Oakman seeking full-time city clerk

From staff reports
Posted 7/20/19

OAKMAN - The City of Oakman has announced it is accepting resumes for a full-time city clerk. The announcement was made on the city's Facebook page on Tuesday morning. "We're looking for a …

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Oakman seeking full-time city clerk

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OAKMAN - The City of Oakman has announced it is accepting resumes for a full-time city clerk. 

The announcement was made on the city's Facebook page on Tuesday morning. 

"We're looking for a new clerk, someone who is looking for a full-time job," Franks said Thursday afternoon. He said the city is looking for someone who will "be around for awhile and stay with us down in Oakman, someone is is energetic and ready to move forward so we can continue with the progress we've made this far." 

At the April 15 Oakman City Council meeting, Darlene Boshell served as city clerk, although no formal announcement was made at the time. Franks confirmed after that meeting that Lisa Lockhart, who was serving as the full-time town clerk, left the position on Thursday, April 4, and Boshell assumed the role one week later on Thursday, April 11. 

Lockhart had served as the city clerk since March 2017, and her grant writing skills helped secure over $1 million in grant funding for Oakman.

Franks said at the time Boshell would not be a full-time employee and would not receive benefits. At the April 15 meeting, the council also voted to change the town clerk's pay to a salary rate of $400 weekly. "It's a lot less than what we were paying in the past," Franks said at the time.

On Thursday, Franks said that when Lockhart resigned, "I was right at the beginning of an audit. So I just needed a part-time clerk to pick up and manage the office while I could assist the auditor, and make sure he had all the paperwork and documents he needed." The part-time worker could also assist the auditor so that the audit could be completed, he said,

"The part-time (position) was just temporary," with the idea the city would eventually return to a full-time auditor when the audit was completed. 

"I think we are about at that point," Franks said. "I met with out auditor today, and everything is looking good for the most part. We're almost ready to fill that spot full-time." 

Once all the resumes are turned in, Franks said officials will start the interview process. He said he would get assistance from a couple of council members to help conduct the interviews. 

"We're going to be looking for someone who is on the same page with us and someone who really cares about the direction we're trying to go in Oakman," he said. 

The full-time position would include a benefits package, which is still being assembled as Franks wanted to make changes from the previous package. He hopes to have a clearer idea on a package by Tuesday. 

Franks said Boshell was not interested in the full-time position, as the auditor knew her and knew what Franks needed. "We worked it out so she could come in and help get the things done that needed to be done until we were able to get back where we needed to be to fill that position," Franks said. 

Tuesday's Facebook notice said the town was "looking for a motivated professional person who excels in business and customer service. Job responsibilities will include, but not limited to, being the official bookkeeper for the city, collecting and processing taxes, payroll, general financial record keeping for the city, preparing and collecting garbage bills. The ideal candidate must be able to use the software Quickbooks and have multiple computer skills." 

Anyone wanting to apply may drop off a resume with three reference letters at the Oakman City Hall until Aug. 15. The resumes will be accepted Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.