Patnode to leave Loretto city clerkship

Loretto City Clerk Cindy Patnode will leave her position by the end of the year in order to pursue new endeavors.

The Loretto City Council is likely to approve her successor at its Dec. 11 meeting.

Loretto City Clerk Cindy Patnode will leave her position at the end of this year. Here, she unpacks box after box during the move of City Hall earlier this year. (File photo by Susan Van Cleaf)

Loretto City Clerk Cindy Patnode will leave her position at the end of this year. Here, she unpacks box after box during the move of City Hall earlier this year. (File photo by Susan Van Cleaf)

Patnode succeeded Loretto City Clerk Kelly Grinnell six years ago just prior to elections — the busiest time of the year for a city clerk. She immediately was surrounded by some suspense, because no one had filed papers to run for the mayor’s position. John Reynolds ran a write-in campaign and then was elected as mayor.

While in Loretto, Patnode took leadership in bringing organic recycling to Loretto. She is leaving the program as it is being transformed from mandatory to voluntary and will be watching what happens.

For the most part, she has seen herself as “basically a support person” whose job has been “to help keep the city running efficiently.”

But during her six years a lot has happened in Loretto. Earlier this year she assisted with the move of City Hall to new quarters in the office park building next door. She also witnessed the aftermath of the Loretto Apartments fire and has supported city leaders and volunteers in their efforts to redevelop that piece of downtown.

Her role as support person has included helping the city of Medina land a grant to pay for water quality improvements at the Loretto ball fields. She also has assisted volunteers in planning Loretto Fun Fest and visits of  the Canadian Pacific Railway Holiday Train.

A Corcoran resident, Patnode lives on a Century Farm where her family grows corn and soybeans. She is a former city clerk/treasurer for the city of Corcoran. She also has served as a substitute elementary school teacher in the Buffalo and Rockford School Districts. A graduate of Rockford High School, she has a B.S. degree from St. Cloud State.

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