Vicki Soderquist knows one thing she won't miss, after she retires on July 16: The meetings.


"I'm pretty nighttime meeting-ed out," Soderquist said. "And election-ed out."


Although she's been the city clerk in Hesperia -- and ultimately responsible for agendas and meeting minutes, among other duties -- for 9 years and 8 months, Soderquist has had 20 years of nighttime meetings, including serving as the deputy clerk in Chula Vista and the city clerk in Truckee.


While she's enjoyed the job, and the front row seat it's provided, it hasn't been without stress.


"In elections, there is no wiggle room," she said. The clerk oversees every aspect of city elections. "If you do it wrong, you don't have an election."


Soderquist's husband, Peter, was Victorville's airport manager, overseeing the Southern California Logistics Airport. In January, he took a new job in Los Alamos, New Mexico, running the airport there.


"He's been coming back and forth," Soderquist said. "He's made it home about once a month."


In the meantime, she's been closing up shop, packing away the couple's belongings and selling the family house and is now ready to join her husband at the couple's new condominium.


After 46 years of work, Soderquist isn't likely to sit at home doing nothing -- at least, not for long.


"I don't know what I want to do, other than volunteering. I can't imagine I won't find some sort of funky part-time job," she said "I'm looking forward to a new me."


She might even get back into politics -- she served on the school board in Eloy, Arizona, years ago.


"To me, politics is the purest form of government," she said.


But whatever happens next, Soderquist said she'll miss Hesperia and the friends she's made here.


"I'm proud of Hesperia and all the things we've accomplished in the past 10 years," she said. "It's really a very special place and I'm going to miss [everyone]."


Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 760-956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com. Follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Hesperia.Star.