Oberlin council changes clerk’s title, updates job description


By Valerie Urbanik - vurbanik@civitasmedia.com



<p style="text-align: right;">Valerie Urbanik | Oberlin News-Tribune <p style="text-align: left;">Councilwoman Sharon Pearson urged her fellow council members to change Belinda Anderson’s job tite to clerk of council and not city clerk.

Valerie Urbanik | Oberlin News-Tribune

Councilwoman Sharon Pearson urged her fellow council members to change Belinda Anderson’s job tite to clerk of council and not city clerk.


Belinda Anderson used to have two official titles. Now she has one.

Oberlin city council decided Monday to dispense with “city clerk” and go solely with “clerk of council.”

“I feel very strongly about having this title as one title,” said councilwoman Sharon Pearson. “I really believe it needs to be clerk of council, mainly because that’s how the charter refers to this position.”

The change was made in a 7-0 vote.

It entails cleaning some minor points in Anderson’s job description. She will no longer implement discipline and termination procedures for Oberlin staffers, but now will “meet withstaff to identify and resolve problems.”

The clerk of council job description has also been stripped of a directive to maintain Oberlin’s domestic registry. Anderson will still do that duty, however, because a council ordinance requires her to do so.

Anderson’s job also requires her to maintain a record of council proceedings, prepare all packets for meetings of council, ensure accurate up-to-date filing of city ordinances and resolutions, assist the law director in the management of the annexation process for the city, and coordinate travel and training arrangements for council members.

Valerie Urbanik can be reached at 440-775-1611 or on Twitter @ValUrbanik.

Valerie Urbanik | Oberlin News-Tribune

Councilwoman Sharon Pearson urged her fellow council members to change Belinda Anderson’s job tite to clerk of council and not city clerk.

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Valerie Urbanik | Oberlin News-Tribune

Councilwoman Sharon Pearson urged her fellow council members to change Belinda Anderson’s job tite to clerk of council and not city clerk.

By Valerie Urbanik

vurbanik@civitasmedia.com