Treasurer Peggy Weitl
Treasurer Peggy Weitl
October 18, 2013

Two veteran Carroll County elected officials - Auditor Joan Schettler and Treasurer Peggy Weitl - have announced their retirements from office effective Dec. 31.

Both Democrats have worked in their respective offices for more than 30 years.

"I obviously have some mixed emotions," said Schettler, 61.

Schettler said she will start a position in January with Robinson Ruhnke PC of Carroll.

Weitl, 56, said she is looking forward to the birth of her third grandchild and wants more time with family. She has not determined her next career move, but doesn't consider herself retired.

Weitl started with the treasurer's office in 1975 as an employee two weeks after graduating from Kuemper Catholic High School. She was appointed treasurer in June 1997 and never faced an opponent on the ballot.

"It's going to be bittersweet, but at some point, I have to walk away from it," Weitl said.

The Carroll County Board of Supervisors is now faced with a choice of appointing successors or calling a special election. Any appointed office-holders would have to seek election in 2014 - and file by March for the June primaries - making a special election unlikely, just based on timing, Schettler said.

For her part, Weitl is endorsing Jean Seidl, a Democrat, to be the next treasurer. Schettler said she may support someone from the auditor's office. "I may," she said. "We haven't had enough chance to discuss."

Weitl released a formal letter to the supervisors. Schettler had expected to make her announcement later.

Schettler, auditor since April 2007, has been with the office for 35 years.