Twenty-Five Years Of Teddie
Mar 13, 2015 02:06PM
● By Lindsay Wolsey
You would be hard pressed to find anyone who knows more about how the city of Bluffdale functions than City Recorder Teddie Bell. Bell was the first employee hired after Bluffdale City offices moved into their old building on Redwood Road in 1990.
“When I started as city clerk there were two of us in the office. Connie Rice and I did everything you do to keep a city running. We wore many hats. We just did it all. I’ve done a lot of everything over the years: dog licensing, accounts payable, billing. I’ve functioned as the secretary for the planning commission,” Bell said.
Bell was able to walk to work to the Redwood building as it was only a few doors away from her house.
“One winter the snow was so bad I was the only one that made it to work. The city recorder got stuck, the maintenance guy was stuck, and I just put my boots on and made it to the office,” Bell said.
Bell was appointed City Recorder in 2003. She has worked during the administration of five different mayors and has seen Bluffdale grow from a small rural community to a larger community.
“It makes me sad to think of her leaving. I don’t even want to think about it. She is so smart. She has everything in her head. She remembers everything,” city secretary Nancy Neilson said.
“This has been a wonderful place to work. I’ve enjoyed working here. Bluffdale is a great place to live and raise a family. I’ve loved that I can work in the city I live in. It’s hard to believe that it’s been 25 years. I’m going to miss the interaction with the staff and residents that I’ve known for 25 years. We have a great administration and great staff,” Bell said.
After she retires on March 27 Bell plans to spend time with her family, especially her grandchildren.
“I’m looking forward to the next chapter. My husband thinks it would be a good thing if I joined him in retirement,” Bell said.