Clerk Manuel retires

Acting city clerk Maryann Manuel is retiring after decades at Burnaby city hall.

But Mayor Derek Corrigan is still in denial.

"I'm not prepared to accept it as reality. I don't think we've authorized her to leave yet," Corrigan said at the Jan. 27 council meeting, Manuel's last.

"And besides, it's going to be so embarrassing for you to be leaving with me holding onto your ankles and crying."

Manuel's years working for the city have included lengthy stints as committee secretary, deputy city clerk and as the mayor's executive assistant before taking on the role of acting city clerk for the past two years.

Corrigan said they have been friends for many years during which time she's been "my confidant, my supporter and advisor."

He said Manuel serves as an example of what Burnaby city employees can achieve through hard work.

She is "someone who works their way up through the years to reach what is in essence the pinnacle of achievement in the path you chose to be the city clerk. It really is a tremendous opportunity to be able to say this is what you can attain if you work for the City of Burnaby."

Even after her official retirement date, Manuel will be assisting the city in bringing in a new city clerk.

"I want to publicly say to you, Maryann, that we couldn't have done it without you," Corrigan said.

Council and senior city staff gave her a standing ovation before adjourning her last council meeting behind the clerk's desk.

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