Sopak to retire at end of current term at end of 2013...

Another top-elected official in Chautauqua County is announcing she isn't running for another term.  After two decades -- that's five-terms -- in office... County Clerk Sandy Sopak says she'll be retiring at the end of this year.  Sopak won election in 1994... and, became only the third woman to hold the office of County Clerk since 1811.  When she took office... Sopak says it was prior to the introduction of computerizing records and electronic imaging of documents.  Through several grants more than 1.6-million dollars... Sopak was able to upgrade the clerk's recording and filing system with the latest records management technology, and scanned millions of documents to make the images available electronically.  Under her administration, a state-of-the-art archival facility was developed to preserve hundreds of thousands of valuable historical documents. Sopak says -- "when I walked into the clerk's office that first day, it was as if time stood still and we were still in the 1800's. Today, I'm proud of the modernization of the way we capture and maintain the records while still being surrounded by the beautiful architecture and ambiance of this historical building and our historical documents."  Sopak's efforts have been recognized across the state, and the country with numerous awards.

 

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