Connellsville's bookkeeper says goodbye to city hall
By Karl Polacek
Published: Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, 3:48 p.m.
Friday was Dorothy Barnhart Fosbrink's last full day as Connellsville's bookkeeper, a job she said she has always enjoyed.
She began work for the city in January 1992, learning her job from the previous bookkeeper. While she has enjoyed her 22 years on the job, she said she will be glad to enjoy time with her family, daughter Leslie, who will be 45, with grandchildren Jordan, 15, and Jenna, 12; and her son, Christopher.
She plans to travel with her husband, Martin, 65.
“It will be nice to get up and just go,” she said.
She and her husband want to go to Mt. Vernon (George Washington's estate in Virginia.) They also plan to go to the “A Christmas Story” house in Cleveland and maybe to the baseball hall of fame.
She said her husband, who retired when he was 53, wanted her to retire last April.
Her coworkers and city officials say she will be missed.
Shelly Primus, administrative secretary, who began work a short time before Fosbrink, remembers how astonished she was when Fosbrink began working.
“I was stunned how quickly she learned,” said Primus.
“I'll miss her,” said Antoinette Tesauro, city clerk.
“I like what I'm doing. I like my job,” said Fosbrink, a few days before she officially retired. “I liked the people that come in.”
She said some she might only see some once a year when they come in to pay their taxes.
Councilman Brad Geyer said he has been Fosbrink's supervisor for about five years.
“She has always had the best interest of the city at heart,” said Geyer. “She always made sure the job was done before she went home.”
Geyer said Fosbrink helped the city transition to a new computerized bookkeeping system during her time.
Councilman Greg Ritch said he has known Fosbrink “for a few years.”
“She will be greatly missed,” said Ritch. “She brought joy and warmth to city hall and gave of herself every day.”
Fosbrink will still be seen around city hall for a while. She will come in and train her replacement.
Council recently hired Joyce Shaffer to fill Fosbrink's position.
Tesauro said Shaffer should be easy to train because she already has some experience on the computer system Connellsville uses.
While she and her husband live in Bullskin Township, Fosbrink's roots in the city run deep. She was born and raised in Connellsville, living in a house on West Fayette Street, the daughter of a mailman. She graduated from Geibel Catholic High School in the class of 1969.
Karl Polacek is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at email@example.com or 724-626-3538.
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