City Clerk Kathleen Clarken Buschow, MMC, retired today after serving with the City and City Council since January 2000, more than 14 years. She was named Clerk of the Year in 2008 by the Virginia Municipal Clerks Association and served as VMCA president for 2010-11.
Buschow, a City resident, plans to travel, quilt, paint, take photos, enjoy time with her dogs Chico and Muffin, and work on her house before her husband Barry retires next year. Before joining the City, she worked for two U.S. senators on Capitol Hill, a small business lobbying organization, and a large Washington, D.C. law firm.
“By far, this has been the best job for me,” said Buschow. “It’s very rewarding to have a direct impact on my community. The people are what I will miss the most – Council, staff, residents, and business owners. But I’ll still be around!”
Buschow’s replacement, Celeste Heath, will start with the City on July 21. Deputy Clerk Veronica Prince will serve in the interim.
As City clerk, Heath will serve as administrator for the Council and maintain records of official City documents.
Heath is a certified municipal clerk and has served as the town clerk for Berryville for 9 years.
Heath holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Southern Maine in Portland and a graduate certificate in public management from Shenandoah University in Winchester.