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Williamstown’s Vivian Link named City Clerk of Year

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By Jamie Baker-Nantz

Vivian Link is quietly efficient.

This soft-spoken woman’s work ethic has not gone unnoticed and that’s what lead to her being chosen as the 2011 City Clerk of the Year by the Northern Kentucky Area Development District.

Link, who has worked as Williamstown’s city clerk since 1998, was nominated by Mayor Rick Skinner, Laura McClanahan, administrative assistant to Skinner, and Crystal Fryman, the deputy city clerk.

“After serving on Williamstown City Council for seven years, I had a general idea of how the budget worked, but it was until after becoming mayor in January did I realize how much I didn’t know,” Skinner wrote in his letter.

“Vivian Link took me on as a project and kept giving me reports, advice and explanations.”
Skinner said Link goes the extra mile, readily stopping to help another city employee or a customer.

McClanahan has worked with Link for 15 years.

“Vivian comes from a very strong family background of accounting and public service and this has aided her greatly in the managing of the city’s funds, budget preparation and every thing else that is a part of her daily duties as city clerk/treasurer,” McClanahan wrote in her nomination letter.

Prior to her job with the city, Link worked AT&T in Cincinnati for eight years.

“I liked the job but not the drive,” she said.

Link said the commute also meant that her daughter was the first dropped off at day care and the last picked up.

Link enjoys her work.

“There’s always something to do,” she said. “And I like that because I like to be busy.”

The city clerk’s office includes Link and her staff of three full-time and one part-time employees.

With the growth of community, as well as the fact that Williamstown operates its own electric, water, sewer, streets and cable departments, she said the job continues to expand.

While some people shy away from numbers, that’s Links favorite part of the job.

“I really enjoy financial reports,” she said. “I may be calculator dependent but I am a numbers person.”

While the city has approximately 3,000 residents, because it has multiple departments, Link said it’s more like having 7,000 customers.

Link’s office also handles the city’s accounts payable and processes the city’s payroll.

She said the city has added automated bill paying.

“This should make paying bills easier for customers and they can save some postage,” she said.

When she’s not working, Link, a lifelong resident of Grant County, enjoys spending time with her family and cooking for her three children, Beth, Zachary and Abby.