Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Atlantic Beach Clerk Packs Up 19 Years of Memories

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Atlantic Beach Clerk Packs Up 19 Years of Memories

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Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar, Shorelines staff writer

During City Clerk Maureen King's 19-year career with Atlantic Beach, she has seen the city grow from a small town to one of the most popular residential communities in Northeast Florida.

The city grew in population, size and resources during her time in City Hall, which included annexing land from Jacksonville, buying utility facilities and moving from the old City Hall at the Adele Grage Community Center to City Hall at Jack Russell Park in 1991.

When King started working for the city, residents would come by City Hall for a cup of coffee and sit and chat with staff.

"We had the time to sit with them," she said. "Now, everyone's days are so full, they don't have time to visit."

Back then, Atlantic Beach was a small, slow-paced community where residents knew each other by first name.

King originally was hired as the city manager's secretary in 1985, but she also worked closely with Adelaide Tucker, then the city clerk. Tucker encouraged King to attend a seminar by the Florida Association of City Clerks to get an all-around education on city government. The seminar gave King a better understanding of how local government works.

When Tucker retired in 1988, King applied for the position and was hired. Now, after 16 years as city clerk, King is retiring on Tuesday to spend more time with her family and to travel.

King said she was fortunate to become the city clerk.

In Atlantic Beach, the position is appointed by the City Commission and serves as an administrative support for the elected officials. The city clerk is also custodian of all city records, administers oaths, prepares the agenda for the commission meetings and is the supervisor of elections for city elections.

Since King announced her retirement earlier this summer, the commission has established a committee to help them elect a new city clerk. …

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