Town clerk to retire after 34 years

After 34 years as Ballston town clerk, Muriel Swatling is finally taking a break.

I think my children would like Mom to take some time to do things she'd like to do for a change, said Swatling.

Swatling's retirement will go into effect Dec. 31 and she's looking forward to taking it easy for awhile.

"I'm excited to not have to be some place at a certain time and take some time to relax and not be on such a tight schedule," said Swatling.

And her schedule for the past three plus decades has been packed. Monday through Friday she was at town hall until 5 p.m., except for Thursdays when she worked 1 to 7:30 p.m. and various night meetings that occurred after regular work hours.

"I just felt that it's time to do this," said Swatling.

But though she knew it was time to make a change, the decision didn't come easy.

"I like the job and this was really one of the hardest decisions I ever made. I contemplated it for a long time before I finally made it," said Swatling, who took until the day before deadline to submit her letter. "I like the people but the job is just more and more; the town is growing so there's just more to do."

Town clerk duties allowed Swatling to become a familiar face in the Ballston community and one of her favorite parts was really getting to know the residents. She issued dog licenses, conservation licenses, marriage licenses and is the record keeper for all records of the town.

"There are all kinds of other stuff that goes with [the job] and each day is never the same," said Swatling. "I had to go to town board meetings and take minutes of the meeting, type them up and distribute them. Everything that you do is different there's no special thing I like doing better than others."

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