Biggs to fill shoes of borough clerk

Posted: Wednesday, April 13, 2005


  Photo by M. Scott Moon Sherry Biggs has been promoted to city clerk at the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

Photo by M. Scott Moon

Sherry Biggs has been promoted to city clerk at the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

Borough Deputy Clerk Sherry Biggs will replace retiring Kenai Peninsula Borough Clerk Linda Murphy beginning May 1.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted unanimously April 5 to elevate Biggs to the clerk's position. She will make $67,623 a year.

Biggs has been deputy clerk since April 1999, a position she assumed a little over a year after she began working for the clerk's office in January 1998.

"I am looking forward to this," Biggs said Friday. "I enjoy working with the public, and every day is a challenge, something new. That makes it interesting. I'm going to be busy."

Among her duties as clerk, Biggs will be in charge of municipal elections, help with state and federal election procedures, oversee the processing of all assembly legislation and action and serve as liaison between the assembly, borough departments, state and federal agencies and the public.

Biggs is certified by the International Institute of Municipal Clerks and served as president of the Alaska Association of Municipal Clerks from 2003 to 2004.

She also is a member of the Association of Records Managers and Administrators.

Murphy announced in January her intent to retire from the job she has held since June 1997.

"I will miss this job," she said during an interview in January. "I have the best staff in the borough. I loved working for the borough and I loved my job."

Murphy said she had reached a time in her life when she was ready for a change.

"I've been doing this kind of work for almost 25 years, she said. "There are opportunities out there that if I don't seize them now may not be there later."

Biggs said she was happy to have worked with Murphy, whom she called one of the revered clerks in the state.

"I was pleased to be exposed to her experience and expertise," Biggs said.

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