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Porterdale hires new clerk

PORTERDALE - Months of controversy surrounding the position of city clerk came to a quiet conclusion in Porterdale Monday night. Lynn Fendley took the oath of office from Mayor Bobby Hamby and then took her seat at the council table to record the minutes of the council's regular meeting.

Fendley said she became interested in the Porterdale clerk's position after hearing about it from a friend. Fendley said she was looking for a local position after being laid off from her previous job with a restaurant group in Madison where she worked in accounting.

Fendley said she's looking forward to the challenges of working in local government.

"I'm trying to get my feet wet right now because it's going to be a big learning experience for me, as well, because I haven't worked for a government before," she said.

Fendley is a long-time resident of Covington and a member of Eastridge Community Church.

Fendley succeeds former clerk Shari Stevenson who was not reappointed to the clerk's position in January following a dispute among council members over job performance.

Councilman Robert Foxworth claimed at the time that there were discrepancies in previous city audits and that past-due city water bills had not been turned over to the city's collection agency since 2005. Mayor Bobby Hamby stressed at the time that no money was missing from the city's coffers and that any discrepancies were due to software problems.

Although the council did not reappoint Stevenson, no wrongdoing on her part was ever disclosed by the council.

Some on the council attributed Foxworth's claims to a personal vendetta against those who played a role in his censure by the council three years ago after he reportedly made inappropriate comments to a city employee. Stevenson was interviewed as part of an investigation into those allegations.