Bill Fennelly retiring from public service after more than 50 years

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Bill Fennelly says goodbye to public service

A legend of local government is clocking out for the final time.

Family, friends and Scott County officials are sending Bill Fennelly off to retirement December 27.

He has more than 50 years of experience in local public office.

The last 24 years as the Scott County Treasurer.

He also spent 14 years on both the Scott County Board and as a Davenport Alderman.

The 85-year-old told Local Four News, it’s hard to say goodbye to all the people he’s worked with. 

“I enjoyed coming to work every morning, and that helped a lot.” Bill Fennelly said, “In fact, the last couple of times I was deciding to run or not, and my employees urged me to run.”

He said his next job would be spending time with his 12 grandkids and six great grandkids.

He also plans to play more golf.

The treasure office will stay in the family. His son Mike won the election to take over the office.

“I’ve got big shoes to fill. I hope it will be a smooth transition. Like I said, I know a lot of the staff from being with my dad,” said Mike Fennelly, Bill’s son. 
He added, “I’ve been around the politics all my life, and he’s been wanting me to run, and I promised I’d run when he retired.”

Mike will be sworn-in in January. 

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