Fort My­ers City Clerk Marie Adams

45 years on the job, hired in 1972, plans to pho­to­graph birds

Gulf & Main - - Around Town -

Fort My­ers City Clerk Marie Adams re­tired in May. Based on av­er­ages, Adams had been at her desk about 90,000 hours be­fore leav­ing af­ter 45 years. Gulf & Main asked Marie Adams about her time with the city and what she'll do next.

Gulf & Main: Could you share a bit of your story? Marie Adams: While vis­it­ing Florida, I made ap­pli­ca­tion through a lo­cal em­ploy­ment agency with the thought that I would get a job for a few months. Af­ter the in­ter­view at the em­ploy­ment agency, I was told they had the per­fect job for me at city hall. When I ar­rived at city hall there were eight peo­ple in­ter­view­ing for the po­si­tion. Af­ter my in­ter­view, I was hired and started work­ing that af­ter­noon.

G&M: Is clerk­ship in your DNA? MA: Yes. When I was very young I would make in­dexes for ev­ery­thing. I joined 4-H when I was 8 years old and im­me­di­ately wanted to pre­pare the min­utes of the meet­ings. Un­for­tu­nately, I held ev­ery of­fice but sec­re­tary and never did have the op­por­tu­nity to pre­pare the min­utes. I guess the old adage holds true of be­ing care­ful about what you wish for.

G&M: What’s the clerk’s role? MA: Su­per­vis­ing the em­ploy­ees in the clerk’s of­fice and at the Fort My­ers ceme­tery. At­tends all pub­lic meet­ings of city coun­cil and en­sures all doc­u­ments pre­sented to city coun­cil are cor­rect and that the min­utes are ac­cu­rately recorded. The city clerk is the cus­to­dian of the city seal, at­tests the sig­na­ture of the mayor, cus­to­dian of city records―with the ex­cep­tion of the po­lice depart­ment― ad­min­is­ters oaths, [is the] qual­i­fy­ing of­fi­cer for city elec­tions, pro­vides for a records man­age­ment pro­gram, main­tains the city code, is­sues con­tracts, pre­pares or­di­nances and res­o­lu­tions, pub­lishes the weekly pub­lic no­tice for meet­ings sub­ject to the Sun­shine Law, over­sees com­pli­ance with re­quest for pub­lic records. When I first met Sara Nell Gran, the lady who was ap­pointed city clerk the year I was born, the first ques­tion she asked me was, “Are you pre­serv­ing and pro­tect­ing the records?”

G&M: Things have changed in your time? MA: Since I be­gan work­ing for the city in 1972, we moved from the city hall on Heitman Street to the city hall on Sec­ond Street, the city went from at-large vot­ing for city coun­cil mem­bers to sin­gle mem­ber district vot­ing; the form of gov­ern­ment was changed by ref­er­en­dum from mayor/coun­cil to coun­cil/man­ager.

G&M: Any ad­vice to the next gen­er­a­tion of clerks?

MA: Rec­og­niz­ing the im­por­tance of pre­serv­ing the records that are the his­tory of the city―treat­ing ev­ery­one the same. G&M: You’re a rec­og­nized wildlife pho­tog­ra­pher. You will pur­sue that in re­tire­ment? MA: Yes, I will def­i­nitely spend more time pho­tograph­ing birds.

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