2017-09-13 / Front Page

County chief to retire

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Kathy Dorman Kathy Dorman Kathy Dorman is finally leaving the county courthouse.

Dorman is retiring, stepping down from her position as Sanilac County Administrator.

She’s held the job for six years. Before that she served as the county treasurer, an elected office, for more than 10 years.

Before that…well, she started working at the courthouse as a high schooler.

“My contract expires the end of the year,” Dorman told the News. “I did notify the Board (of Commissioners) that I plan to retire when my contract ends. I feel this is a good time to transition out with union contracts all settled, no major county building projects in the works and before implementing the financial software conversion.

“It has been an honor to serve as the Administrator/Controller for the past six years. I am thankful for the opportunity and feel fortunate to have worked with great people over the years.”

Dorman said commissioners will discuss the process to replace her at their next meeting, which is scheduled for Sept. 19.

Dorman has worked in Sanilac County government for more than three and a half decades.

She was in her third, 4-year term as treasurer when she was hired as administrator in Dec. 2011 to replace John Males who resigned.

Then Board Chairman Jim Bowerman had suggested Dorman for the job, explaining at the time, “She has the background and experience in county government. She knows the history. She doesn’t have to spend six months to get familiar. She has the financial background. She’s worked in the drain office, clerk’s office, and treasurer’s office.”

Indeed, Dorman began learning the workings of county government as a teenager.

She got her start through a Sanilac Career Center work experience placement in the treasurer’s office.

The day after graduating Sandusky High School in 1977 she was hired as a clerical worker in the treasurer’s office. She stayed there for six years before leaving to devote time to her family. She returned in 1987 as a part-time clerk in the drain office until 1990, when she transferred to a full-time position in the clerk’s office and remained there until being elected treasurer in November 2000.

Dorman and her husband, Greg, reside in Moore Township.

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