After 15 years at City Hall, Palo Alto City Clerk Donna Grider is preparing to administer her final election.
Grider, the longest serving of the four council-appointed officers, announced Monday that she will retire on Nov. 6, two days after the council election. She said she plans to move back to her home state of Illinois.
At the beginning of Monday's meeting of the City Council, Grider said that it's been a privilege to serve the public and the council.
"It's been a fun ride," Grider said. "I always worked in municipal government. There's no city like Palo Alto."
Her announcement was greeted with applause from the Council Chamber and words of appreciation from Mayor Nancy Shepherd, who thanked her for being the "face of Palo Alto" in the clerk's office.
"You've been a real model for this community," Shepherd said.