Deb Helton, a true public servant, leaves office |

Deb Helton, a true public servant, leaves office

We join those who are sorry to see Deb Helton leave her post as Frisco’s town clerk.

Deb, a fourth-generation Summit County resident, is a font of local history, whether it be recent or from the pioneer days. In Frisco, those periods are not that far apart.

Deb epitomized good customer service and a community ethic of always wanting to help people.

From our perspective, Deb was most cooperative with struggling reporters and editors who needed background on this issue and that.

When we would call for information buried deep in her files, Deb was most prompt in finding it, then explaining it. She didn’t have to do it, but that was her nature, and better reporting resulted.

In her role as town clerk, Deb was in the middle of Frisco Cemetery issues. She refereed affordable housing purchases exempt from real estate transfer taxes and the never-to-be-forgotten Harry Troubonis strip club debate because of her role with business licenses.

Elections were another town clerk matter, which put Deb in the middle of the Frisco Peninsula Golf Course question. She’ll remember that one for a while, we bet.

About two years ago, Deb’s life was saved by a Frisco police officer Gary Robinson when she experienced an allergic reaction to medicine she was taking. That was a close one.

Helton is leaving her job because of daily pain from coping with a degenerative disk disease and thoracic outlet syndrome. Most of us have figurative pains in the neck. Deb’s is all too real.

We wish Deb well and expect to see her out in the community at different events. In the same breath, we want to welcome Jo-Anne Tyson as the new town clerk. She was promoted from deputy town clerk.

Jo-Anne is equally as helpful and service-oriented as Deb. The transition should be seamless.

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