Oxford city clerk to retire

Photo by Oxford

Photo by Oxford

OXFORD -- There will be a shuffle in leadership over the next few months for the City of Oxford.

This week, city clerk Carol Poole announced that she would retire, effective Feb. 28.

"My husband retired two-and-a-half years ago, and I think it's my turn now," she said.

Poole has worked with the city for more than 20 years, serving under five mayors.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed working here," she said. "I've met lots of good folks."

Mayor Jerry Roseberry said the city plans to change over to a city manager form of government by July 1, so there will be a gap from March through June. In the interim, current Oxford Police Chief Clark Miller will serve as an administrator and city clerk for the city.

"He worked for 12 years as an administrative aid for the DeKalb County Police Department, and they had 1,000 officers and about 300 employees," Roseberry said. "He has experience with purchasing, personnel and government manager."

Deputy City Clerk Lauran Willis also will continue to work for the department, Roseberry said.

He said Miller will continue to serve as the police chief and will be compensated financially for the extra work, although all of the details haven't yet been worked out.

The city has applied to the legislature for a change to its city charter in order to switch to a city manager form of government. Roseberry hopes to be notified by May on whether that change has been approved, and afterward, the city will begin advertising for the position.

Poole and her husband Charles hopes to do some traveling after her retirement, especially up the east coast and into Canada. She also plans to keep busy with her three children and nine grandchildren, who are very involved in sports, after her retirement.

"I will miss everybody (at the city)," said Poole, who has lived in Oxford for 34 years.

Employee retirement also will affect another city department, Roseberry said.

Two other city employees who work with the city's sanitation department also plan to retire on Feb. 28. As a result, the mayor has submitted a request for a proposal to privatize the sanitation department.

Currently, four city workers handle trash pickup, recycling and yard waste and transports it to the Newton County landfill. Roseberry plans to conduct a financial study this month to see if privatizing the department would be a feasible plan.

If so, he plans to find a company that will continue to provide garbage pickup once a week and recycling once a week; the company may transport it to the landfill in Newton County or another one it already uses. The city will continue to collect yard waste, Roseberry said.

Roseberry doesn't expect citizens to pay more than the $20 per month that they currently pay with the change.