Town clerk retires after serving Waxhaw for 36 years

Courtesy Town of Waxhaw

Courtesy Town of Waxhaw

WAXHAW –Town Clerk Bonnie McManus announced her retirement at the town’s July 8 meeting after spending more than 36 years working to serve the commissioners, staff and residents in Waxhaw.

“There are so many things (I’m going to miss), but my work family and the great friends and residents of Waxhaw that I had the opportunity to serve for 36 years and four months” will be what she misses most, McManus said. 

And those working for the town will miss McManus, someone many commissioners and town staff members have called “irreplaceable” with her wealth of knowledge and experience. But they may not have to do without her entirely. McManus is currently in talks with Interim Town Manager Greg Mahar to shift into a more part-time position following her retirement at the end of September. The town is currently looking for a new town clerk in hopes of finding someone in time for McManus to train to take her place. 

“We are actively seeking a replacement so we can do some off-boarding with Bonnie so they can start to get some of the information she has tied up in her brain,” Mahar said. 

McManus made the decision to retire in a little more than two months due to recent medical issues that will prevent her from working full-time. While she will miss her time in the office, the Waxhaw native, whose grandmother also served as the town clerk in the 1950s, is looking forward to spending more time with her family and having the opportunity to spend more hours volunteering at her church, Waxhaw Baptist, in the women’s ministry, she said. 

Waxhaw is currently accepting applications for the town clerk position. Find more information about the job requirements and how to apply at 

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