Miller County, AR-If you have been to the Miller County Clerk’s office lately, then you may have noticed a change. If you made your way there in July or even the first of August, then you may have felt something was just a little different. No, there is no new paint and no new pictures on the wall. Yes, you still have the same clerk and wonderful staff….well, most of them. The change you should have noticed is the absence of Deputy Clerk Janet Satterfield.
While you may not know the name, as she worked diligently in the background for 35 years at the clerk’s office, you certainly will know the face. Janet was the employee that all the other employees seemed to refer you to for questions. You wanted to know about your voter status? They called Janet. You wanted to ask a detailed question about some form? They called Janet. Simply put, Janet held a wealth of information for the county. Some people say she practically served as the right hand of the clerk through Stephanie Harvin and Ann Nicholas’ terms.
Janet always had a smile, always had a kind word, and could always be found in meetings sitting somewhere near the back and silently taking notes for the clerk’s office. To be frank, she had several different jobs and people seemed to turn to her for just about everything even if it wasn’t related to the clerk’s office.
As I said, you may have noticed in the last month that Janet hasn’t been around the Clerk’s office. On June 30, 2017, just as quietly as she had entered the job, Janet Satterfield quietly walked out the door of the Miller County Courthouse as an employee for the last time. A small party had been held on the 28th at noon to celebrate her service. She smiled for the camera, shook hands and hugged friends and made her final preparations to leave.
Janet Satterfield was one of a kind and a huge asset for Miller County. Already I have heard of at least three people who were surprised when they went to the clerk’s office and Janet was not there to help them. At the Four States News we knew Janet was leaving on June 30. We also knew that she is a quiet person who prefers to stay in the background and work hard. Well Janet, we gave you a little time before we posted anything about your retirement, but that time is up. You should know the county will never be the same and your smiling face will be missed in the day-to-day workings of our little southwest corner of Arkansas. Enjoy that retirement.
Citizens of Miller County, if you happen to see Janet at a store, event of somewhere else, you should return her wonderful smile and tell her how much you appreciate her 35 years of service to your county.