Kirkwood City Clerk Betty Montano Retires
September 14, 2018
The Kirkwood City Council Sept. 6 bade a sentimental farewell to Betty Montano, Kirkwood employee since 1988 and city clerk since 1995.
Mayor Tim Griffin read a proclamation enumerating Montano's numerous professional distinctions, including presidency of the Missouri City Clerks and Finance Officers Association.
The proclamation also cited Montano for her "extraordinary courage, perseverance and dedication" on the night of Feb. 7, 2008, when six city employees were fatally shot during a council meeting at city hall.
Montano continued working after the horrific event, providing a continuity of city service and an example for the city staff, Griffin said. Montano, "in the days, weeks, months and years following this tragic night, has been nothing short of extraordinary, exceptional and remarkable," said Griffin's proclamation.
"We offer a heart-felt thank-you on behalf of a grateful community," he said.
Each city council member added memories of their own of Montano's exceptional service.
The usually imperturbable voice of City Attorney John Hessel thickened at points when he said that Montano was in a class by herself among the many city clerks he has worked as municipal attorney to many of St. Louis County's towns and cities.
Montano gratefully acknowledged the many kindnesses and took her leave, giving way to her successor, Laurie Asche.
"Thank you everybody; bye," Montano said.
Montano will be back Sept. 15 for one more public service: grand marshal of the Greentree Parade.