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A career dedicated to Washington County

Jolene Colthurst celebrates retirement after 45 years in treasurer's office

Jolene Colthurst celebrated her retirement after 45 years with the Washington County treasurer’s office on Friday, Aug. 7. (Caitlin Yamada/ The Union)
Jolene Colthurst celebrated her retirement after 45 years with the Washington County treasurer’s office on Friday, Aug. 7. (Caitlin Yamada/ The Union)

For the last 45 years, Jolene Colthurst has dedicated her career to serving Washington County.

A child of nine siblings, Colthurst said her family did not have the means to put her through community college for business. Not knowing much about student loans, she began applying to jobs after she graduated high school. In 1972, she began a job with the Johnson County Treasurer’s Office but later moved to Washington County after she married in 1975.

Since then, she has served as the deputy treasurer in Washington County for 45 years.

“It’s a great community with friendly people,” Colthurst said.

Back in 1975, Colthurst said the treasurer’s office used to type registration documents.

Now. she said, everything she does is on a computer and generated almost automatically.

In her 45 years, Colthurst has worked for three different county treasurers.

For now, Colthurst hopes to live a bit more of a relaxed lifestyle in her retirement. She hopes to volunteer at the hospital when the COVID-19 pandemic begins to slow.

“[Washington] is a wonderful place — I hope that I have served the residents of Washington County very well,” Colthurst said as a tear came to her eye.

Colthurst was honored Friday evening at the KC Hall with an open house celebration.