Ven­able, Allen join staff at Cedar­town City Hall

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The City of Cedar­town an­nounced two new hires this week who will be tak­ing over in dif­fer­ent roles within city hall.

Heather Ven­able has joined the staff at Cedar­town City Hall. She will over­see hu­man re­sources man­age­ment and ac­counts payable. Mitzi Allen has also been wel­comed as the City of Cedar­town’s new­est em­ployee. Allen be­gan her du­ties at City Hall in the Clerk II po­si­tion on Fe­bru­ary 1.

A na­tive of Alexan­der City, Ala., Ven­able and her son, Jack­son, are res­i­dents of Rock­mart. She grad­u­ated from Horse­shoe Bend High School in 1996 and at­tended South­ern Union State Com­mu­nity Col­lege on a cheer­lead­ing schol­ar­ship. Ven­able later trans­ferred to Jack­sonville State Univer­sity, where she stud­ied busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion and ac­count­ing.

She comes to the City af­ter work­ing for 13 years for the Polk County Wa­ter Au­thor­ity. There, she man­aged pay­roll and ac­counts payable, so the tran­si­tion into her new po­si­tion is fa­mil­iar. “I en­joy work­ing and in­ter­act­ing with em­ploy­ees, and I am look­ing for­ward to get­ting to know ev­ery­one here at the City,” Ven­able said.

Ven­able fills the po­si­tion for­merly held by Lisa Barker. Barker ac­cepted a po­si­tion in the City’s wa­ter depart­ment.

Out­side of work obli­ga­tions, Ven­able is an ac­tive mem­ber of New Hope Fel­low­ship Church and en­joys an­tiquing and thrift store bar­gain hunt­ing.

In her role, Allen is re­spon­si­ble for pro­vid­ing ex­cel­lent cus­tomer ser­vice, record­ing util­ity pay­ments, is­su­ing busi­ness and al­co­hol li­censes and man­ag­ing out­side fire pro­tec­tion for res­i­dents liv­ing be­yond the city lim­its.

Just a few days into her new po­si­tion, Allen said she’s al­ready fit­ting in. “It just feels like a fam­ily here and I am re­ally en­joy­ing it,” she said. “I love work­ing with cus­tomers and the ones I have met since I started here have been so nice.”

A 1995 grad­u­ate of Cedar­town High School, Allen and her hus­band live in Cedar­town with their two chil­dren. She is cur­rently en­rolled as stu­dent in the Col­lege of Adult and Pro­fes­sional Pro­grams at Shorter Univer­sity where she is slated to grad­u­ate in De­cem­ber 2017 with a de­gree in busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Allen pre­vi­ously worked at Char­ter Com­mu­ni­ca­tions in the cus­tomer ser­vice and sales depart­ment. She takes the po­si­tion for­merly held by Ed­ward Guz­man. Guz­man re­ceived a pro­mo­tion and now serves as as­sis­tant city clerk.

Away from work, Allen en­joys spend­ing time with her fam­ily and their four dogs and watch­ing her daugh­ter play ten­nis.

Heather Ven­able will over­see Hu­man Re­sources for the City of Cedart­won in her new role on staff

Mitzi Allen is a new em­ployee with the City of Cedar­town work­ing on ac­counts payable and re­ceiv­abable and li­cen­sisng is­sues.

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