Reed City Council approves Beam as city clerk

She previously served as interim clerk for three months

REED CITY – After serving as interim clerk for three months, Jackie Beam was hired as clerk of Reed City at the Reed City Council meeting Monday. During her time as interim clerk, Beam has administered the presidential primary election in March and the school election in May. Before that time, she had served as the city’s deputy clerk for 14 years under previous clerk Jane Wekenman, who retired suddenly in early February. Reed City Manager Ron Marek said 28 applications were received for the clerk’s position and seven candidates were interviewed. Beam was among the top three candidates, and Marek said her years of experience as deputy clerk and months as interim clerk made her the best choice for the job. “With her qualifications and what we were looking for, she became the most qualified candidate,” Marek said. “The city is fortunate to have an excellent clerk on board.” Beam said when the position was originally posted, she was not interested in the clerk’s position due to the lack of contact she would have with residents. As deputy clerk and also as interim clerk, she works at the City Hall’s reception desk and enjoys talking with residents who visit the office. “When they come through the door, I’m the first one they see,” Beam said. “I didn’t want to miss the people.” Following encouragement from others, and after learning the deputy clerk’s position would be cut to part-time, she decided to apply for the position. Though she will have her own office and may not see as many residents who come in, Beam said she is excited to have the clerk’s position. Councilmen David Bisbee was one of those who encouraged Beam to apply for the position and said it would have been a loss for the council if she hadn’t done so. The deputy clerk’s position will be filled with a part-time position in the future. In other business, the council;
  • discussed evaluation of the Marek after each council member turned in a questionnaire regarding his performance as city manager. His average performance rating was between three and four out of five;
  • asked city attorney Dave Porteous to supply to the council with information about the process of amending the City Charter to include emergency provision on spending and change the city manager’s purchasing allowance. After the council’s next meeting they will begin the process of forming a committee to amend the charter;
  • voted to move three sets of bleacher seats from the site of the former Footloose soccer field to the Reed City sports complex.