JOB SUMMARY – The City Secretary attends and records proceedings of official meetings of the City and is the manager and custodian of official records. The City Secretary prepares and posts meeting agendas in compliance with the Open Meetings Act. She serves as an informational resource as well as a vital connection between city government and its citizenry. As public information officer, the City Secretary provides requested information pursuant to the Public Information Act (also referred to as the Freedom of Information Act). The City Secretary administers the Oath of Office, attests contracts, assessment certificates, and other legal documents when executed by authorized officers of the city. The City Secretary serves as the election official for all city elections and performs other duties as may be required by the Charter, City Council or state law.
In addition to City Secretary duties, Melba also serves as the Assistant City Manager, the Finance Director and the Human Resources Director.
PERSONAL PROFILE – Melba Haralson is a 2005 graduate of the Texas Municipal Clerks Certification Program through the University of North Texas and achieved recertifications in 2010, 2015 and 2020. She has over 25 years of municipal government management experience as well as over 40 years of financial and accounting background with related course work. Melba is a member of the Texas Municipal Clerks Association, has held leadership positions on numerous committees and is a former member of the TMCCP Board of Directors. She is a member and past president of TMCA Northeast Texas Chapter. She is a member of the Texas Municipal Human Resource Association, Texas Government Finance Association and Texas Economic Development Council.