Sweeney named interim city clerk

The resignation of the man who has served as city clerk-treasurer since 2017 was unanimously accepted by the Enterprise City Council at a special called meeting Sept. 9.

Robert “Bob” Dean’s resignation is effective Oct. 31 but he will be on paid leave until the effective date of his resignation. “He will be on paid leave so that he can attend to personal family business,” Enterprise City Council President Perry Vickers told those attending the special called meeting.

With Councilman Al Miller casting the single opposing vote, the council members voted 4 to 1 in favor of authorizing Mayor William “Bill” Cooper to enter into an agreement providing for six weeks of pay to Dean on Oct. 31.

Assistant City Clerk Beverly Sweeney was named interim city clerk-treasurer by majority, with Vickers and Councilman Eugene Goolsby casting the opposing votes.

Dean was named to the city clerk-treasurer post at the Enterprise City Council meeting Oct. 17, 2017, after the Enterprise City Council held daylong interviews of four finalists Oct. 12, 2017.

Until Dean’s appointment in 2017, the clerk-treasurer position had been filled by Sweeney and interim city treasurer Danielle Jackson who were appointed to the posts by the city council Oct. 4, 2016. Both had served as assistants to longtime Enterprise City Clerk-Treasurer Steve Hicks, who is now the Donalsonville, Ga., city manager.

The city clerk-treasurer reports to the mayor and city council and is responsible for the assistant city clerk, assistant city treasurer, financial specialist, administrative assistant, community services coordinator, chief revenue officer and water board office manager.

The city clerk-treasurer’s duties include responsibility for the daily administration of the city council and water board to include the preparation, implementation, and maintenance of documentation and projects related to council and various board actions.

The city clerk-treasurer also oversees the financial activities of all city operations, conducts budget meetings with department heads and submits budgets to the city council and mayor. All aspects of municipal elections are under the domain of the city clerk-treasurer.

In other business, the council approved an ordinance providing for the authorization of bills and checks to be signed by Sweeney and Enterprise Communications Director Jason Wright.

The next meeting of the Enterprise City Council is Sept. 17 in Enterprise City Hall. A work session begins at 5 p.m. in the mayor’s council chambers. A voting meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the council chambers. Both meetings are open to the public.

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