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Grey County Bids Farewell to Long-Time Clerk

Grey County has big shoes to fill as Clerk Sharon Vokes is retiring after serving the municipality for 38 years. Her last official day in the office is July 21.

“Being able to impact your community is a positive thing,” said Vokes. “My love for Grey County runs deep and I truly believe that we make a difference in people’s lives. I feel blessed to have had an opportunity to impact Grey County.”

Vokes began working at Grey County in 1979 in an administration role with the Clerk Treasurer Administrator’s Department. After more than a decade in the department, Vokes was promoted to Clerk Treasurer in 1990, a position she held until 2001 when the role was split. She has served as the County Clerk ever since and her 27 years in the role make her the second longest serving Clerk in Grey County history.

Sharon’s responsibilities extended well beyond the typical scope of a Clerk. In addition to supporting council and leading legislative services, Sharon was also the department head for other important Grey County services throughout her career. These include: Grey Roots Museum and Archives, Provincial Offences Administration (POA), tourism, economic development, agriculture, forestry and corporate communications. Sharon also stepped in to act as interim CAO for eight months in 2015.

Warden Alan Barfoot is grateful for the many years of service Vokes has given Grey County.

“Sharon has dedicated her professional career to the people of Grey County,” said Barfoot. “She is an expert on all things Grey County and has shown tremendous commitment and leadership during her career. Sharon has been an invaluable part of the County for many years and she will truly be missed. On behalf of Grey County Council I wish her all of the best in retirement.”

Vokes is sure to have a busy retirement ahead of her. First and foremost, family will play a big part of the coming years - especially with her sixth grandchild on the way. She also hopes to continue serving the community in some capacity. Sharon will remain an active member of the Association of Municipal Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario. She will continue in her role as a member on the provincial working group tasked with finding ways to manage unpaid POA fines.

“I am very grateful to the CAO’s and councils who have entrusted so many varied responsibilities to my care. I couldn’t have done this though without the unwavering love and support of my husband and family.  To young people looking for a career, all I can say is consider local government.  You really can make a difference in people’s lives.  It’s truly a very gratifying experience.”


For more information contact Rob Hatten, Communications Manager, at rob.hatten [at] (rob[dot]hatten[at]grey[dot]ca) of 519-372-0219 ext. 1235.

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