The Cutler Bay town council on Oct. 6 decided to summon the skills of a competent colleague when it came to selecting the new town clerk.
A 3-2 town council vote on a resolution confirmed the decision to select interim town clerk, and former assistant to the town clerk, Jacqueline Wilson.
“I am honored to continue to serve the town council and our residents in my newly appointed position as town clerk,” said Wilson, one of three finalists for the job. “I will continue to be responsive and available on a daily basis to our residents. I am very grateful for this exciting opportunity to excel with the town.”
Wilson took over as interim clerk in March, following the departure of Debra E. Eastman. Eastman had served as clerk for 2½ years and retired with more than 40 years of town clerk experience.
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Councilmembers Roger Coriat and Sue Ellen Loyzelle dissented on the decision.
“I, along with the town council, am very happy to announce the permanent hiring of our town clerk, Jacqueline Wilson,” Mayor Peggy Bell said. “We greatly appreciate the quality of the many other applicants and thank them for their interest in the position.”
Wilson graduated from Central Pennsylvania College with an associate’s degree in applied science of office administration. She has more than 11 years of experience in the private sector, including stops at Corporate Procurement and Indirect Procurement Group at Rite Aid.
“They were all three really well qualified,” Town Manager Ralph Casals said. “I can tell you from my interaction with her on a daily basis, she has been here for seven months as interim town clerk. … In that short period of time, we worked together successfully on 21 council meetings, 33 committee meetings and I think we had a stat of over 990 lean searches that have been processed in that time. So in terms of workflow-wise, from my standpoint, she worked very well with the town manager’s office. I can probably speak to the town attorney’s offices, where she worked very well as the town clerk, with the attorney’s and the manager’s office together. I think it’s a good team.”
Casals said more than 22 candidates applied for the position. Wilson’s former position has been filled.
“As our interim clerk the past seven months I’ve had the opportunity to work closely with Ms. Wilson,” Bell said. “I have found her to be an exemplary employee. She’s professional, hard working, and truly cares about the town and its’ residents. We received many favorable comments in support of Ms. Wilson from residents and Citizen Committee board members. Jacqueline, as a part of our Cutler Bay family, will continue to provide excellent service to the residents and businesses of Cutler Bay.”