Westlake Community Services Director Joyce Able Schroth has been more than the head of a city department. She has been a friend to the hundreds and even thousands of residents she has served over the past 15 years in her vital role in serving the community.
Joyce is stepping down from that role, heading into a retirement with her husband, Tom, and getting ready to welcome their first grandchild.
But Joyce said she will be back. “I plan to volunteer. I just don’t know quite when or where yet,” said Joyce at a retirement gathering held in her honor at the Senior Center last week.
When she returns, the Community Room at the Center will seem very familiar to her. Mayor Dennis Clough and City Council President Michael Kileen unveiled the new sign to the area now named the Joyce Able Schroth Community Room.
Joyce started as Community Services Director in 1998, seeing the department grow from five staff members to 23. The department serves nearly 2000 clients annually and offers programs that run from the recreational to social services.
Mayor Dennis Clough recognized Joyce with the city proclamation, calling her a vital community leader who will be tough to replace. Joyce accepted the honors with sentimental ambivalence, saying it is tough to leave a beloved staff and so many friends in the community while also turning the page to more personal time for family and her husband of 41-years, Tom.
Thank you, Joyce! You will be missed!