The city of Denison recently hired a new deputy city clerk.
The city council approved the hiring of a new deputy city clerk at its Aug. 19 meeting. This follows the recent resignation of previous deputy clerk, Kacie Galyon, who left earlier in the month.
Here are three things to know about the position of city clerk.
1. It’s a state-mandated position: The city clerk is required both by state law as well as the city charter. The clerk is appointed by the city manager and confirmed by the city council. The chief responsibilities include overseeing meetings, city records, city ordinances and similar duties.
2. There is a clerk and deputy clerk: In Denison the city clerk is currently Christine Wallentine. She has held the position since her appointment in June, 2016. Fanchon Stearns was recently appointed to replace Galyon who left for a job in Melissa. Galyon held the position since May 2018. Carrie Jones was the city clerk before Wallentine from 2013 until 2016. She moved into another role in the city.
3. Helps run city operations: The city clerk is actively involved in the day-to-day operations of the city. The clerk and deputy have considerable contact with the general public as the point of entry for most matters at city hall. The clerk does not have authority to handle disputes but does have direct contact with the city manager, city council and the general public.