A legend has retired.
If you’re not familiar with Linda Jines, you should know she has been the City Clerk for Alliance, Nebraska for nearly 42 years.
Today, however, she is putting away her pen and notary stamp to enjoy the freedom that is retirement.
While a native of New York, Linda has called Alliance her home since 1975. Linda started her career in 1978 as a secretary and was appointed City Clerk by Mayor Rich Robb in 1988.
Linda has helped the City in both good times and bad.
Some of her most memorable experiences throughout her career include the responsibility of the first computer in the entire city and having to type the entire municipal code (in triplicate using carbon paper, she adds).
Linda was also (unknowingly) left in charge during the power outage of 1985 as the City Manager and the Electric Superintendent were out of town. She had to make arrangements for alternate power and take care of the community – a responsibility she never stopped.
You should know public service runs in her blood as her mother, Johanna Hall, was a Librarian for 28 years; Grandfather Ward “Jiggs” Hall was a Power Plant Operator and Linda’s Great-grandfather was Fire Chief Ward William Hall. Linda’s son, Tyler Jines, is a fifth-generation City employee.
Linda is living proof that if you work hard and further your education, you can advance within the ranks of the City, and she continues to foster that sentiment.
Her current secretary, Tarrah Johnson, has been appointed by City Council as the new City Clerk. Linda states that “I believe I will be leaving my office in good standing and in a good position for my successor.”
As times have changed, Linda has been the constant at the City. She has worked with 11 city managers and 16 groups of Council. She is excited to be leaving to pursue her personal passions, including spending more time with her family and riding her motorcycle.
“Thank you for allowing me to serve as your City Clerk. It has been a privilege,” stated Linda. No Linda, the privilege was ours.