BELLFLOWER — Debra D. Bauchop said an emotional goodbye to friends and co-workers Dec. 11 as she retired after 33 years with the city, the past 28 as city clerk. But she may be back.
“We will call her back if we need her,” City Manager Jeff Stewart said.
Mayor Scott Larsen, who acted as master of ceremonies at the program at Simms Park, noted that during her first seven years with the city, she served as interim city clerk twice before winning the permanent job from then-City Manager Jack Simpson.
Bauchop had been acting clerk for several months after Deborah Herrington resigned to become deputy city clerk in Solana Beach when she was offered the permanent position June 8, 1987, Larsen said.
The longest tenured of nine city clerks during the city’s 59-year history, Bauchop oversaw 18 municipal elections and worked under 17 mayors, but only with three city mangers, all of whom were present at the ceremony.
Besides Simpson, there were current Norwalk City Manager Mike Egan, who worked with Bauchop for 22 years; and Stewart the past four years after Egan.
Larsen noted that Bauchop was born in Carson, graduated from Carson High School and worked as a stenographer for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for nine years before coming to the city in 1982.
While working at the Lakewood Sheriff’s Station, she met her husband, Dave Bauchop, now retired from the Sheriff’s Department.
They were married in August1976, have three children and three grandchildren; all of whom were present.
Bauchop was a member and won an award from the City Clerk’s Association of California and is a member of Soroptimist International in Bellflower.
She was lauded by all City Council members, her staff, headed by her replacement, Mayra Ochiqui; as well as past staff members.
On hand to present certificates were representatives of county, state and congressional officials.
“I am truly honored. This means a lot to me,” Bauchop said. She said she planned to spend her retirement with family, learning to golf and line dancing.
“You are all part of the family I have come to love. Thank you for this treasured memory,” she said.