MURPHYSBORO — Murphysboro’s city clerk will be resigning her position in the beginning of the year after 12 years of service.

Clerk Joyce Cottonaro’s resignation was announced at the City Council’s most recent meeting.

Cottonaro was appointed as Murphysboro city clerk in May 2005.

She said she has no immediate plans for after her resignation, but will turn attention to her pending wedding.

A year ago, Cottonaro retired from her full-time job as a business manager for Head Start at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

“I don’t know how this is going to go,” she said. “I have always had a full-time and a part-time job, always ... I was really apprehensive about retiring my full-time job ... I’m not sure about this one yet. We’ll have to see what happens.”

She said she will continue to watch the city’s business. What she will not miss, she said, will be the long meetings.

The remainder of her term will be filled by someone whom the mayor will appoint.

"When I was first elected I was scared to death walking into the first city council meeting,” Murphysboro Mayor Will Stephens said. “It was Joyce who helped get me through that meeting, and since that time in 2013, she has provided a steady hand as the council's guardian of process, keeper of minutes, and official record keeper. I will miss Joyce's sense of humor, bright smile and dependability."

Stephens said anyone who is interested in being considered for Cottonaro's post can email him at

The person appointed to that post would have to seek re-election if they'd like to return to the position.


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Stephanie Esters is a reporter covering Jackson and Union counties.

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