Area mourns passing of longtime county clerk

Linda Gallagher, Contributing Writer

Courtesy photo

Longtime Antrim County Clerk Laura Sexton is shown with her first great-grandchild Zoey Charbonneau, who she had recently said was "one of the highlights of her life." Sexton passed away on Friday, May 4 after a long battle with cancer.


BELLAIRE - Tributes poured in from everywhere with the news last Friday, May 4, that longtime Antrim County Clerk Laura Sexton had passed away after a long and courageous battle with cancer. 

A graduate of Bellaire High School and Central Michigan University, and an Antrim County employee for 42 years – 32 of which were served as County Clerk – Sexton dedicated the majority of her life to public service, following in the steps of her aunt and grandparents, all of whom also served as Antrim County Clerks.

First elected to the office in 1981, Sexton successfully led the county into the 21st century, helping to make the transition from hard copy and micro-filmed files to electronic files, guiding the county through three apportionment processes, and supervising numerous elections – including more than a few controversial recalls – doing it all with expediency and grace, a droll sense of humor, and always a bright smile, as well as under budget.

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