Her job titles have changed over the years, from typist to secretary to administrative secretary to personnel assistant to personnel administrator to senior personnel specialist.
She retired in 2005, then worked part-time until last week.
Now her title is retiree.
“Time goes fast. Very, very fast,” she said. “I have told the other girls that in the blink, you will be here as long as me.”
That probably won’t happen, Sauer said, because this generation of workers doesn’t stay in one position too long. A “revolving door” is how she described the work environment.
“They move on for better opportunities and I can’t blame them,” said Sauer, a 1972 Madison High School graduate. “They are not lifers. I’m a lifer.”
Susan Cohen, Middletown’s assistant city manager, said Sauer spent a career working tirelessly for the people of Middletown.
“In everything she did, she took the time and effort to complete her work in an exemplary manner,” Cohen said. “We will miss her guidance, her knowledge, and most of all her friendship, as she heads into a well-deserved retirement.”
Sauer wants to spend more time with her husband, Tom Sauer, who retired in 1998 as deputy chief for the Middletown Division of Fire; three children, Mike, Lori and Steve; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
“It’s time for a new chapter in my life,” she said.
On Tuesday, the first day of her retirement, Sauer said she had to make “a big adjustment.” She didn’t have to be at the City Building at 7 a.m.