City to close early for June 17 memorial service

Amy Stevens passed away suddenly on June 1. She was 46 years old.

Oak Harbor offices will close at noon on Friday, June 17 to allow staff to attend a memorial service for a longtime employee.

Amy Stevens passed away suddenly on June 1. She was 46 years old.

Stevens had long been part of the fabric of city government. Her obituary explained that she went to work for the city after graduating from Oak Harbor High School in 1993. She worked as administrative assistant for public works, then moved to the finance department and recently returned to public works as senior administrative assistant.

A statement from the city explained that Mayor Bob Severns lowered the flags at city facilities to honor Stevens’ three decades of service to the city. During a recent special city council meeting, Severns asked for “a moment of silence and grace for staff as they process the loss of their co-worker and friend,” according to the city.

The half-day closure on June 17 at city hall, public works, the police department and the fire station will allow employees to attend the memorial services. The Center and the marina will have a limited number of staff to provide services. Some services are available online, the city noted.

City offices will reopen on Tuesday, June 21, after the observance of the Juneteenth holiday on Monday, June 20.

Public works staff set up a memorial display at Steven’s desk.

“Her presence will be missed by all who know her,” according to the city statement.