Riley County commissioners honored retiring county treasurer Eileen King Monday morning by presenting her with a plaque honoring her 30 years of service in the public sector. King, who announced her retirement in June, will be replaced by Shilo Heger, who was selected as the successor by the Republican Party precinct committee on June 24.
Heger, 43, was King’s deputy in the department for 10 years.
“We’re honoring one of our own today,” Chairman Bob Boyd said. “We’re honoring her 30 years of service to Riley County. Think about that. That’s a long time. We’re losing one of our great mentors here, who has developed an office and brought it from the mid-20th century right into the 21st century.
“That’s a lot of work, and we congratulate her on years and years of service.”
After applause from the chamber and a hug from Boyd, King thanked the commission and briefly reminisced on her time as treasurer.
“When I first started we did everything on typewriters,” she said. “Today we don’t have one in the office. We’ve really industrialized the office and really improved the customer service. Without the computerization I’m sure we’d have twice the staff.
“Thank you. I’ve enjoyed serving all of the public. I appreciate my staff, and thank you everybody for the opportunity.”
A retirement reception for King will be from 2:30-5 p.m. on Friday in the Riley County Commission chambers. The public is invited.
Heger will be sworn into office at 8:15 a.m. Aug. 4. She will fulfill the remainder of King’s term, which expires in 2016. At that time, Heger will have the option to run for election as an incumbent.