Shoemaker resigns from Peralta Council
After serving a little more than a year on the Peralta Town Council, Ginger Shoemaker has decided to resign her position in hopes to finally retire and spend more time with her husband.
Shoemaker was appointed to the position in May 2012 by Mayor Bryan Olguin after Lorenzo “Sonny” Moya resigned a month after he was elected.
When Shoemaker decided to accept the appointment, she already had worn many hats within the town, including being a member of the safety committee, bookkeeper, town treasurer and interim town clerk. But while in those positions, she continued to yearn for the day when she could finally “retire” for good.
“My husband, David, and I want to travel,” said Shoemaker, who retired as a comptroller for the Department of Defense in 2008. “I’m going to be gone a lot and we want to enjoy retirement.”
Shoemaker said she and her husband will be celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary next year and are planning a series of trips.
“A councilor shouldn’t take on certain projects if they can’t invest their time,” Shoemaker said. “A councilor has to be hands on and help our town grow and makes things better for the future. I really don’t have the time, but I will still provide help and advise in an unofficial capacity.”
Olguin announced Shoemaker’s resignation at last week’s council meeting, saying he valued her expertise on the council as well as the years she’s helped with the town’s finances.
“Ginger came in and helped with the finances three years ago,” Olguin said. “And from day one, she’s said she wanted to retire. But she stepped in and helped us with budgets, then stepped in as interim clerk, all the while saying she still wanted to retire.”
In early 2012, the council appointed Shoemaker as town treasurer, but a few months later, Olguin asked her if she would be interested in a city council position.
“I want to thank her tremendously for her efforts and expertise,” Olguin said. “She always did it for her community. She just wanted to help. She really wanted to see Peralta going in the right direction. I thank her for that.”
Shoemaker and her husband moved to Peralta in 2003, and decided she wanted to become involved in the community and lend her knowledge in making the new town a place where the residents were taken care of and the city was aware of their needs.
Shoemaker said even though she was a member of the governing body for a little more than a year, she’s proud the town can oversee its own financial management as well as finding a clerk who is a benefit to the town.
When asked what advice she has for the new town councilor, she said she would tell whoever is appointed that it’s important to be actively involved in the projects they feel are important.
“It’s very important to listen to the constituents,” she said. “You need to listen and you need to help them understand what the processes are to get a certain issue accomplished.
“I feel good about the contribution I’ve been able to make,” she said. “I’m glad I was able to serve. Service is important — it’s not there for show, for power — it’s there because you need to do and it’s an important part of life. Everyone should contribute and give of yourself.
Mayor Olguin is asking anyone interested in serving on the city council to send a letter of intent to Town Clerk Julie Pluemer. For information, call Pluemer at 869-2050.
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