Moioffer was a public servant in the best sense

PUBLIC SERVANT IS A title that is much more often given than it is earned. There are some people, however, who not only wear the title public servant but also exemplify and personify the title.

One such person recently completed more than three decades of service to the village and the people of Elkhart Lake.

Jeanette Moioffer stepped down as administrator/clerk/treasurer for the village of Elkhart Lake last month after serving her hometown for three decades.

When Moioffer succeeded Arlene Klaetsch as clerk/treasurer, much of the job was still done with pen and paper, typewriters and mimeograph machines.

Moioffer moved forward with the village into the computer and digital age and through it all, her dedication to the village and its residents was the constant.

Whether it’s a village, town or city, the local clerk is the one government official most citizens interact with more frequently than any other – whether it’s paying a property tax or other municipal bill, registering a dog, obtaining a license or a park rental, voting, or any one of a number of different activities.

Throughout her tenure with the village of Elkhart Lake, Moioffer was, for many, the face of the village and certainly the go-to person for anyone dealing with village government.

In her letter informing the Village Board of her retirement, Moioffer thanked current and past board members for giving her the opportunity to serve and “for making me feel important, appreciated and loved.”

To which Trustee Pam Garton replied, “It hasn’t been any effort for anyone to make you feel important. Everyone knows how the wheels work in the village office. It’s always ‘Ask Jeanette.’”

That certainly summed things up perfectly.

Moioffer, like her many counterparts in other local governments, was the hub around which the wheels of Elkhart Lake’s government revolved and kept things moving smoothly and progressively.

Residents of the village had their chance to say a final farewell to Moioffer at an open house just before Christmas, which included a presentation by State Sen. Joe Leibham, R-Sheboygan, of a proclamation from the state honoring her for her years of dedicated service – a well-deserved recognition.

The village also recognized her by naming its newest park, which will serve as an eastern entrance to the June Vollrath Athletic Park, the Jeanette Moioffer Park. It is also a fitting honor and is another way her impact and name will go on even in her retirement.

Moioffer succeeded in large part because of her dedication to and love of the village of Elkhart Lake and its people. That made the village a better place and leaves a large legacy for those who follow the path she made.

At issue:
Jeanette Moioffer
Bottom line:
A true public servant

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