"Since I've come, there's been total automation in my office because we didn't have computers when I started," she said. "It's an ever-changing world in my office because there's constant changes from other outside agencies."
Newkirk has been a Bethlehem resident since 1949, has two sons, two daughters and nine granddaughters (the oldest serves in the Air Force, the youngest is 4). She'll be spending her retirement traveling, she said, and is planning a trip to Disneyworld for the entire family next August.
After more than three decades serving the town, Newkirk said it was simply time for her to hang it up. She will be replaced by Nanci Moquin, who serves as records manager for the planning and zoning boards.
"It's been a wonderful experience; it's been good people to work with," Newkirk said. "I've really enjoyed my career with the town. When I started I never thought I'd be town clerk, but it turned out that way."