Today employees threw a farewell party for Elaine, complete with a song, cake, and gifts.
"Elaine is one of the hardest working employees I've ever seen. She loves the city and it shows in her work," said Mayor Russ Wall. "She will be greatly missed by all who worked with her."
City administrator John Inch Morgan said she was the seventh employee hired by the city when it incorporated, so she is one of the longest-serving employees. She is the first employee to actually retire from Taylorsville.
"Elaine has seen the city change in a number of different ways. When she was hired, we had a strip mall city hall. She saw and participated in the building of the current city hall, Fire Station 118, Senior Center, and Taylorsville Rec Center. She has been an integral part of every city function from Taylorsville Dayzz to the volunteer picnics," said Morgan.
"My favorite part of working here was the people - the employees and the volunteers," Elaine said.
She particularly loved working with the Youth Ambassadors and Youth Council. One year she had 41 kids on the youth council. She feels like they are her "kids" and loves going to wedding receptions and such for the students she has worked with.
One of Elaine's favorite memories was working on the city float in 2002. The float won the "Theme Award" at the Days of '47 Parade.
Elaine is planning to still serve the city as a volunteer. "I am filling out an application to be on the Taylorsville Dayzz committee," she said.
Taylorsville is lucky to have Elaine Waegner! We wish her all the best in her retirement!