The courthouse officials and employees said good-bye to a fixture on Monday.
Sandy Soper ended her second term as Cherokee County Clerk. Her elections in 2000 and 2004 culminated 43 years of service to the citizens of Cherokee County. Including nine years as the County Clerk.
A large crowd attended the farewell party given by her friends and co-workers in the District court-room.
Soper took office at the death of her husband Maurice Soper in 2000. He had served the county since 1964 as County Clerk.
Sandy worked in the clerks office before Maurice’ death.
After serving out the remainder of Maurice’s term Sandy ran for the office and was elected.
The county clerk also serves as the county election officer.
Election workers well remember those election nights over the years with Sandy running the ballot counting machine while hundreds of eager voters await the results.
Undaunted by the pressing crowds, Sandy would continue to feed the machine as the result were posted.
“I’ll miss the customers and helping them with their needs the most,” said Sandy.
The last election was one of the worst in her memory, one was with the large number of absentee ballots.
“Actually the last two were really hard to handle,” said Soper. “And the casino election with so many votes.
“But the absolute worst election night I remember was back when we counted the votes by hand at each individual polling place,” recalled the former clerk. “We had one poll worker that was supposed to bring the tally and the ballots to the courthouse.
“We waited and waited, Maurice sent all the other workers home but we stayed.
All night we waited, One of the Riverton poll workers went home, had breakfast then did his chores before bringing the ballots and count into the courthouse. I’ll never forget it.
“School boards and city elections are the hardest because precincts have different school districts and the ballots have to be kept separate,” continued Soper.
“My election workers, were the greatest, they did a great job with me over the years, I will really miss them,” said Soper.
As she left office Monday at noon, it was not a sad occasion, Sandy has plans for the future, not dwelling on the past.