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January 23, 2013

Judy West-Wing wraps up 30-year career with St. Joseph County

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Written by: Bruce Snook
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Judy West-Wing concluded a 30-year career with St. Joseph County Wednesday (January 23rd), including the last 20 years of service as County Administrator.

Among her activities during her final day on the job was a mid-morning interview with the River Country Journal, recorded in the History Room of the Historic Courthouse in Centreville, a building whose restoration she ranks as one of the major accomplishments by the county during her long tenure.  When asked for closing comments at the end of the conversation, West-Wing said, “It’s been a great 30 years.  I cannot believe it’s been 30 years.  It just seems like yesterday.”

Judy West-Wing in the History Room of the Historic Courthouse in Centreville on Wednesday (January 23, 2013), her final day as County Administrator after a 30-year career with St. Joseph County. (Click on photo to enlarge)

In announcing her resignation last August – effective Wednesday – West-Wing said, “Our daughter is ten years old and I want to be able to attend more activities and spend more uninterrupted, quality time with her and our families.”

During the interview, West-Wing said, “I’m glad I have an opportunity to do something different.  I look forward to that, whatever it may be.”  And she said, “I’m very grateful for the opportunity to have been a part of this organization for so long – and humbled by it, very humbled.”  (Judy West-Wing audio clip – :58)

The wide-ranging interview – conducted by Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal – includes the history of West-Wing’s involvement in St. Joseph County government over three decades, the rather unique nature of county government and the role of the County Administrator, changes that have occurred during her years with the county, and comments about the status of the process to address the vacancy resulting from her departure.

To hear the entire interview, click on the following link:  Judy West-Wing interview (44:54 – 41.1 MB)

Additional insights regarding West-Wing and her long career with St. Joseph County can be found in a Sturgis Journal story by Jef Rietsma, an article that can be accessed via the link that follows:  Final day for county administrator.






One Comment


  1. Marcia Saunders

    Nice interview Bruce and Best Wishes to Judy – thank you for all your hard work and the many many hours spent on behalf of the county.



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