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Bethlehem Town Court clerk retiring after 30 years

Bethlehem Town Court clerk Barbara J. Hodom, who has lived in Slingerlands since 1965, is set to retire Friday, July 18, and leave a job that has kept her busy for the past three decades.

During her four decades in Bethlehem, Hodom has brought up two children, became the Town of Bethlehem court clerk, served as the President of the New York State Magistrate Court Clerk Association, and was named Court Clerk of the Year for the state in 1996.

Starting in 1978, Hodom has worked with the Town of Bethlehem as court clerk, with responsibilities such as being in charge of court records, getting files ready for the different courts and overseeing the staff in a job that she said is, so varied and interesting.

"She made the job very enjoyable and will be deeply missed," said Bethlehem Town Justice Ryan Donovan of Hodom's retirement. "She [Hodom] is an institution in the court and is a statewide resource."

"[Hodom] is a very tremendous court clerk, very knowledgeable and is a huge loss to the court," said Bethlehem Town Justice Paul F. Dwyer about the colleague he has known for more than 25 years, having worked with her first when he was an assistant district attorney, then in the 1980s as a defense lawyer, from 2001 to 2003 as a deputy town prosecutor for the town of Bethlehem and since 2003 as town justice. "I can't say enough about her."

"In all my career, I have never had a bad judge," Hodom said of the justices she has worked with over the years, "We are very lucky to have professional judges in the Town of Bethlehem."

She said she is also grateful to the town supervisors and town board members who have been supportive over the years of the court.

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