barb Rodgers a happy and long retirement.


    Rodgers, clerk with the city for the better part of 39 years, spent the afternoon hugging the dozens of well-wishers who turned out for the party, put together by the city and hosted by city staff. Fort Lupton Parks and Recreation Director Monty Schuman ran the program, with a string of current and former elected officials, family, friends and colleagues offering stories and anecdotes in honor of “Miz Barb.” Noting her friendship and warmth, Schuman detailed her role among a multitude of administration throughout her career. 
    “She has worked for 16 mayors, numerous council members, nine city administrators and a host of city employees who became like professional family,” Shuman said. “She has been identified as Miz Barb, the mom, Fort Lupton’s No. 1 supporter and cheerleader and by a former city councilor as the den mother. She holds those in high esteem.”
    Coming all the way from Texas for the event, former city councilman Fred Patterson reminisced about his time on the council, thanking Rodgers for making it special.
    “We wouldn’t be where we are today if it wasn’t for her,” Patterson said. “She does a wonderful job. You have hundreds of people in this town that thank you for taking care of them, taking a minute. Your office was always open, you always cared about people.”
    Weld County Commissioner Barbara Kirkmeyer, calling Rodgers the “best darn clerk in the county,” recounted how county staff deferred to Rodgers for knowledge, particularly in election season.
    Fort Lupton Mayor Tommy Holton joked about the full power of Rodgers’ maternal instincts coming to bear on him as top executive.
    “When I first got elected, I thought I was done with my mother’s advice,” Holton laughed. “For the past few years I have taken advice from Barb, and it’s been very valuable.”
    “The city and I have been good to, and for, each other,” Rodgers said. “I am humbled by all the kid words I have heard today, knowing full well, and I mean this from the bottom of my heart; I was only doing my job.”
    
Contact Staff Writer Gene Sears at
gsears@metrowestnewspapers.com.