Jamie Bradford will assume the Village of Ridgecrest clerk’s position after being unanimously approved by aldermen at their regular meeting Tuesday night.
In the last 30 days, Ridgecrest Mayor Robert Maples, clerk Dorothy Evans and temporary clerk Jessica Russell resigned from their positions leaving village officials scrambling to fill the vacancies.
After reviewing six applications for the position, mayor pro-tem Rita Bolyer recommended Bradford for clerk.
“Her resume is utilizing QuickBooks, payroll, accounts payable, creating resolutions and I can go on and on,” Bolyer said. “She is also a grant writer”
Bradford, who is a resident of Ridgecrest, brings 25 years of experience in QuickBooks, payroll, accounts payable and grant writing, according to her resume. Recently, she has worked with the Town of Ferriday in their payroll and accounts payable department.
Alderman Veller Ray Carroll made the motion with a second from Alderwoman Darlene Humphries.
Alderwoman Connie Adair had reservations about the appointment because she did not have a chance to speak with her but gave her approval along with Alderman Josh Wells.
On another front, Ridgecrest Police Chief Thomas Goad said his department received a grant from Homeland Security to purchase an evidence camera and other crime scene material and more night patrols were coming to Ridgecrest.
“School is out and I will be out late on Saturday nights patrolling,” Goad said.