People: Sharleen Rodgers

September 15, 2003|BRENDA S. EDWARDS

Sharleen Rodgers has seen many changes in the city of Liberty since she began as city clerk 11 years ago.

She has worked with five mayors and more City Council members than she can remember. She also has been involved in moving City Hall offices and records three times.

A city clerk in a small town does more than just handle accounts and records. Sometimes things get a little hectic.

A few days ago, she helped care for an city employee who became ill.

She is always behind her desk at City Hall when the 20 city employees need help, and she's there on Fridays when the payroll checks are handed out.


Her regular duties are to keep up with payroll and accounts payable and take minutes of City Council meetings. Since the mayor's position is not full-time, Rodgers also keeps up with day-to-day activities and reports to him.

"She's a whiz," said Mayor Steve Sweeney. "She does a tremendous job."

Rodgers likes the work even more since the new City Hall opened, but acknowledges the job can become stressful.

"Sometimes there are 25 things going on at one time," she said.

"This job is hard especially when I'm working on special projects like the current sewer extension," said Rodgers, who keeps track of the city's grant applications.

Regardless of how hectic things get, the position is a little less hectic than when she was in charge of payroll at the local OshKosh B'Gosh clothing manufacturing plant.

She was in charge of issuing checks for 1,300 people and did it by hand rather than computer.

She began working at OshKosh when the plant opened at the north end of town, then took the city position when the late John C. Grider was mayor.

"He convinced me the job (at OshKosh) was too stressful and talked me into coming to work with the city," she said.

Rodgers and her husband, Ronald, have two children, Melissa and Greg.

A Casey County native, Rodgers always has a smile for visitors regardless of the workload.

"I really like this job," she said as she sat at her desk at the new City Hall on Middleburg Street.

"This is a beautiful building and I'm happy to have this new facility for the whole community to enjoy."

After spending several years in an older building on the Courthouse Square, the city sold the property to the county, then moved temporarily to the bypass. City Hall returned downtown March 30.

Rodgers and three others work daily at City Hall.

"We're glad to be back downtown," she said. "We're back here where we should be. We have more room here and a drive-through window as an added convenience for customers."

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