Thursday, October 27, 2005

McDonald new city clerk

Staff Writer

Belinda McDonald will be stepping in to the city clerk’s position at Holly Springs City Hall in mid-November.

The board of alderman voted last week to hire McDonald.

She brings lots of training and experience to the job. She has served three years as deputy circuit clerk in Marshall County.

“Of course, I am excited for her,” said Lucy Carpenter, circuit clerk. “The board of aldermen is very lucky to have an applicant with her education and background. She will be an excellent clerk, dedicated and very loyal. They just couldn’t have done any better.”

McDonald, the daughter of Robert Lee and Kathyel Sims of Marshall County, graduated from Holly Springs High School and earned a bachelor’s in accounting at Ole Miss in 1986. While in college she worked part-time at the circuit clerk’s office.

She relocated to Atlanta, Ga., to work for Spelman College nine plus years as accounts payable supervisor and budget accountant. After Spelman, McDonald joined the Atlanta Housing Authority as budget manager in the department of protective services where she served one year before moving back home.

Upon her return, Carpenter asked McDonald to come on full-time as deputy clerk.

“She is very smart,” said Carpenter. “I hate to lose her, but I’m happy she’s going to have this opportunity.”

McDonald said the city clerk’s position offers an opportunity for her to use all her training and experience in accounting - accounts receivable and payable, payroll, and budgeting - as well as experience gained as deputy clerk.

“Deputy clerk is actually my first job out of accounting, but I gained valuable experience working with people on a daily basis and in elections,” McDonald said.

She understands the voter registration and absentee voter registration process and has helped work one big countywide election (2003). She’s comfortable working with people.

She has experience with supervision and department budgets. The city clerk’s post will offer an opportunity to step up to a higher level of responsibility.

McDonald said she will be attending conferences and training workshops to learn all she can about responsibilities of the city clerk.

It is a step up that McDonald feels excited about and prepared for which includes 14 years experience in accounting.

“I’m very excited about the challenge I am about to journey upon,” she said. “It’s a blessing from God. This is a wonderful opportunity to make a contribution to the City, and to be a part of the new development coming to the city and to share in the growth of Holly Springs.

“I am grateful and very appreciative to have been given this opportunity to serve as city clerk for the City of Holly Springs.”

Lucy Carpenter and McDonald’s parents have been positive influences.

“Lately, Ms. Lucy Carpenter has been very influential in my life,” McDonald said. “She is such a wonderful, sweet person. She’s well respected and I have learned a lot from her.

“My parents have been very influential in my life, teaching me love and respect for others. I was brought up in a family which respected others and treated people fairly. And my faith in God, that all comes from my parents and family.”

McDonald is married to Johnny B. McDonald, director of enrollment services at Rust College and pastor of Miles Chapel CME Church in Sardis. The couple have two children. She is a parent very involved with the growth of her children. She assists in Girl Scouts, attends basketball games and cheerleader competitions with her children, is an active Booster Club member and serves as Youth Director at Miles Chapel.

McDonald is a member if Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity. In high school, she was a member of the National Honor Society.

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