Published On: Thu, May 29th, 2014

Familiar face will be missing at Cedar County Courthouse

HARTINGTON — Shirley McGregor has been a familiar face at the Cedar County Treasurer’s Office for 34 years.

McGregor’s last day at the Treasurer’s Office will be June 6.

She started working under County Treasurer Roger Schwartz and then worked under Carol Wortmann, who was elected to the office when Schwartz retired.

McGregor has served in the Deputy Treasurer position for the past 12 years.

McGregor made the decision to leave her job and retire after Wortmann announced she would not be seeking re-election.

A lot of changes and challenges occurred during McGregor’s years at the Courthouse.

The Treasurer’s Office bills and collects all real estate and personal property taxes in the county. The office also mails out motor vehicle renewal notices, registers motor vehicles, boats and snowmobiles and issues driver licenses and permits.

The Treasurer’s Office also disburses collections to the proper political subdivisions.

“We used to type each of the vehicle registrations and licenses before we went to the computer,” McGregor said. “One of the great things the new technology has brought in was one-stop to register and license a newly purchased vehicle. Customers used to have to go to three offices.”

Retirement was a difficult decision for McGregor to make.

She knows she will miss the contact she has had with the many customers that stop at the Treasurer’s Office and she will miss her co-workers.

“It was a very emotional decision—it was a bittersweet decision,” McGregor said. “The customers become your friends. I have met so many people from across the county. My co-workers were great. I truly enjoyed working with everyone at the courthouse.”

McGregor is looking forward to spending extra time with family members, have time to enjoy some of her many interests and may take part in a few new activities.

“I am thinking about taking up golf,” she said. “I love playing cards, especially bridge and I enjoy crossword puzzles. I love to bake and work with flowers. I will have a small garden.”

McGregor has a passion for decorating her home during the holidays.

She always sets up her collection of Christmas Villages and puts up more than one Christmas tree.

McGregor and her husband Gary will be making a lot of more trips to see their nine grandchildren, which range in age from a few weeks to 18 years old.

They will be cheering for their grandchildren at ball games and taking in more Boy Scout activities, dance and piano recitals.

“The grandkids are in every sport. It is important to be at their activities,” McGregor said. “A new grandbaby was born just a few weeks ago. I am sure we will see more of him, and we will visit our oldest granddaughter, who will be a college student at Kearney this fall.”

McGregor also plans on spending a little more time with her husband as she will be helping him with his Termite Inspection Business.

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