BALDWIN — For the past 14 years, Jan Brinkert has been a fixture as chief deputy in the Lake County Clerk/Register of Deeds office.

A retirement party was held in her honor last Friday in the commissioners room at the Lake County Courthouse.

Those gathered celebrated with cake and watched her open gifts.

“Jan is the heart of our office, and hers will be hard shoes to fill,” said Lake County Clerk Patti Pacola.

Shari Gibbs has been promoted to chief deputy to fill Brinkert’s place, and Tiffany Landis will fill the position as deputy clerk, Pacola added.