Sherry Roberts, TRMC, CPM
The first City Council meeting (at that time Council members were referred to as Aldermen) was held on December 16, 1957. The first order of business was to appoint a City Secretary. The City Secretary remains an appointed position and assists the Mayor and City Council in their legislative capacity, but reports directly to the City Coordinator. When voters approved White Oak’s Home Rule Charter in 1994, the City Secretary’s powers and duties included:
To attend all meetings of the city council and keep accurate records of all actions taken by the council;
Maintain the official records and files of the city;
Attest contracts, assessment certificates, and other legal documents when executed by the authorized officers of the city;
Serve as the election official for all city elections; and
Perform such other duties as may be required by the charter, the city council, or state law.
The City Secretary also serves as the records management officer and provides the public with information when requested in compliance with the Texas Public Information Act. In addition to recordkeeping for the City Council, the City Secretary also posts the required agendas and produces minutes for all other City boards and/or commissions. As in many other cities, the City Secretary’s office serves as an informational resource for citizens as well as a vital connection between the city organization and its citizenry.
White Oak’s current City Secretary is Sherry Roberts. Sherry received her Texas Municipal Clerks Certification in 2011 and received her first recertification in 2016 through the Texas Municipal Clerks Certification Program at the University of North Texas. She has previously held the secretary/treasurer, vice-president, and president officer positions of the local TMCA-Northeast Texas Clerks Chapter. Sherry is a Texas Certified Public Manager, holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Public Administration from Point Park University, and is in the Masters of Public Administration Program at the University of Texas at Tyler.
The Office of the City Secretary is committed to providing the citizens of White Oak with prompt, efficient service, and to uphold the laws of the community, state, and federal governments.