Thumbs up: Some familiar faces will be absent in 2014 with the retirement of a couple of longtime public servants who kept York County running smoothly and a business leader who help shape the local economy.
•Chief clerk/administrator Chuck Noll left a job as vice president of finance at New York Wire nearly 17 years ago, tasked with bringing a business mentality to county government,
Since then, he said, he's tried to providing the framework and structure needed to encompass "sound and practical business standards" in the county.
Among Noll's responsibilities was preparing and presenting the county's annual half-billion-dollar budgets, the property tax rate for which has increased just once in five years.
His last day is Thursday, but Noll has agreed to work part time until his position is filled. The 63-year-old said he plans to spend time with family and travel in his retirement.
•Barry Bloss steps down early this month after 16 years as York County's coroner, a position he was elected to after spending 26 years with the York City Police Department.
"Between coroner work and police work ... I could write a book," he said.
Bloss said during his time as coroner, he's done what he can to reduce preventable deaths by educating the public about dangers such as accidental falls by the elderly, traffic deaths involving alcohol or lack of seat belts, and infant deaths caused by sleeping parents rolling onto them in bed.
"I'd like to (believe) I made a difference in York County," he said.
Bloss said he joined numerous committees and groups that focus on reducing unnecessary deaths, and plans to stay active in at least a few of them.
"I want to do something with (the rest of) my life," the 73-year-old said, not merely sit around.
Bloss said his faith has helped him cope with his work, and he'll remain an active member of Living Word Community Church in York Township.
•Bob Jensenius, a booster and leader in the York County business community, is modest about his 22 years with the local Chamber of Commerce and later with the York County Economic Alliance, formed two years ago when the chamber merged with York County Economic Development Corp.
"If there's one thing I'm proud of in my career it's that the chamber operated for 20 years without any debt, stayed on budget and always had a positive cash flow. We were always good stewards of our members' money and spent the money appropriately, and I'm very proud of that," he said.
Darrell Auterson, CEO of the YCEA, said Jensenius, who retires Wednesday as vice president of the alliance, deserves much more credit.
"He's been very involved in business advocacy and public policy for the last two decades. Most recently, he was tireless in his efforts to support the passage of the transportation bill," he said.
When working to support businesses, the victories are often small and unnoticeable, but important, Jensenius said. "People are always looking for grand slams and home runs, but a lot of games are won with singles and doubles."
Jensenius, 63, won't exactly be riding the bench in retirement.
Starting in January, he will serve as the treasurer for the board of directors of the York Little Theater. He's also on the board of the York County Area Agency on Aging and a local credit union, and he will continue to be involved with the Pennsylvania Economy League.