Longtime clerk Delong set to retire

By John L. Braese

The Enterprise

VALE – Malheur County Clerk Deborah Delong has announced her retirement from the position effective August 1.

Deborah Delong was appointed to county clerk in January 1985 after Bob Marcum announced his retirement mid term.

At the time, hand ballots from more than 200 precincts scattered across the county were hauled to the office on election night and hand counted.

Now, ballots that are more often returned by mail are counted by machine.

“I have seen a lot of changes,” said Delong as flower bouquets congratulating her announcement were delivered to the office.

Delong started with the county in 1972 as a road cost clerk. From there, she took the position of deputy auditor until she was picked by the county court to be clerk.

“I received word today that I am the longest serving county clerk in the state,” she said, reading . . .