Not too many people get to make a career of writing checks all day, every day, but that sums up what Lincoln City Accounts Payable Clerk Mary Bono has made a 25 year career of. And she’s still at it.
Bono was presented to the city council Monday night and was summarily praised and thanked profusely for what her supervisor and other city staff described as her consistently outstanding performance in an area of municipal operations that cannot tolerate even small mistakes. Bono’s supervisor told the council that Bono writes thousands of checks a year totaling more than eleven million dollars; not only writing them but also making sure that all invoices are properly submitted, accurately verified and meticulously recorded. City Manager David Hawker praised her as an exemplary employee in whom he has great trust to handle one of the most sensitive jobs in the city.
Even though she’s got over 25 years on the job she says she still enjoys it and has no immediate plans to retire much to the relief of all those who rely on her focused attention and firm commitment to detail on behalf of city hall and to the taxpayers of Lincoln City.