Hobson City hires town clerk
by Eddie Burkhalter
eburkhalter@annistonstar.com
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HOBSON CITY -- After months of going without one, Hobson City officials hired a town clerk Monday.

The Town Council voted unanimously during Monday’s meeting to appoint Michelle Malone temporarily to the position. She will begin work this week, said Mayor Alberta McCrory.

“I think the council made a good choice,” McCrory said.

Malone, from Anniston, was selected from among 16 applicants who applied for the position. Malone most recently worked at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, McCrory said.

“She seems to have the skills, and she’s willing to learn,” McCrory said, speaking of Malone.

The town’s former clerk, Shelia Jones, violated her temporary hire after being arrested last August, town officials have said. Jones pleaded not guilty Jan. 16 to a charge of theft of property, a felony. A Calhoun County grand jury indicted her in October.

According to the grand jury indictment, Jones stole between $500 and $2,500 from Hobson City sometime between Feb. 1 and Aug. 2, 2013.

McCrory has said Jones used her position as clerk to avoid paying garnishments against her own wages, which led to the charges.

Jones' court date had not been set as of Monday, according to online court records.

Town attorney Jake Mathews said Malone’s employment is subject to a six-month probationary period.

Malone will be paid $12 an hour for 32 hours each week, in addition to time worked during council meetings, called meetings and workshops.

In other business, council:

— Approved a $392 payment to HGS Engineering for asbestos testing inside the former C.E. Hannah School. A portion of the former school now houses Town Hall.

— Approved a $779 payment to Mac’s Vacs for residential garbage pickup. The town’s aging garbage truck needed repair last week, and the town hired Anniston-based Mac’s Vacs to collect the city’s residential garbage.

— Announced that a representative from Quality of Life Health Services will be at Town Hall at 9 a.m. Wednesday to help residents sign up for health care through the health care exchanges made possible by the Affordable Care Act. Quality of Life is a Gadsden-based nonprofit group which owns Anniston Quality Health Care, Cleburne Quality Health Care and Talladega Quality Health Care community health centers.

Staff writer Eddie Burkhalter: 256-235-3563. On Twitter @Burkhalter_Star.

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