Albert Lea’s city clerk set to retire this week

Published 9:58 pm Monday, July 31, 2017

Albert Lea’s city clerk will retire this week after more than 11 years with the city and more than 40 years in local government work.

Shirley Slater-Schulte started in city administration in 1974 as the city clerk and treasurer in the city of Dayton. At that time, she said she worked out of her home so she could be with her children.

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She said the city did not have a city hall at that time, so her house essentially became city hall and the police station. She held office hours out of her home.

In 1990, she became city administrator and deputy clerk in the same city until 2004, which has about 5,000 residents and is along the shores of the Crow and Mississippi rivers.

She said she moved to Albert Lea in June 2006 for the job as city clerk, which she said has been an enjoyable position over the years.

“My favorite part of the job is working with the public — with the residents,” Slater-Schulte said. “That is fulfillment, it really is.”

Her primary duties have included being a secretary to the Albert Lea City Council, city licensing, conducting the minutes at meetings, working on resolutions, ordinances and publications, as well as records retention and annexations. She has also overseen city elections.

“I have enjoyed working for Albert Lea,” she said. “I have enjoyed working for the community and the residents. I wish the city the best of luck.”

She said in the last 11 years in Albert Lea, she has worked with four city managers and six mayors.

She  is  proud to contribute to the legacy of working in city governments that both her father and grandfather started. Her grandfather was a county commissioner, and her father was a township supervisor.

Slater-Schulte said she plans to travel after her retirement and plans to move back to Dayton. She also hopes to spend more time with family, cook, sew and play cards.

She may consider running for public office in the future.

A reception for Slater-Schulte will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday at City Hall. The public is invited to attend.

Shirley Slater-Schulte

Age: 72

Address: 811 Bridge Ave.

Livelihood: Albert Lea city clerk; retiring Friday

Family: four children, Dean, Curtis, Karla, Kimberly; 11 grandchildren

Interesting fact: Slater-Schulte loves to play Texas hold ‘em