Rita McMahon originally decided to work for Huntley so she could earn money while raising two children at home.
That was 25 years ago.
Last week, Huntley recognized McMahon for her 25 years of service with a proclamation thanking her for her devotion.
"She's the brains of our office, I'll tell you that," Village President Chuck Sass said. "Hopefully she's here for another 25 years."
McMahon was hired in 1988 as the village treasurer, a job that allowed her to stay at home and look after her young son and daughter. In those days, she was making $180 a month.
"Every little bit helped," McMahon said. "My husband worked, but that was money I could say I brought home."
Four years later, McMahon was brought in as an administrative secretary to the board of trustees.
"It was my first job using a computer," McMahon said. "I was so used to using a typewriter."
By 2004, she had been sworn in as village clerk, while maintaining her executive secretary duties to the board and the village manager.
"She's the glue that holds things together," Village Manager Dave Johnson said. "She's somebody that's always there when you need something to be done and she's certainly a vital part of what we do here."
Back when she started, there were only 25 employees, 2,800 residents and very few places to shop.
Today, the village is booming with 88 employees, nearly 25,000 residents and a new hospital and full interchange under way at the Jane Addams Northwest Tollway (I-90) and Route 47.
McMahon says she would never dream of finding someplace else to work, because she loves the job so much, as well as her co-workers.
"It was a great place to work then it's still a great place to work here. there are great people it's still all about the residents."
Algonquin e-waste recycling: Algonquin will hold an e-waste recycling event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at the public works facility on 110 Meyer Drive. This event is open to all Algonquin residents.
Electronics that qualify for this event and will be taken for free include: monitors, laptops, television sets, computers, printers, fax machines, scanners, DVD players, stereos, VCRs, video game consoles, cellular phones, hair dryers, microwaves and heaters.
For a complete list of acceptable and unacceptable items, visit www.algonquin.org/ECO/.
Food pantry needs help: The Grafton Food Pantry, located at 11481 Allison Court, Huntley, is looking for new volunteers.
The greatest needs for volunteers lie with client assistance, stocking items on Mondays and sorting deliveries and stocking shelves on Tuesday.
Volunteers must be at least 16. Applications are available at www.graftonfoodpantry.org or at the pantry. For information, call (847) 772-9713 or (847) 495-0922.
• Lenore Adkins covers Algonquin, Huntley, Carpentersville, Grafton Township, Hampshire, Sleepy Hollow, the Dundees, Cary and Fox River Grove. To reach her, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (847) 608-2725.