On the occasion of her last official Village Board meeting Thursday night, Alden Administrator Beth Downing was presented the key to the village by Mayor Michael Kubik.
Downing, who will officially end her tenure as administrator and nearly a decade of service to the village, said she is leaving for a business venture.
"I am going into private industry," Downing said. "If I didn't take this opportunity now I may never get another chance, and I would regret it."
Rachel Kuhlmey, a volunteer firefighter in Lancaster, has been named the village's new administrator.
This is Kuhlmey's first experience as a municipal employee.
"I am excited. This is a great opportunity," she said. "My husband and I have been volunteer firefighters in Lancaster for nine years and this is just another side of [civil service]. It is another opportunity to help a village grow."
Kubik offered high praise for Downing.
"Her commitment and dedication to the village and what [has been accomplished have] set the path for continued success in our endeavors," he said.
Downing said she will display her key to the village in her home office as a reminder of her years in Village Hall.
"I really got along well with all of the board members," she said. "I am really going to miss them."