Liberty votes to combine Clerk/Treasurer positions

LIBERTY — Monday night, Liberty City council passed with a 4-2 vote in favor of combining the clerk and treasurer positions for the city of Liberty.

“The position has been combined in past history and had not been split until recent years,” Council Member Lisa Hunter said. “The combined clerk/treasurer position is the way the vast majority of municipalities with similar populations operate in South Carolina.”

“Council acted only after researching how other cities of the same relative size handled the positions along with input from our accounting firm, Appalachian Council of Government and the Municipal Association of South Carolina,” Councilman Brian Petersen said.

“This is part of a continuing restructuring of our departments for more efficient operation,” Mayor Michael Sheriff said. “Council and I are committed to making Liberty all it can be, while continuing to provide the level of service our citizens deserve.”

The next several months will be a transition period, with current City Clerk, Erin Lewis, taking over the newly created position January 1.