|Welfl named city clerk|
|November 15, 2012 Jerry Purvis|
By a unanimous vote of the city council, Gering native Kathy Welfl has been named as Gering’s new City Clerk.
“I had the opportunity to talk with Kathy during the interview process,” Mayor Ed Mayo told council members. “I found she was articulate, energetic and excited about the position. I would recommend her highly.”
Welfl has worked with city government and service agencies for most of her career. She started with United Way in 1990, where she was director until 1996. From there, she was employed by the City of Scottsbluff and took over as director of the Riverside Zoo when it was still under city auspices. In 2010, she became director of Court Appointed Special Advocates, a United Way supported agency.
“I was with Scottsbluff for 14 years in various positions, including four years at city hall,” she said. “I got to know the staff really well. I asked the city clerk in particular just what her job was about and what she did for the city. I don’t know why, but somewhere in the back of my head I realized I wanted to do that someday.”
Welfl said she actually learned about the opening for Gering City Clerk from her mother, Scotts Bluff County Clerk Vera Dulaney, who pointed out the ad out to her at lunch one day.
“From my years at Scottsbluff, I came to enjoy working with other people and on committees,” she said. “There are a lot of reasons I think I’ll enjoy working here.”
A current Gering resident, Welfl is also a member of the city’s volunteer fire department. “I was raised here, so I have a vested interested in the community and its success,” she said. “I really don’t see this as a job, but doing something I enjoy for the community I love.”
Welfl’s first official day as Gering City Clerk will be on Nov. 28.
In other action before the city council on Monday night, members approved a $40,000 contribution for equipment in the Scotts Bluff County communications center, which provides 911 service for the county. The monies were taken from the city’s contingency fund with the proviso that it was a one-time contribution. Future support would have to be discussed as the need arises.
Council also approved raises for both the mayor and city council members, effective Dec. 10. Salary for council members would increase from $3,000 per year to $3,500. The mayor’s salary would increase from $6,000 per year to $6,500.