TREASURE ISLAND – It will be quite a change in climate for Treasure Island’s newly chosen City Clerk Ruth Nickerson, who comes to the beach city from Hermon, Maine, a woodsy community 8 miles west of Bangor, where winter temperatures can drop into single digits.
Treasure Islands’ current city clerk, Tiffany Makras, will leave her post to fill a vacancy left by the city’s former human resource director, who a few months ago got a job with the city of Clearwater.
City Manager Garry Brumback said staff began recruiting for the city clerk position to ensure a seamless transition and minimal disruption to day-to-day operations.
“We received a total of 11 résumés in response and all of them were sent to the City Commission for consideration. It bears noting that there were three municipalities in Pinellas County concurrently recruiting for a city clerk: Treasure Island, Indian Shores, and Dunedin,” he said.
Six candidates with relevant clerk experience were interviewed by city staff. When the city manager, human resources director, and city clerk interviewed Ruth Nickerson, they “unanimously agreed she is the best candidate and recommended her to fill the city clerk opening,” he said.
“Ms. Nickerson demonstrated she is motivated, has solid ethics and professionalism, is approachable, and has several years of experience as a standalone clerk,” he said.
She became a certified clerk of Maine in 2013 and served as the deputy town clerk and town clerk for Hermon from 2008 to 2018.
City commissioners unanimously approved offering the position to Nickerson at a salary of $70,000 at their Tuesday, June 5, commission meeting. They authorized Mayor Larry Lunn and the city manager to finalize an employment agreement.
In a letter accompanying her résumé, Nickerson said, “I am confident that my education combined with my experience makes me a great fit for this position. I recently moved to Florida from Maine to help my grandmother. I am looking forward to finding new employment here in Florida where I can continue learning and growing while providing superior service to others.”
She told city officials she has “superior customer service skills, am a self-starter, assimilate new information quickly and pay attention to details. I do have the ability to manage a broad scope of responsibilities while interacting with high-ranking officials as well as city residents.
“I also have experience working on projects that require a high level of discretion and tact. I have over six years of experience recording, transcribing and publishing City Commission meetings, in addition to managing all aspects of city elections. I have been responsible in the past for maintaining the codification of ordinances, handling information requests, processing bid packets and preparing and presenting budgets,” she added.
Nickerson earned an associate of science degree in public administration from the University of Maine in 2005 and a year later graduated with a bachelor of science in public administration. In her employment application she told city officials she is in the process of becoming a Florida notary public and enrolling in the International Institute of Municipal Clerks.
In other developments announced at the meeting, the city manager reported a major traffic detour is planned along 107th Avenue, the main roadway leading into the city from the Causeway, starting the week of June 11. West bound lanes on 107th Avenue will be closed to traffic for about three weeks due to roadway improvements.
After the west bound lanes are complete, both directions of 107th Avenue will be open for the week of July 2 through July 8.
On July 9, the east bound lanes will be closed until July 30 for construction. During the lane closures, access to properties and businesses will be kept open, he said.
There will be detours around 107th Avenue for thru traffic.