City treasurer retiring after 33 years
BARSTOW • Barstow’s city treasurer is retiring after serving for 33 years.
Evelyn Radel has served as a deputy city treasurer, finance director, and city treasurer since 1978 and traveled throughout the United States as a member and president in both a state and national treasurers association.
“I’ve had some very good friends here. I’ve worked with a lot of good people and I know that’s what I’ll miss the most is my friends,” Radel said.
After being employed as deputy treasurer for two years she was appointed as city treasurer in 1980. Twelve years later in 1992 she served as deputy treasurer again under Sandy Malo. Then in 1998 she was appointed as the city treasurer where she has remained for the last 14 years.
“I really have enjoyed my job in the city but things have to come to an end,” she said. “I think it was time for a new treasurer because new people and new ideas are good for the health of the city.”
City deputy treasurer Mary Stapp said she’s learned a lot from Radel while working with her since 1998.
“She’s extremely knowledgeable on the subject of treasury and finance. She’s taught me a lot,” Stapp said. “I’m going to miss her but I wish her the best.”
Radel served as president of the California Municipal Treasurer’s Association from 1994 to 1995 and was the president of the Association of Public Treasurers of the United States and Canada for a year. As a member of the national association she met both U.S. Treasurers under President George W. Bush and President Clinton.
She is a proud breast cancer survivor of more than 20 years and said she feels very fortunate to be cancer free for so long. At a recent City Council meeting she was presented with a proclamation thanking her for her many years of service.