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New city clerk having 'great' time at her new job

River Falls has a new City Clerk. Amy White was recently hired to fill that position.

So far, White said, the new job is great. The best part of working in River Falls, she said, are the people she works with.

"They're so welcoming and patient with me in transitioning into my new position," White said.

After White received her bachelor's degree in legal studies from Winona State University in 2001, she worked as a legal assistant in the Olmsted County Attorney's Office in Rochester, Minn. A year later she was promoted to victim/witness coordinator, and developed a program to maintain statutory bound guidelines for victim-related crime.

In 2010, she started working for the Rochester City Attorney's office, and created a similar program there.

"Working more directly with the city attorney," White said, "with all the stuff that they do throughout the city, like council, special assessments, all of these different areas, that's kind of what sparked my interest in going further in city government."

She earned an MPA (master's in Public Administration) from Walden University in 2015.

White said she sought a clerk's position because she wanted to work with the administration department. She started with the city March 6.

White replaces Jennifer Zeiler, who recently started working as Hudson's City Clerk. Zeiler, who worked just a few months, had replaced longtime clerk Lu Ann Hecht, who retired last fall.

The city clerk is responsible for meeting minutes, agendas, public records and election processing for the city, and is often involved in many other areas.

For now, White said she's working on being certified for the upcoming election.

White is married and has two stepdaughters. One of them is studying abroad in Thailand.

When she's not working, she likes to read and will begin to take care of her aging parents.

Gretta Stark

Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.

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