Marcy Berry has a strong passion for ordinances, court filings, annexation efforts and the other legal minutia of a growing city like London.
That talent will be of great assistance to her when she takes over as city clerk on January 1. For Berry, the clerk’s job will be a continuation of the work she’s been doing for the last nine and half years as a paralegal for city attorney Larry Bryson.
“I really enjoyed the work I did for the city while working with Larry, ordinances and things like that and, most recently, annexation,” she said. “This job is the only one I would have left that job for.”
Following the announced retirement of Carolyn Adams, the city received 12 applications to replace her as clerk. A committee narrowed the list down to 3. Berry was unanimously approved by the city council during its December 7 meeting.
“All of our legal battles and our ordinances, she’s been dealing with those for nine years, so she comes in way ahead of the game,” London Mayor Troy Rudder said. “She’s a nice, confident young lady and we’re lucky to have her.”
Berry has been working with Adams the last few weeks learning other details of the job as city clerk.
“Carol has so much knowledge about all of this,” Berry said. “I am surprised by all of the accounting aspects of the job, with the taxes and licenses. I’m glad she is helping me.”
With her meticulous nature, Berry won’t have any trouble learning the responsibilities of the city clerk and maintaining the high business standards set by Adams, the mayor said.
“Carol is confident that we won’t miss a beat with Marcy.”
Berry, 26, has a Bachelor’s Degree in Paralegal Studies from Eastern Kentucky University and a Paralegal Certificate from the Kentucky Paralegal Association. She is married to Alex Berry.
As city clerk since 2009, Carolyn Adams has been on the ground floor of a major growth spurt in the City of London.
She facilitated the establishment of a city tourism commission, which in turn produced two popular city parks, expansion of one and the takeover of another. She collects the taxes that keep the tourism commission and the city afloat. She catalogs and publishes ordinances. Records minutes of city council and tourism meetings. Issues business licenses. Posts bids and other legal notices. Works with state officials and auditors to make sure everything is done right.Adams has been a main cog in the development machine that’s been moving London forward at a fast pace. And she’s loved every minute of it.
“We’ve grown so much and next year is going to boom,” she said. “I have loved my job. I love working with the mayor. I love the people of London.”
Adams speaks of her job in the past tense because she is retiring as clerk at the end of December. The loss of her husband, Harvey, to leukemia in September 2019 and her 90-year-old mother, Pearl Weaver, last February pushed up her retirement plans.
“I want to spend more time with my family, that’s basically the real reason I’m retiring,” she said.
Her family includes daughter Susan Greenwell, son-in-law Mike Greenwell and 11-year-old granddaughter Addison, who live in Versailles. Her son Steven recently moved back to London.
“I also want to travel some and catch up on some projects around the house, nothing major,” she said.
Adams is working on important projects for London right until the last day. The city council plans to finalize annexation of I-75 Exit 29 the last week of December, which will be another growth milestone for the city.
“She’s been a great asset to the city and we were lucky to get her,” London Mayor Troy Rudder said. “She’s been my right-hand person, my go-to person. Someone who I could bounce ideas off of, and she wouldn’t sugar coat it. She’d give me her opinion whether it was good or bad. I appreciated her honesty.”
Adams became city clerk after working for many years as a legal secretary, first for Skip Little of London and later for Robert Brown of Corbin.
“I think my legal background was a plus in helping me get this job,” she said. “I was looking to come back to London to work.”
The city council recognized her valuable contributions to London with a standing ovation at its December 7 meeting.
Even though she’s retiring as clerk, Adams said she will continue working as secretary for the London Planning and Zoning Commission and the Board of Adjustments.
“I’ll be around,” she said.
City Attorney Larry Bryson administers the oath of office Monday night to the new London City Council that will take office in January 2021.
From left are; Danny Phelps, Judd Weaver, Kip Jervis, Kelly Greene, Daniel Carmack and Bobby Joe Parman.
Greene and Jervis were elected in November to replace Steve Berry and Noah White, who decided not to run for re-election. The other four council members are incumbents.