News from the Tennessee Valley Business
SUNDAY, JULY 8, 2007

Falkville’s Ealey earns clerk of the year title

By Ronnie Thomas · 340-2438

FALKVILLE — Belinda Ealey, an out-of-work secretary before taking on the job of Falkville town clerk in 1984, recently was named 2007 Municipal Clerk of the Year.

“I was out of a job,” she recalled. “I was working as the secretary of a sewing factory in Hartselle when the company announced they were closing the doors and moving the plant to the main office in Shelbyville, Tenn. Someone told me about the opening in Falkville.”

She started as town clerk Nov. 30, 1984. Not only the five mayors she has served during a 23-year career, but her peers as well, have applauded her work.

The Alabama Association of Municipal Clerks and Administrators, meeting at a convention in Florence, named Ealey the 2007 Municipal Clerk of the Year “in recognition of outstanding achievement and education.”

Hartselle City Clerk/Controller Rita S. Lee, district leader for District 11, nominated her.

“She has been a great help to me since I’ve been here, since September 2001,” Lee said. “Although we’re cities of different sizes, we still have similar issues and problems. Belinda is active in our district as well as at the state level, attending meetings and participating in educational programs.”

Ealey is completing the requirements to achieve Master Municipal Clerk Certification.

Janice Wilhite, city clerk and treasurer for Hueytown, and chairman of the clerk-of-the-year committee, said, “Belinda works hard, and she’s deserving of this award. It’s the highest honor that a city clerk can receive.”

Wilhite said the association encompasses 14 districts but that not every district will have a clerk who qualifies.

Ealey, who is also magistrate, works closely with Town Attorney Larry Madison.

“For a small-town clerk, Falkville has a top-notch person,” he said. “She’s dedicated to the job and takes the work seriously.”

Wilhite said Ealey’s recognition comes during the 25th anniversary of the award.

“That makes it an extra special milestone for me,” said Ealey, a 1976 graduate of then Morgan County High School, now Hartselle High. “My twin boys are 25.

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