Mrs. Russell has been a Certified Municipal Clerk (CMC) with the International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC) since January 2000, and received certification as a Certified Municipal Clerk (CMC) through the Georgia Municipal Clerks/Finance Officers Association (GMC/FOA) in February 2008, and became a Master Municipal Clerk (MMC) (the 26th in the state of Georgia) in September 2010. Ms. Russell also received her MMC designation through IIMC in May 2011, which made her the fourth in the state of Georgia.
Mrs. Russell currently oversees city elections, municipal court services, and the Liberty Hill Cemetery, and is responsible for the supervision of the following personnel: Deputy Clerk, Personnel Administrator, and Human Resource Technician. Mrs. Russell also administers alcohol licenses, occupation tax certificates/business licenses, and hotel/motel taxes.
Mrs. Russell is married to Joseph, with three children, Matthew, Joshua, and Jessica. Mrs. Russell attends Faith, Hope and Love Church in Kennesaw, Georgia. Outside of work Mrs. Russell enjoys spending time with her family and travel.
Mrs. Russell counts it a blessing to serve the citizens, as well as with the elected officials and staff of Acworth, and truly believes that of her 19 plus years of experience, the City of Acworth is one of the most unified and effective local governments she has had the pleasure of serving.
Appointed by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen, the City Clerk is responsible for recording the Board of Aldermen's official actions in minutes, maintaining contracts and agreements, preparing and processing correspondence and reports, overseeing Liberty Hill Cemetery and preparing the city newsletter. The clerk is the custodian of the City Seal and is responsible for conducting the Municipal Elections. The City Clerk's office is also responsible for supervision for the following personnel: Court Services, Personnel Administrator, Community Relations Coordinator, Deputy City Clerk, human resources, bids, collection of hotel/motel taxes.
Liberty Hill Cemetery is located on Cemetery Road off North Main Street. This cemetery is owned and operated by the City of Acworth under the supervision of the City Clerk and the Parks and Recreation Director. The cost is $1,000 per plot for city residents and $1,500 per plot for non-city residents. The Interment (burial permit) fee is $100. For further information or to purchase a lot, please contact the City Clerk at (770) 974-3112.
Terms for elected officials are four years, with elections being held every two years. The candidate receiving a majority of votes shall be declared elected. If a candidate does not receive a majority of the votes, a run-off election will be held. To be eligible for office in the City of Acworth, a person must be 21 years of age and meet the requirements of a qualified voter in the City of Acworth as prescribed by State law, and must have been a resident of the City of Acworth for 12 months. Elected officials take office at the first regular meeting in January after the election.