The New County Clerk
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#1 Jan 17, 2012
New Year brings new county commission clerk
By Jerry Gunn Staff
Hall Commissioners are set to approve McCain's appointment Thursday GAINESVILLE - The Hall County Commission Board's new clerk is no stranger to Hall County. Melissa McCain is set to begin work on January 18th, according to a commission announcement during the Board's first work session of the New Year on Monday.
Commission Chairman Tom Oliver said the clerk's position needed to be filled as soon as possible following December's resignation of former clerk Heather Coggins, who left for a job in Atlanta.
“She used to be the Flowery Branch clerk who is currently the clerk in Doraville,” Oliver said.“She’s coming back to Hall County and she still lives in south Hall County.”
Commissioner Craig Lutz, a former Flowery Branch councilman, said he was glad McCain was coming back. County Administrator Randy Knighton said with her experience McCain would be a valuable addition to his staff.
“Melissa has extensive and diverse experience as a local government clerk, and she comes highly recommended,” Knighton said.
The appointment will be made official at Thursday’s board meeting. McCain, before her post in Flowery Branch, served as city clerk in the Village of Huntley, Illinois. According to a Hall County news release, she also has law enforcement experience and holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and an associate’s degree in applied science in criminal justice.
The commission clerk directs the activities necessary to prepare for Board of Commissioners meetings and dispenses information regarding decisions and actions of the Commission. She prepares the agenda and minutes for meetings, maintains permanent county records and serves as the Board’s intermediary with the public, other elected officials and departments.
Tania Gallman, already on the commission staff, will serve as Deputy Commission Clerk.
“Whoever comes up and requests that from the county will probably be looked on favorably,” Oliver said.
Commissioners approved seven refund requests during Monday's work session. This year taxes are due just once, on December 1st.
Commissioners learned that time is running out to get the county's new administration building ready for the 2012 elections. Public Works Director Ken Rearden asked for up to $322,000 to get the lower level of the former Liberty Mutual Building ready for the elections office.
“We have a very small window to move Elections,” Reardon said.“I would request that you give us this allowance only on the bottom floor.”
The elections office is currently housed in rented space in a shopping center on Browns Bridge Road.
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