McClure honored at farewell reception

By Vicki Hyatt | Jan 31, 2013
Photo by: Vicki Hyatt From left, former Waynesville Mayor Henry Foy, retiring town clerk Phyllis McClure and Mayor Gavin Brown.

Well-wishers flocked to Waynesville’s new town administrative building Tuesday to bid farewell to Phyllis McClure, who wrapped up her tenure as town clerk.

With just short of 30 years in the post, McClure is the longest-serving clerk in the town’s history.

During the reception, Mayor Gavin Brown read a resolution passed by the board commending her service.

The resolution recognized McClure’s role in helping ensure the town’s compliance with numerous legal requirements, her help in implementing numerous internal systems, policiess and programs, as well as her vital role as that of “confidant and “mother” to many town employees.

McClure served four mayors, five town managers, and eight successive boards of aldermen, the resolution stated, and “she has faithfully served (and survived) each with grace and good humor.”

The resolution also recognized the special titles she carried, that of “Mayor Phyllis” and “Proofreader-in-Chief.”

She moves forward with a new title conferred in the resolution, that of “Clerk Emeritus.”