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Brunswick says goodbye to longtime council clerk

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    Brunswick Mayor Ron Falconi presents Council Clerk Barb Ortiz with a "key to the city" on a plaque to congratulate her for 30 years of service to the city. Ortiz is retiring Nov. 24.

    HALEE HEIRONIMUS / GAZETTE

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Brunswick Mayor Ron Falconi presents Council Clerk Barb Ortiz with a "key to the city" on a plaque to congratulate her for 30 years of service to the city. Ortiz is retiring Nov. 24.

HALEE HEIRONIMUS / GAZETTE Enlarge

BRUNSWICK — Council chambers at city hall was packed Monday night with residents, city employees, former and past council members, family and friends of Council Clerk Barb Ortiz to celebrate her last council meeting Monday.

Ortiz, 63, is retiring Nov. 24 after serving 20 years in the position.

She started her career with the city 30 years ago as a receptionist in the police department. She then became trained as a dispatcher, communications specialist and communications coordinator.

“It’s been my honor and pleasure to serve the city of Brunswick, all of council past and present, mayors … all the employees have been outstanding and my the residents are my family and neighbors,” Ortiz said.

Council members and city department leaders thanked Ortiz for her service with a resolution and a “key to the city” on a plaque.

Finance Director Todd Fischer remembered his first encounter with Ortiz.

“My first big project on the job was researching the city’s financial history back 50 years,” Fischer said. “I got to know Barb real well.”

City officials hosted a brief retirement party following the council meeting.

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