Chapin town clerk recognized for going above and beyond during Municipal Clerk’s Week
Chapin, SC (Paul Kirby) – Chapin Town Clerk Julie Hammond was recognized by the mayor and council Tuesday night during the town’s council meeting and South Carolina’s Municipal Clerk Week. Hammond, an employee who has been with the town about 18 months, is an exemplary staff member who has always gone above and beyond her assigned duties to serve the town of Chapin and the public in a tradition of dedication that is much more than just her assigned duties.
Recently, Nicholle Burroughs, spokesperson for Chapin, said that Julie has been invaluable since the town has been down several key staff members in 2018. “Since we’ve been without a zoning administrator, Julie has stepped up and taken on much of that load. She’s coordinated between the public and the consultant that we’ve contracted with through the COG to make sure that questions are answered and that everything has gone smoothly. She’s also worked with the ARB and the Planning Commission beside performing the work she was originally hired to do.”
Julie’s job description includes assisting the mayor and the council with the daily operations of the town. She ensures that all of the FOIA requirements are met before any meetings are held, keeps detailed minutes of all meetings, prepares the planning packages for all the meetings, invites whoever might be necessary to the correct sessions when they have pertinent information that helps the town’s government make decisions, and a host of other duties.
When Julie’s not working at the town hall, she is a mother and wife. She and her husband have two sons, one of whom is about to graduate from Boise State, and she enjoys working out to stay healthy. They reside in the Chapin area, but she is originally from Idaho Falls, Idaho.
During Wednesday’s meeting, Julie was presented an award from the town in appreciation for all that she does. Before the meeting, she said that she was excited about all of the fuss surrounding her, but she felt as if she was just doing her job and not anything special. “Everyone stepped up when we were short-handed, not just me. Certainly, the workload increased but we all made adjustments together as a team to make sure all the work was done.” She also said she appreciated the recognition but was happy just working for a town like Chapin and with the great staff she was associated with daily. “This is a great town with great people,” Julie said. “I feel really blessed to be a part of it. “