Candidates interviewed for clerk job

Published 6:38 pm Tuesday, April 4, 2017

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The search for a clerical position within the Commission office was narrowed down to three candidates after 10 applications were received and reviewed.

Brittani Ellison, Hannah Machen and Erika Cooper returned for a second interview that took place during a work session on April 3.

“You won’t go wrong with either of these three people,” Chairman Allen Caton said.

Ellison has worked in a public role before at the Chilton County Chamber of Commerce and described herself as a “list-maker.”

Good personality and dedication is what Machen looks to bring to the table in everything that she does.

“Give them all that you’ve got,” Machen said. “I like challenge.”

She currently owns Ella Ruth Boutique in Clanton.

Cooper highlighted her work ethic to the Commissioners.

She recently returned to Chilton County after a five-year stint with her husband working in the oil fields in North Dakota.

The job was listed as an entry-level position with room to grow.

Commissioner Matt Mims asked each candidate how they would handle the multiple personalities that exist in an office setting, while Commissioner Steve Langston asked if the job is considered a short or long term option for them.

“It is critical that we hire someone for this position by next Monday,” Caton said.

According to Caton, it was the first time since he has been a member of the Commission that the commissioners were involved in the hiring process for other than an administrative position.

Also interviewed was Philip Martin as a candidate for a maintenance position with the county. The position has been open for 18 months.

Martin is universal certified to work on all three types of air condition units, such as small appliances, residential and business.

There are 20 air condition units in the Chilton County Jail alone.

“We’re trying to hire someone as an overall maintenance person,” Caton said.

In other news from the work session, the Commission:

  • Discussed the possibility of placing bars or bullet proof glass over 34 lower windows of the courthouse for safety reasons. A quote will be gathered.
  • Contract lengths and possible incentives were discussed in connection with the open administrative position.
  • Mims brought up the idea of creating a day pass for people to fish in the lake on the industrial park land that could help bring in revenue and solve a complaint that he heard from a concerned citizen that the Sheriff’s Office were the only people allowed to fish in the lake.