In Dec. 31 IssueBy Derek Aaron Times Journal Reporter
The city of Jamestown will begin the new decade with a new city clerk. Following the retirement of longtime clerk Kim Weston at the end of 2009, Tyler McGowan takes the reigns at one of the top positions in the city's government.
McGowan, a 2000 graduate of Russell County High School and a 2004 graduate of Morehead State University, said he is looking forward to his new job and working with citizens of Jamestown.
Following his graduation from Morehead with a degree in business management, McGowan went on to work in northern Kentucky, near Cincinnati, at an assisted living facility in a management position for a health care services group.
After working for a year in that position, McGowan had the desire to return to his hometown of Jamestown.
“When I came back to Russell County I started at Bennett's Carpets as a carpenter,” he said. After his stint with Bennett's, McGowan was hired on by the city and began working at the wastewater plant.
Knowing the city clerk's position could be coming available, McGowan said he spoke with both Weston and Mayor Brooks Bates about the position.
“It just kind of fell into place,” he said. McGowan said his business management degree was a great asset for the position.
“It is so broad,” he said. “I didn't know how much there was to this job until I got in here.”
McGowan, who has trained alongside Weston for the past six months, said he had no idea of the revenues and expenses incurred by the city on a yearly basis.
“It was overwhelming at first,” he said. He said Weston was extremely knowledgeable about the position.
“It was amazing the stuff she could remember,” he said. “She was a big help in me learning. This was something you could have never done without someone guiding you.”
While admitting he still has a lot to learn about the job, McGowan said he had a good grasp on the position of city clerk and what it takes to do the job efficiently.
“We've got good people,” he said. “(Assistant City Clerk) Debbie (Conner) knows a lot about the stuff that goes on in here.”
McGowan, whose parents are Jamestown residents Drew and Lila McGowan, said he was fortunate to have such a good position, although he never envisioned himself as a city clerk growing up.
“I'm excited,” he said. “We'll see how it plays out. The city is a great place to work.”