She previously served as interim clerk for three months REED CITY \u2013 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\u2019s 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\u2019s 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. \u201cWith her qualifications and what we were looking for, she became the most qualified candidate,\u201d Marek said. \u201cThe city is fortunate to have an excellent clerk on board.\u201d Beam said when the position was originally posted, she was not interested in the clerk\u2019s 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\u2019s reception desk and enjoys talking with residents who visit the office. \u201cWhen they come through the door, I\u2019m the first one they see,\u201d Beam said. \u201cI didn\u2019t want to miss the people.\u201d Following encouragement from others, and after learning the deputy clerk\u2019s 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\u2019s 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\u2019t done so. The deputy clerk\u2019s 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\u2019s purchasing allowance. After the council\u2019s 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.