County auditor takes no regrets into retirement

Knoll works her last day at courthouse, says she’s proud of her career in county government

When Joan Knoll walked out of the Chickasaw County Courthouse last Thursday, there was Kurt Knoll waiting to give his wife a ride home.

The longtime county government employee will miss those daily rides to and from work with her husband. And she will miss a vast majority of the people she worked with and helped in a career that spanned more than 40 years.

Yet, as she took that final walk down the stairs from her second story office, she had nary a regret.

Retirement beckoned.

“I will miss the people a lot,” said Knoll, whose 12-year run as county auditor ended on New Year’s Eve, “and I was so lucky to work with so many great people. Saying goodbye to them, that will be hard, but it’s time for a new chapter.”

Knoll had hoped that new phase of her life would be as a county supervisor, but that was dashed in November when she lost to incumbent Jacob Hackman for the District 3 seat. Meanwhile, Stephanie Mashek claimed a victory in the auditor’s race, took the oath of office on Thursday and began work on Monday morning.

“I’m OK with that,” she said. “I ran, I didn’t win and that’s that. I’m proud of my years in county government, and hopefully I did right by my county and the people who live here. I’m sure I’ll find a few things to do to keep me busy.”

For the full story, please see the Jan. 5 Tribune.

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