Pittsburgh City Council today honored City Clerk Linda Johnson-Wasler, who has calmly presided over the sometimes-acrimonious body's meetings for 20 years and will retire this week.
"I've enjoyed myself. It's been grand," she said. "I've never had a bad day."
Today is her last city council meeting; tomorrow will mark her last standing committee meeting. At the start of the meeting today, Councilwoman Darlene Harris gave her a proclamation while her staff and city council members gave tearful goodbyes.
As the city clerk, Ms. Johnson-Wasler has been a critical fixture in city council, running meetings and answering questions about procedures. Her staff and council members spoke admiringly of her calmness and level-headed demeanor, which allowed the office to run smoothly.
She officially retires March 14. Mary Doheny, the deputy city clerk, will replace her.
Moriah Balingit: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-263-2533.