HUDSON–Florence Stickles, treasurer of the Hudson City School District (HCSD), will retire effective January 17, 2017, after 28 years of service. A lifelong resident of the region, she attended Germantown High School and Columbia-Greene Community College. After eight years with Key Bank, she started working for the HCSD as a tax collector in 1988.
“I was a young kid when I came. I learned a lot,” she said by telephone interview on October 26. The best thing about working in the HCSD, she said, was the “family atmosphere. We all get along. The friendships I’ve made.”
As treasurer, she said, “I do maintenance, keep records” and carry out decisions, while Business Executive Sharifa Carbon “does budgeting and makes decisions.”
She said her worst day on the job was when long-time district Business Manager Dan Barrett died suddenly on January 1, 2012.
Ms. Stickles plans to spend her retirement traveling. She is especially looking forward to spending time with her infant grandchildren. Her husband is a retired state correction officer. One of their sons lives locally, the other in California.
When asked if she had any message for her successor, she said, “Pay attention.” When asked if she had any message for the district, she said, “Just thank-you. It’s been a great run.”