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Owenton Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier had little doubt who would step up to fill the position of city clerk.
The position came open after the death of Charlotte Cobb. Laura Aldridge, who had served as deputy city clerk for a year and a half, was sworn in as city clerk at the Feb. 3 Owenton City Council meeting.
“Laura and I had discussed what would happen after Charlotte retired,” Wotier said. “She showed an interest then in the position. All of the city council members agreed that Laura would be good for the job and I feel confident that she will serve the city of Owenton well.”
Wotier said he couldn’t think of anyone more qualified for the position than Laura.
“Laura always did a great job as deputy clerk,” Wotier said. “She is good with the programs and software we use at city hall. She excels in learning.”
Having served as deputy clerk for such a short period of time, Wotier said Aldridge still has a lot to learn.
“There is so much to learn in local government,” Wotier said. “She will go through a lot of training, annual city clerk meetings and things of that nature. The learning process is never-ending, but Laura is a very quick learner and she stays on top of things.”
Aldridge said she is excited to serve as city clerk.
“I’m really happy to have the opportunity to serve the citizens of Owenton as city clerk,” Aldridge said. “I’m looking forward to digging in and doing everything I can for this city.”
Wotier feels confident Aldridge will make a great city clerk and serve the community to the best of her abilities.
“She has the best interest of the city at heart,” Wotier said. “She has local roots and she really enjoys what she does. Knowing that makes this change a lot easier.”
Finding someone to assume the position of deputy city clerk is the next step for Wotier and the members of city council.
“A lot of people have inquired about the deputy clerk position,” Wotier said. “I feel confident that we will find someone who will do a great job.”