Mexico Beach is on the hunt for a city clerk. Again.
After just a month on the job, Sharon McGhee resigned her position as city clerk last Monday.
During a special meeting held the last week of July, Mayor Al Cathey recommended not to continue McGhee’s employment and reminded the council that he had not voted for her initially.
“I have 40 years of experience dealing with people. I won’t discard my instincts,” said Cathey at the meeting. “I don’t think we made the right choice.”
Cathey said the learning curve was bigger than he anticipated and felt that the new clerk wasn’t progressing quickly enough in her duties.
McGhee said that her knowledge of the role was based on the job ad she originally read along with bits and pieces she picked up from city employees.
McGhee spoke of getting “conflicting information” when it came to the job’s responsibilities and expressed frustration at the lack of an organized procedural document.
No vote was taken on McGhee’s employment during the meeting and Councilwoman Tanya Castro encouraged her fellow councilmembers to be supportive of the new employee.
The resignation came several weeks later putting the city right back where it started, in need of a clerk.
In an attempt to avoid further conflicting information, the council held a special meeting on Monday to finalize the responsibilities of the position. They built a new list by adding on responsibilities to the version they’d written in 2005, though Cathey noted that it would not be possible to list all duties of the city clerk.
They also did their best to separate which responsibilities would go to the city clerk and what would go to the accounting clerk.
Cathey asked if former city clerk Debbie McLeod might fill in again on weekends so that city doesn’t fall too far behind with its administrative tasks but no decision was reached.
City Administrator Chris Hubbard said that bank statements and budget adjustments were far behind schedule leaving the city’s books outdated and likely inaccurate.
“We have no idea how much money is in the bank account,” said Hubbard.
The council will revisit applications they received for the last round of staffing and planned to re-list the job advertisement online as “open until filled.”
A special meeting was scheduled to review the existing applications.