Porterdale names new city clerk

PORTERDALE — The City Council unanimously approved the appointment of Judy Johnson as the new city clerk in a called meeting Monday night. Johnson fills the position vacated by the resignation of Lynn Rodriguez last month.

Johnson, who started her new job Tuesday morning, previously worked for Newton County for approximately five years in the Planning and Zoning Department until her position was eliminated due to budget cuts. Johnson said she worked as both the office manager and zoning administrator.

Prior to working for Newton County, Johnson said she worked in human resources and loss prevention for an oil company in Alabama, as well as serving as store manager for the company.

The annual salary for the city clerk position is $35,000, according to Frank Sherrill, interim city manager for Porterdale.

Sherrill said he received about 60 applications for the city clerk job and about the same number for a part-time customer service representative position that the city recently filled.

The city's search for a full-time city manager is ongoing, according to Mayor Bobby Hamby.

"The cutoff (for applications) was Monday," Hamby said, "so we have a committee that will be reviewing the applications. I'm trying to get those out to (the committee) this week."

Hamby said the pool of applicants will be narrowed to four or five candidates who will be brought before the City Council for a final decision.

Porterdale's former city manager, Tom Fox, resigned in January to take on the position of public safety director of Social Circle. Sherrill is serving as interim city manager on a contract basis.

It was also announced last week that Sandy Fowler had resigned her position as manager of the potential Better Hometown program to pursue other interests. Sherrill said applications are being taken to fill that part-time position. The council is expected to make appointments to fill the Better Hometown board in April. The board will then be asked to make recommendations on hiring a new manager, Sherrill said.