Covington appoints Grier as new city clerk

COVINGTON - Tonya Grier has spent her entire career working for the city of Covington.

From 911 dispatcher to receptionist to customer service manager, she's worn many hats. Now, she's trying on a new one - city clerk.

Grier was appointed acting city clerk by City Manager Steve Horton, effective Jan. 20. She is replacing former clerk John Grotheer, who resigned earlier this year to take a position with the city of Dunwoody.

"I enjoy working for the city of Covington, and I thought it would be a privilege and a pleasure to serve the citizens of the city of Covington as their city clerk," Grier said.

Grier is undergoing training through the University of Georgia's Carl Vinson Institute of Government and the Georgia Municipal Association to become certified and learn about her new duties.

Those duties include serving as custodian of all official records, council minutes and archives of the city.

She will also continue to oversee customer service at City Hall.

Unlike Grotheer, she will not hold the dual role of clerk/finance director. Those duties will be divided into separate positions, according to Horton.

"Throughout her work history with the city of Covington, Tonya has proven herself to be an exemplary employee who is always courteous and professional with her fellow employees and our customers alike," Horton said of why Grier was tapped for the clerk's position.

"As an employee, Tonya is a great asset to the City of Covington, its citizens and customers. I am proud that she is a member of our management team," he added.

Grier said she plans to maintain an open door policy and help the public as best she can.

"I would like for the citizens to feel free to stop by or give me a call. If I don't know the answer, we'll find the answer. My door is always open," she said.

Grier was just out of college when she first came to work for the city in February 1992.

She first worked as a 911 dispatcher and then transferred to City Hall, where she was a receptionist before becoming customer service coordinator and then manager.

A Newton County native, she graduated from Social Circle High School and has a bachelor's degree in mass communications from The University of West Georgia and a master's degree in public administration from Troy University.

She lives just outside the Newton County line in Walton County.

Crystal Tatum can be reached at crystal.tatum@newtoncitizen.com.