After a long and busy career in Uinta County, Amelia Rutner has started her retirement. She was a county employee for 42 years, starting during the boom in 1980. She is an Evanston native, having grown up in the small Front Street house she now owns.
According to Rutner, the county offered her a job without an application, as they were understaffed and desperate to keep up with a growing population. “We had people waiting in a line into the street to get titles, she said. “Hallways were lined with people coming to Evanston for work.” Rutner was quite young at the time, and estimates that she’d had only three jobs before the county employed her. “We laugh because I grew up at the courthouse,” she said, “I was a 20-year-old kid when I started.” Despite Rutner’s youth and society’s progress, she says she wasn’t often stressed about work. “I never worried about my job because I was satisfied doing it.”
Rutner said the job was somewhat educational, with plenty of technological advancement. “I learned to use computers on the job. We started with manual typewriters.” Rutner only transitioned to a computer in 1984, when staff moved to the renovated courthouse.
Rutner worked under four county clerks throughout her tenure. These include Joyce Holmes, Lynne Fox, Lana Wilcox and Amanda Hutchinson. The latter commented on Rutner’s retirement by saying, “Amelia is an amazing person and she is one of a kind. Her experience and knowledge have been so valuable to those of us who worked with her.”
“I am grateful for the opportunity,” Rutner said. It taught me that all people need someone who cares. Some of the wildest and craziest customers are the ones I loved the most.” Rutner plans to spend some of her retirement walking for exercise and making small talk. Her first order of business, however, is visiting her son in Atlanta. “After that, I want to walk a lot, do yoga and live my best life.”
Hutchinson finished her comment by saying, “Our team will not be the same without her. She will be dearly missed at the County Clerk’s Office, but we are sincerely happy for her as she sets out on her new adventure of retirement.”