Jacqueline Do, Washington Township's current CFO and a longtime employee of the town in various positions, is retiring as of November 1. Do has worked for the township for more than 50 years, during which time it grew from a rural community to the more densely-populated suburban town it is today.
Do worked her way up in the township's government, starting in 1960 as a part-time secretary for the Planning Board. Later, when the township's government changed to embrace the Faulkner Act, she became the township's treasurer and eventually also became the CFO and financial director.
"She kept working her way up and going for classes, getting certifications and learning," Mayor Janet Sobkowicz said.
Catherine McGrath, a former coworker of Do's, said Do made an impression as a hard worker who handled the town's finances and attended many meetings to work with elected officials, a habit which continued to this year.
Do's continuing efforts to educate herself have made her a valuable resource for information to township officials, according to Sobkowicz.
"Everyone always says, 'call Jacky.' She has such a wealth of knowledge," Sobkowicz said. "We're all used to counting on her for information."
In addition to her work with the town's finances, Sobkowicz said Do always supported community events like parades and Veterans Day ceremonies.
"She's really worked for her whole life for the community," Sobkowicz said.
The township has began searching for a new CFO, according to Sobkowicz.