City Clerk Linda Jines submitted her resignation to the Alliance City Council at their meeting on Jan. 7, as she prepares to retire on March 20.

In a letter she wrote to council, Jines emphasized her gratitude to the city for the opportunity to serve.

“It has been a pleasure to serve the citizens of Alliance over the past 41 plus years,” Jines wrote. “I appreciate the confidence that Council has afforded me to perform my duties. During my tenure with the City I have worked with 11 city managers and for 16 groups of Council, of which seven years were under the leadership of Mayor (Mike) Dafney. I have learned so much from these dedicated public service minded individuals.”

Jines also noted that she is leaving her office in good standing for the next city clerk. At the meeting, Dafney moved to accept Jines’ resignation with regret. The motion was seconded and the council voted unanimously to accept the resignation.

Dafney then moved to have city staff develop a contract Deputy City Clerk Tarrah Johnson to take over as the next city clerk.

“This is one of two positions that is contracted that the council is involved in selecting,” said Dafney. “With the qualifications and certifications and experience that she has, I’m not inclined to go out for applications on this, but move forward with accepting Tarrah Johnson.”

The council voted unanimously in favor of the motion.

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