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DuPey feted by Lake County as she retires

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Updated: January 14, 2013 7:24AM



CROWN POINT — Commissioner Frances DuPey, D-Hammond, Lake County’s unofficial “first lady,” said her goodbyes Tuesday after 26 years of service between the council and commission.

DuPey is retiring Dec. 31, bringing to a close a storied political career peppered with firsts.

Family, friends and colleagues filled the commissioners’ court room for the send-off meeting heralding DuPey’s open-mindedness, dedication and hard work for the residents of Lake County over the years.

“I think the people of Lake County will miss you more than they know,” Surveyor George Van Til said.

Jill Stochel, assistant superintendent of the highway department, thanked DuPey for being a ground-breaker for women in county government and helping to pave the way for Stochel to become the first woman to hold her current post.

“It’s been an honor to be part of that opportunity,” Stochel said.

DuPey has a number of firsts under her belt serving as the first, and only, female Hammond Democratic Precinct Committee chairman. She also is the first, and to this day only, female Lake County commissioner. When elected to the Lake County Council at the beginning of her political career with the county she was the first woman seated as well.

“What I have done over the years is a labor of love. I fell in love with the politics and most importantly I fell in love with people,” DuPey said.

DuPey did not run for reelection this year. Her seat will be filled by current Lake County Councilman Michael Repay, D-Hammond, who will resign his council post and be sworn in to take her place Dec. 28. Dave Hamm of Hammond was the Democratic caucus’ choice to finish out Repay’s term on the council.



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