Clayton leaders didn’t have to look far – just up U.S. 70 – to find their next town clerk.
The Town Council on Monday hired Garner’s deputy clerk, Kimberly Moffett, to fill the town’s vacant clerk post. The appointment comes a little more than two months after Clayton’s former clerk, Sherry Scoggins, left for the Town of Cary.
Moffett, who lives in Willow Spring, worked for the Clayton Chamber of Commerce from 2007 to 2010. She started in Garner in January 2011.
“My favorite part of Clayton is the community,” Moffett said. “People care about each other and look out for each other. It feels very warm to me.”
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Clayton received more than a dozen applications for the clerk position, and a committee interviewed six people for the job, said Town Manager Steve Biggs. Moffett stood out for a variety of reasons, Biggs said, including her municipal clerk certification.
“She’s got that right combination of being very organized but also being a resourceful problem-solver,” Biggs said.
In Garner, Moffett helped plan events, managed schedules of town leaders and coordinated the town’s 2013 trip to the All-America City awards in Denver.
A native of New York, Moffett started her career in municipal government with police department in Suffolk County, N.Y. She worked as a stenographer for 16 years before moving to the Southeast. She worked at a law firm, then took a job with the N.C. Association of Nonprofit Homes for the Aging in Raleigh.
Clayton’s town clerk works closely with the mayor and answers to the Clayton Town Council. The clerk is responsible for creating and maintaining all town records under state guidelines. Those duties include drafting meeting minutes, validating documents and overseeing public notices, ordinances and advertisements.
“She’s amazing, she’s smart, and she’s organized,” Clayton Mayor Jody McLeod said. “She’s really, really excited about coming back to Clayton.”
In her spare time, Moffett said, she stays busy keeping up with her 13-year-old son, Cody, and going to shows with her husband, Bud, a musician. She also loves to cook and spend time with her four dogs.
Moffett starts in Clayton on Oct. 20, the same day as the Town Council’s regular work session. She said she’s ready for the challenge of learning the ins and outs of a new local government.
“I interact with so many different people in the community, town employees and so many different departments,” Moffett said. “I enjoy being able to work with different people on different projects.”