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Alton Mayor Brant Walker welcomes Kim Clark as Alton’s new City Council coordinator, deputy Freedom of Information officer and Open Meetings Act officer.
ALTON — After more than two decades working as a constituent liaison for three Illinois congressmen, Kim Clark was approved 5-0 by Alton aldermen Oct. 14 to fill the vacant position left by former City Council Liaison Dan Herkert.
Hailing from Venice, Clark attended Western Illinois University, graduating in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in communications and minor in journalism. Besides holding the position of City Council coordinator, Clark will take over the duties as deputy Freedom of Information officer and Open Meetings Act officer.
“She has an ability to work with just about anybody,” Alton Mayor Brant Walker said. “We can look at what she’s done in the past on a much larger scale and it will be about the same as what she will do here. She has an ability to get to the bottom of things with no nonsense. For the city of Alton to be able to bring someone of Ms. Clark’s caliber, it’s going to be a tremendous pickup in this administration and our city.”
Clark worked under former U.S. Rep. Jerry Costello (D-Belleville) from 1993 to 2013 until Costello decided not to seek another term. Clark maintained her position when former U.S. Rep. William Enyart (D-Belleville) succeeded Costello from 2012 to 2014. While working with her first Republican congressman, Mike Bost (R-Murphysboro), Clark reached the age of retirement and felt it was time to move on to new challenges.
“I’m excited to give it a shot here in Alton,” Clark said. “I was able to retire after 25 years or at 50 with 20 years, so when I turned 50, I had 23 years and I went ahead and retired from Bost’s office. Mayor Walker talked with me and he wanted to hire me since a position became available. This will be a great new challenge for me.”
Having worked with Clark while managing issues with the Belle Manor property, Walker liked her ability to get tasks accomplished.
“I knew of her (Clark’s) work; she’s been around forever,” Walker said. “She helped us fix what has been a thorn in everyone’s side and what has been a battle for us for decades. She put us on the right track immediately and we got things done.”
Having more than 20 years experience on the state and federal level, Clark said she hopes her experience working with congressmen will help her bring what’s needed to the city of Alton.
“One thing I can bring is a lot of experience,” Clark said. “Over the years I’ve worked with a lot of agencies, especially federal and state agencies, and I can bring a lot of contacts that could help us get work done. I’ve gained a lot of knowledge over the years and I’m looking forward to bringing that here to the city of Alton.”
Clark hit the ground running, taking her post immediately and adjusting to her new role in the mayor’s office. She is looking to relocate to Alton in the near future as a part of the city’s residency requirement.
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