2016-12-22 / Front Page

Tamlyn Honored For County Career

By Erich T. Doerr


Mackinac County Clerk Mary Kay Tamlyn was honored for her 39 years of service to the county at her retirement party as Board of Commissioners Chairman Jim Hill read aloud this county resolution thanking Mrs. Tamlyn for her decades of service. The State of Michigan and the Michigan Association of County Clerks sent along similar honors recognizing Mrs. Tamlyn’s 25 years as clerk. Mackinac County Clerk Mary Kay Tamlyn was honored for her 39 years of service to the county at her retirement party as Board of Commissioners Chairman Jim Hill read aloud this county resolution thanking Mrs. Tamlyn for her decades of service. The State of Michigan and the Michigan Association of County Clerks sent along similar honors recognizing Mrs. Tamlyn’s 25 years as clerk. The end of 2016 marks the end of an era for Mackinac County, as St. Ignace’s Mary Kay Tamlyn retires following her 25-year career as the county clerk. Mrs. Tamlyn has worked for the county for the last 39 years in several capacities. The county honored her with a retirement party at the county courthouse Thursday, December 8, with many of her friends, family, and cowork- ers present.

Her tenure with the county began in 1977 when, at the age of 22, she was hired for a summer job on the jury board, doing all sorts of oddsand ends jobs in the clerk’s office. She said it ended up becoming a “summer job that never went away” as the following January she was hired again by County Clerk Art Kaminsky to a position under the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA) program. She had moved up to the rank of deputy clerk by the time Mr. Kaminsky passed away, his wife, Marie, then filling out his term.


More than 40 people attended Mary Kay Tamlyn’s retirement party Thursday, December 8, at the Mackinac County Courthouse, including her friends, family, and co workers. Here her cousins Lucy (left) and Tonya Beaudoin look over a table containing a cake, several awards, and a newspaper article from 1991 announcing that Mrs. Tamlyn was assuming the role as clerk. More than 40 people attended Mary Kay Tamlyn’s retirement party Thursday, December 8, at the Mackinac County Courthouse, including her friends, family, and co workers. Here her cousins Lucy (left) and Tonya Beaudoin look over a table containing a cake, several awards, and a newspaper article from 1991 announcing that Mrs. Tamlyn was assuming the role as clerk. Mrs. Tamlyn became Mackinac County’s Chief Deputy Clerk when the unrelated Mary E. Tamlyn became the clerk after Mrs. Kaminski’s retirement from the role. Mary Kay Tamlyn moved into the clerk role in 1991 when Circuit Court Judge Nicholas Lambros appointed her to fill the last year of a term after Mary E. Tamlyn departed. She was then re-elected to additional full terms in 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, and 2012.


Retiring Mackinac County Clerk Mary Kay Tamlyn received several honors and recognitions during her Thursday, December 8, retirement party at the Mackinac County Courthouse. Here she unwraps a set of wind chimes that were given to her as a gift during the celebration. Retiring Mackinac County Clerk Mary Kay Tamlyn received several honors and recognitions during her Thursday, December 8, retirement party at the Mackinac County Courthouse. Here she unwraps a set of wind chimes that were given to her as a gift during the celebration. Mrs. Tamlyn loved the wide variety of duties that came with being the clerk, working with everyone from those in the 11th Circuit Court to the county Board of Commissioners and the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority. She said she enjoyed serving as the county’s chief election coordinator and the opportunity to work on a wide variety of county projects. She wasn’t a fan of the politics that came up from time to time, but liked hearing people’s views on numerous topics.

Mrs. Tamlyn now wants to enjoy more time with her family. The camaraderie she shared with her fellow workers is the thing she will miss the most as she moves on.

More than 40 people attended her party at the courthouse. She was given a wind chime as a gift by the other county employees.

“Thank you all from the bottom of my heart,” Mrs. Tamlyn said during the party.

Board of Commissioners Chairman Jim Hill presented Mrs. Tamlyn with a county resolution thanking her for her work, which he read aloud. He said her great memory of area events, the county’s filing system, and legal precedents were a big help to the community. She was also recognized with a special tribute from the State of Michigan and a certificate of appreciation from the Michigan Association of County Clerks. Mr. Hill said throughout the years, Mrs. Tamlyn got to know everyone at the courthouse.

“Most importantly, she’s been our friend,” Mr. Hill said. “It’s been a pleasure working with you…I wish you the best.”

Judge William Carmody attended the celebration and extended his thanks to Mrs. Tamlyn, pointing out she worked well with him and his predecessor Judge Charles H. Stark. He noted that it is rare today to see someone hold a position as long as Mrs. Tamlyn did.

“It’s been a benefit to the county to see that kind of dedication,” Judge Carmody said. “She’s been a pleasure to work with.”

Sheriff Scott Strait was also in attendance for the party. He greatly enjoyed working with Mrs. Tamlyn.

“We’re all going to miss her,” Sheriff Strait said. “She’s been the go-to person for the county for many years.”

Mrs. Tamlyn’s last day as clerk will be Saturday, December 31. Lori Wisner Johnston will take over the position in 2017, following her election in November.

Mrs. Tamlyn looks forward to enjoying her first non-working summer in 50 years. She wants to begin volunteering more in the community. Some of her favorite things to do are the various little projects that pop up around her house. Her hobbies include sewing, crocheting, and card making.

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