Wednesday, Jun. 06, 2012
Chowchilla recognizes longtime city employee
By Patty Mandrell
The Chowchilla City Council read a resolution at their May 22 meeting recognizing 23 years of service by Chief Deputy City Clerk Cindy Balkan. Her last day with the city will be Thursday.
Balkan was born in Merced and raised in Chowchilla. She attended local schools and graduated from Chowchilla Union High School in 1989.
Balkan began working for the city of Chowchilla through the Chowchilla Union High School's ROP program.
On Oct. 31, 1988, she was hired by the city as a part-time clerk-typist and two years later went full-time.
It didn't take her long to move up the ranks. On April 30, 1991, she was promoted to secretary for the Administrative Services Department.
In August, 1992, she took on the responsibilities of administrative secretary-deputy city clerk with the Administrative Services Department.
Never afraid to take on a new challenge, Balkan accepted the position of payroll clerk on June 4, 1993.
She continued to demonstrate a superior work effort and was promoted to Secretary II.
On March 15, 2010, her classification changed from accounting-payroll analyst in the Finance Department to administrative services supervisor-chief deputy city clerk within the Administrative Services Department.
Balkan's last day with the city is Thursday. She recently married and will be moving to the Sacramento area to be with her husband.
The resolution stated: "Cindy Balkan is always willing to help others, always has a positive outlook, assists in conflict resolution, encourages employees to do their best, is a great mentor with a compassionate heart of gold and always thinks of others."
"I have always had so much pride in my community," Cindy said. "No matter where I move, Chowchilla will always be my home."