AURORA -- For close to 19 years, Tracy Humbert has been a staple at Town Hall. But at the end of May, she and her husband will head to Tucson, Ariz. for a new adventure.
"I have so many good memories," Humbert said of her time in Aurora. "It's bittersweet to leave family and so many good friends, but it's also an exciting new adventure. Many have promised to visit us in Arizona and I hope they do."
Humbert and her family moved to Ohio from Colorado in 1994 and she says it was a fortunate accident that she stumbled upon Aurora all those years ago.
"I flew to Ohio to find our family a place to live," she said. "I had boundaries from the Kent and Stow area and all the way north to Lake Erie. I found Aurora while driving on Route 43 and really liked its small town charm -- particularly the Town Center area."
Humbert also lists Sunny Lake Park and the July 4 festivities as some of her favorite things about Aurora.
Once settled in Aurora, Humbert started working part-time in the City Council office as an assistant to the clerk in August 1998. The following year, when a full-time deputy clerk of Council position was created, Humbert moved into that role until she was appointed as the clerk of Council in 2004.
Looking for new challenges in 2013, Humbert applied to be the executive assistant to Mayor Jim Fisher, who was appointed to complete the final year of Mayor Lynn McGill's term.
"I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to learn more about city operations and to take on some new challenges," Humbert said.
She kept the position when Mayor Ann Womer Benjamin started her term in 2014.
"She [Womer Benjamin] kept me very busy with a variety of duties which I enjoyed," Humbert said. "Along with administrative and office work, I assisted with budgeting, newsletters and helped plan some new programs such as the transportation van. I also worked hard to maintain a strong relationship with the department directors and members of City Council."
Womer Benjamin said Humbert knows the city and its processes exceptionally well.
"She not only has helped me immensely in my first term as Mayor, but she has also become a trusted friend," she said. "I will miss her, but wish her and her husband the best in their new adventure."
While they are currently looking for a new home in the Tucson area, Humbert says she plans to look for a new job once they are settled.
"I enjoy working and truly hope I find something with similar opportunities," she said. "I also plan to work at improving my golf game, enjoying the sunshine and exploring a whole new part of the country."
The Humberts currently live in Twinsburg in a condo on the Gleneagles Golf Course, where they moved after their sons were in college.
Humbert said she definitely plans to keep in touch with her Aurora roots. "I plan to return often to visit family and friends, so don't be surprised if you see me around town."
The transition to a new executive assistant to the mayor will be seamless as Kris Allen is already picking up where Humbert left off. She is very familiar with what the job entails, having worked as a receptionist at Town Hall since last August. She even filled in for Humbert when she was out of the office.
And while Allen may be fairly new to Town Hall, she is a very familiar face in the local schools, having served as a substitute teacher for 11 years.
"I'vd known Kris since she became our receptionist," Womer Benjamin said. "She has learned the ropes quickly and has contributed significantly to the success of the Aurora transportation program. A long-time resident of Aurora and substitute teacher, Kris knows our community and its needs, and I have confidence she will be a great asset to my office and the city."
As for Humbert, she is very happy Route 43 led her to Aurora all those years ago. "I'm so happy I stopped to explore," she said. "Aurora really is a great place to raise a family."