She did attend college for a year, but left to attend airline
training school. She then became a reservationist for Ozark Airlines
in Springfield, but eventually the commute and rotating shifts began
to take their toll. So, she began to look for a full-time job back
Little did she know she was headed toward a long, off-and-on
career in county government. Her first time working for Logan County
was from 1960-1970 working for Earl Madigan, circuit clerk and
recorder. She left when her second child was born and was a
stay-at-home mom for a bit.
In addition to working for the county she has also worked for the
Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Services office, for
Lincoln radio station WPRC in selling ads, for the Lincoln Family
Medical Group, Economy Insurance Company, and MII Inc. Her part-time
work included working for then county Treasurer Herman Dammerman
during tax season and a 20-year stint as radio announcer for Zion
HIF member JoAnne Marlin chats with a visitor in
front of two Cessna 0-2s during Airport Daze last May.
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When she was laid off from MII in March of 1991, she returned to
the courthouse again. She began working part time for the county
clerk, Weldon "Pete" Frantz, and part time for the county board as
their secretary and insurance person. This time she stayed.
Her job now encompasses an impressive range of duties. Taking and
transcribing notes from meetings, handling the many phone calls and
e-mails that the board receives, acting as liaison between
officeholders, county board members and others, and bringing
questions and concerns to board members are just a few of her many
duties. She also handles all of the insurance programs for county
Along the way she has enjoyed special achievements. Most recently
she applied for and received three grants, which were applied to
measures taken for the safety and security of county employees at
the courthouse and in the Logan County Safety Complex. She also was
a member of the first organized safety committee and the committee
for the 100th anniversary celebration of the courthouse.
Her capability as the most efficient of county board secretaries
is not lost on the board members. Repeatedly, county board members
comment on her above-and-beyond efforts that make their jobs easier
or have a direct benefit to the public. Dick Logan, county board
chairman, perhaps summed it up best: "JoAnne does a lot for this
county. She helps us with many, many things, and I personally can't
thank her enough for her hard work and dedication to the job. When
the day comes for JoAnne to leave, the board will have to find
superwoman to take her place."
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An exceedingly visible member of the community, JoAnne loves to
attend community events. She tries to go to anything that needs a
county presence, particularly if the busy board members might not be
able to make it. Among her favorites are the dinners and the airport
events. One particular treat she recalled was her first hot-air
balloon ride when the county was sponsoring a balloon. She also
enjoys helping tourists and participating in the Christmas parade.
Over the years, her job has not been without excitement, like an
incident in the 1960s when a prisoner tried to overtake an officer,
and JoAnne opened her office door to find the officer pinning him to
The job has also not come without tragedy and sadness. JoAnne
recalls, "The most difficult occurrences would have to be the deaths
of county board members while still in office: Robert "Bud" Behrends
(1994), Bob Welch (1998) and Lloyd Hellman (2003)."
Also, like many working in the courthouse, she was deeply
saddened when Pete Frantz passed away (2004). "He was a dear, dear
man and friend to me and everyone," she said. After his retirement,
Pete had kept up the habit of morning coffee in what is now the
office of Sally Litterly, county clerk and recorder, reviewing the
work coming in, offering Litterly advice and visiting with
courthouse employees. He was another dedicated county employee who,
like Marlin, took his service to the public seriously and did it
Logan County Board in 2007
Left to right, sitting: Vickie Hasprey; JoAnne Marlin, administrative secretary;
Standing: Pat O'Neill; George Mitchell; Dick Logan, chairman; Terry Werth; John Stewart; Michael McIntosh; Bill Sahs; Rick Aylesworth;
and Bob Farmer.
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In her small amount of free time, JoAnne enjoys photography, a
hobby she began in the seventh grade. She is also working on
documenting her German and Swedish ancestry. She's been a Sunday
school teacher and currently serves on the archival committee at
Zion Lutheran Church.
But, family is where her heart is. Her grandchildren's activities
and numerous sporting events, plus picnics, barbecues and
celebrations with family and friends occupy most her free time.
What's most important in her life? As JoAnne puts it, "Last, but
not least, just being available for my son and daughter for
babysitting duties, taxi driver, consultant, friend and just being a
[By GEOFF LADD]