But­ton, Kel­ley seek clerk seat

The Times (Northeast Benton County) - - NEWS - AN­NETTE BEARD abeard@nwadg.com

Sandy But­ton and Michael Aaron Kel­ley are both seek­ing the po­si­tion of City Clerk/Trea­surer. Both spoke at a fo­rum re­cently telling their views to the pub­lic.

Ques­tion: What’s your best ar­gu­ment why vot­ers in Pea Ridge should elect you city clerk?

Kel­ley: “I un­der­stand the du­ties of the city clerk — keep con­trol of laws and or­di­nances and keep the history of the town. I’ve al­ways been a writer, got a de­gree in broad­cast jour­nal­ism. It’s some­thing I would love to do. Also, keep the min­utes of the City Coun­cil meet­ings and the quar­terly fi­nan­cial sta­tus of the city.”

But­ton: “Main­tain­ing the min­utes, pre­par­ing the agen­das and pre­par­ing in­for­ma­tion for City Coun­cil, all or­di­nances and res­o­lu­tions — there are 650 or­di­nances and 450 res­o­lu­tions. It also en­tails the fi­nan­cial part of the city be­cause we’re au­dited by state au­di­tors … great staff … all our fi­nan­cials are per­fect.”

Ques­tion: Based on your eval­u­a­tion of the job, how many hours per week do you plan to com­mit to the po­si­tion? Please ex­plain your an­swer.

But­ton: “The clerk/trea­surer part of my job is go­ing to coun­cil meet­ings once a month or more if there is a com­mit­tee of the whole meet­ing, keep­ing track of at­ten­dance so coun­cil mem­bers can be paid, pre­par­ing agen­das — items are brought to the of­fice about 10 days be­fore meet­ings. At the Coun­cil meet­ings, keep all the min­utes, we do record them now. I type all the min­utes. We have all the min­utes since the 1950s. It’s mostly just that and mak­ing sure the fi­nan­cials are done.”

Kel­ley: “As far as I un­der­stand it, it should not be a full-time po­si­tion, as far as what is re­quired.”

Ques­tion: What are the du­ties of the city clerk, as you un­der­stand them?

Kel­ley: “I look on the web­site and it re­quires you to re­quest the min­utes in­stead of it just be­ing there … It’s very easy to post that in a timely fash­ion, even video meet­ings to hear what’s go­ing on.”

But­ton: “Be­cause I love my job and I love to do it and I love my com­mu­nity. I feel like we have a very open door pol­icy. We do have a web­site. That web­site is grow­ing. It would be very easy to put it on the web­site. With my ex­pe­ri­ence, I’d like to keep do­ing my job.”

But­ton has held the elected po­si­tion since 1985, ex­cept for a brief hia­tus from 2000-05 when she moved out of the city lim­its. She cur­rently fills three po­si­tions within the city gov­ern­ment. She is hired as of­fice man­ager (since Au­gust 1977) and hired as court clerk (since Novem­ber 1977) in ad­di­tion to be­ing elected clerk/trea­surer.

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Edi­tor’s note: This is the se­cond of a two-part se­ries on the can­di­dates for Pea Ridge City Clerk/Trea­surer.

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