More City Hall exits

Two more City Hall retirements were announced today:

• City Clerk Katherine Gong Meissner is retiring after 30 years at City Hall.

Meissner, 55, started in 1981 as a recording secretary to the Planning Commission and has served as Stockton’s city clerk for more than 15 years. She announced her retirement to her staff this morning and then sent out an e-mail to city leaders.

She figures she’s documented more than 700 City Council meetings in that time.

“I just did a quick calculation, and I said, ‘Gosh. How come I didn’t leave earlier?’” she joked. “I’m pretty giddy. My energy’s a little bit nervous. Thirty years is enough.”

Meissner was born and raised in Stockton and spent much of her childhood with her family working at her father’s popular Chinese eatery, Gong Lee’s Restaurant, downtown.

Meissner is staying on the job until June 30. She said she wants more time to take care of her aging mother and to pursue her various creative interests.

• Assistant to the City Manager Carol Marshall also confirmed today she’s retiring. She’s been at City Hall for 21 years.

Despite my prodding, she politely declined to tell me her age.

Marshall also grew up in Stockton. She started out at City Hall as a building inspector. Since then she has worked behind the scenes doing contract reviews, legislative updates, budget management and wearing other hats.

“I am in a position that I can retire, and I am,” she said. “It’s a good time to be pursuing other interests.”

She said her first day of retirement is May 1.

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