- Cullman, Alabama

August 2, 2013

Good Hope city council sifts through potential city clerk resumes

By Lauren Estes
The Cullman Times

GOOD HOPE — The Good Hope city council met in a work session Monday night to discuss resumes currently on file for the open city clerk position.

Former city clerk Lisa Dahlke resigned on July 17 following a three-hour executive session for good name and character. Records obtained by The Times show that various gift cards were purchased through a city Lowe’s account with Dahlke’s named signed. City officials have turned the matter over to the Alabama State Ethics Commission to determine what should be done concerning the purchases.

Since that time, Mayor Corey Harbison said the City of Good Hope has received 10 resumes from applicants to fill the role.

“I’m letting the council handle the resume process,” Harbison said. “In a small community you want to help everyone out, but you have to select the most qualified person for the job.”

Three of the five council members sifted through the 10 accessible resumes and narrowed it down to four applicants. Council members Susan Eller, John Harris and Maxie Jones discussed the key components that make up a potential city clerk. Harbison relayed that using the Quickbooks program, Microsoft office, being customer service friendly and having experience with bookkeeping are all characteristics that would be beneficial for the applicant to have.

“It doesn’t matter to me who we get, as long as they are a good one,” Jones said.

“Our job right now is to find someone who is qualified and wants to help our community,” Harris said.

“We are very pleased with the amount of applications we have received and the group of qualified individuals to select from,” Eller said. “We’re excited that they want to take a look into our community.”

The council can’t select a new clerk unless all five members are present. Four applicants from the 10 resumes will be called into 30-minute interviews on Tuesday, Aug. 6.

* Lauren Estes can be reached at or 256-734-2131, ext. 137.