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After assisting, King steps into clerk's job

Shawnie King has taken over the village clerk’s position in Bay City, being assisted by former Clerk Kay Beder. A new clerk’s office has been opened in the local public works department’s shop at the east end of town. (Herald photo by Bill Kirk)

BAY CITY—Shawnie King accumulated quite a bit of bookkeeping experience while working for her husband’s business.

That, coupled with the assistance King provided to former Bay City Village Clerk Kay Beder for six years, has served Beder’s successor since taking over the clerk’s job this summer. Now, retiree Beder is the one giving the help and it’s unclear whether a new assistant will be hired.

“Kay is still involved with some of the big projects,” King said, adding about the possibility of introducing a second permanent office employee, “I think so…eventually.”

Meantime, the new full-time clerk is transitioning into handling payroll for herself and the two other village employees (the full-time public works director and part-time public works worker), the tax roll in the community of 497 people, the village budget, keeping minutes for village board meetings, doing accounts receivable, working with insurances, issuing dog licenses, billing for the water utility monthly and more.

“I’m here from around 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays,” she said of hours kept at the new office created with her advancement.

Clerk’s operations were previously headquartered at Beder’s home, King said. They have been relocated to the public works department’s shop at the east end of the village’s main street. The project, which took approximately a month to complete this summer, was basically a revamp of space formerly used by public works and now made to accommodate both the clerk and that department.

For more please read the Oct. 23 print version of the Herald. 

Bill Kirk

Bill Kirk was editor of the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth, from 1988 to February, 2015 and is now on staff as a reporter. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He previously worked in the media distribution department at the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus and is past editor of The Tri-County News in Osseo, Wisconsin.

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