Shorewood honors retiring village employee
By Clare Walters Correspondent January 23, 2013 8:36AM
Updated: February 28, 2013 6:27AM
Shorewood officials honored a village staffer for more than two decades of “splendid service and tremendous efforts and achievements.”
The village board Tuesday unanimously adopted a resolution honoring Fran Giarrante upon her retirement. Giarrante worked for the village for nearly 23 years and most recently held the position of information technology and account manager.
Mayor Richard Chapman said Giarrante is “one amazing lady” who would stay late and come in on weekends when her job demanded it. She was the “go-to” person for technical help and trained employees when the village first became computerized.
“Words on a resolution just can’t do enough for this lady,” he said.
Giarrante briefly thanked the board for the resolution, noting that she has made good friends in the village and has enjoyed working for it.
“I just want to say it’s been great,” she said.
Giarrante also said she’ll always remember spending New Year’s Eve at village hall as 1999 turned into 2000.
“We were sitting at village hall wondering if anything would happen to the computers at midnight,” she said.
In other business, the board approved a resolution terminating participation of the village’s elected officials in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund. Elected officials normally are able to participate in the fund if their duties require more than 1,000 hours of work per year.
Trustee Dan Anderson said the trustees and clerk do not meet the minimum to participate.