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Fennelly Retires After 52 Years

Scott County

A very long career in public service is about to end. Next week, Scott County Treasurer Bill Fennelly will retire after 24 years on the job. But that followed 14 years on the county board and another 14 serving on the Davenport city council. And it all adds up to 52 years.

Having just turned 85, Fennelly says it's time.

"So I thought I did my duty in the city and county and I thought maybe it's time to slow down a little bit, maybe play a little more golf, and go see the grandkids play ball, and just take it easy. I don't know if I'll be able to do it or not."

And during his more than two decades as county treasurer, the main change has been the technology.

"I think it made it better for the customer. They can get things a lot quicker and they can get the stuff they want in a hurry and have a copy of it if they have any concerns."

Fennelly says he'll miss coming to work because he always enjoyed it, and he'll miss his employees, several of whom have worked in the office even longer than he has.

But the name on the door won't change much - his successor is his son Mike Fennelly who was elected Scott County Treasurer in November. 

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.