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Village of At wood hires two new employees

Atwood Herald of Atwood, Illinois

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Nancy Wierman is the new face that greets Atwood Residents when they visit The Municipal Building.

Nancy was hired as village collector on August 5 and will be appointed as village clerk upon the official retirement; of Cindy Ard in Jovember.

Nancy is experienced in rorking with people and bookkeeping/accounting. She was a customer service and advertising representative for the Tuscola Review from 1974-1990; 1990-1996 was employed at the A-H School District as clerk and substitute secretary; bookkeeper for Media Press Inc. from 1997-1999 and Licensed State Farm Agent staff from 1999 until she began working for the Village of Atwood.

"Following in the footsteps of Cindy Ard will be a tall order. She has been here a long time," says Nancy. "Cindy has a wealth of knowledge and has been such a big help since I started my job," added Nancy. She says it is nice to have Cindy to depend on when needed.

There is a lot to learn about the village because there are so many aspects that go along with the job. Nancy is hoping people will be both understanding and patient.

Nancy and husband Dan live in Atwood. He is employed as a technician at Panhandle Eastern in Tuscola. They have one daughter, Angie Schable and husband Tim of rural Atwood and son Justin and wife Stacey of Monticello. Their grandchildren are Callie, Kolby and Chloe Schable and Bailee, Brooklyn & Benton Wierman.

Nancy welcomes Atwood residents to stop in the office if they have a question. If she doesn't know the answer, she will definitely find out.

Jeff Mercer was hired as the new Water & Sewer Superintendent for the Village of Atwood following the retirement of Allen Romine on September 3. Romine's last day of work was July 15. He remained on the payroll until Sept. 3 to use his vacation days.

Romine began employment with the Village of Atwood on July 1, 1985. In his retirement letter Romine stated, "It is my sincere belief the village is in a much better situation with regard to the Water & Sewer Department than when I arrived. I have had an enjoyable career that I will always be thankful for."

Mercer was hired on July 20. He started in public service in 1990 when he joined the Arthur Fire Department. He served as part-time police officer for the Village of Arthur from 1991-1994 when he changed to the Douglas County Sheriff's Department as a full time deputy.

In 1996 Jeff returned to Arthur as a full time police officer. He decided he was ready to work days and have a change from law enforcement so he transferred to the Arthur Water & Sewer Department in 2003. He holds the highest level water plant license and is presently working on obtaining additional sewer licenses.

Jeff says that he likes the water and sewer superintendent's job. It is an interesting field that has its own challenges on a daily basis. He added that there is always room to learn and this job gives you the opportunity.

Jeff and his wife Amber have two children, Morgan 16, and Lance 14. They reside in Arthur. Amber is the former Amber Morgan of Atwood. V

The Atwood Village Board welcomes these two new employees. They are doing a great job and have the best interest of the village at heart.

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Original Publication Date: October 21, 2015

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