Wright retires as clerk after 37 years

Collinsville City Clerk Peggy Wright retired recently after serving the city for 37 years in her position. 

Peggy Wright has retired after serving as the Collinsville city clerk for 37 years. During which time she also served as the municipal court clerk.

According to Jill Tidmore, who was appointed clerk during a city council meeting July 2, Wright was the first “certified municipal clerk” in DeKalb County.

She was certified through the University of Alabama.

Mayor Johnny Traffanstedt said he has worked with Wright for the last 10 years.

“She is a fine person and a very, very loyal employee,” Traffanstedt said. “She’s an excellent city clerk, she was very knowledgeable about her job.”

A couple weeks back, he said the staff gave Wright a retirement party upstairs at the Collinsville Library.

“It was a rainy, stormy day, but the people came out because Peggy has been instrumental in so many things here in Collinsville,” Traffanstedt said. “Everyone thinks the world of her.”

Wright has been training the new clerk, and Traffanstedt said she will be helping the new clerk a few days a week until the end of the fiscal year in September.

At the July meeting for the Collinsville City Council, the council appointed Tidmore to serve as city clerk and Lorri Campbell to serve as the court clerk for the town of Collinsville.

Campbell has been working with the town of Collinsville for 18 years and has worked alongside Wright as her assistant.

“Everybody loves her,” Campbell said. “She does a lot of things for people that no one knows about, and it was a pleasure to get to work with her.”

In Wright’s retirement announcement, she said the decision to retire has been a difficult one; however, she said it is the right decision for her and her family.

“I have loved my job and love the people of Collinsville,” Wright said in her announcement. “It has been an honor and pleasure to serve this wonderful town with dedication and integrity.

“The relationships I have made and the memories that I have can never be replaced, nor will they be forgotten. I have truly been blessed. Collinsville will always have my heart.”

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