Crystal Gibson Etheredge
What exactly does a City Clerk do? This is a common question.
The City Clerk’s Office serves as the “hub” of municipal government and acts as an administrative liaison for all official actions between the City Council and Mayor, as provided by State law and City code. A City Clerk is the designated record keeper for the City and is responsible for maintaining all public documents - both current and archived. The City Clerk also prepares the Council Meeting agenda; attends and records the proceedings of all Council meetings; maintains records of all rulings, ordinances, and resolutions of the Council; acts as custodian of the City Seal; supervises municipal elections; performs all legal advertising for the City; schedules, coordinates, and plans special events and functions for the Council; and provides general administrative and clerical assistance to the Mayor and Council. The City Clerk maintains all permanent files, such as, deeds, contracts, agreements, insurance policies, board appointments, and bonds required by City regulations. In addition, the City Clerk is responsible for business licensing (to include ABC approval letters) and building permits along with zoning verifications and assessments.
The City of Chelsea’s City Clerk is Ozark native, Crystal Gibson Etheredge appointed in May 2018. Recently relocated from Auburn, Alabama, Crystal and her husband, Judson, are excited to call Chelsea “home”. They have four children, Matelyn, Cooper, Hampton, and Madeline. The family resides in Chelsea Park and are looking forward to becoming more involved in the community.
Growing up in a military family, Crystal had the opportunity to live in multiple states and several European countries. This allowed her to become accustomed to change and rolling with the punches so to speak. Crystal graduated with honors from Carroll High School and went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Troy University Dothan. While working full time at the City of Piedmont Municipal Court as a Deputy Court Clerk/Magistrate, she pursued a Master’s degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Business from Jacksonville State University, graduating in 2003. In 2008, Crystal landed a job with the City of Headland as their Court Administrator and was later promoted to their City Clerk.
As I look back on my life, I can clearly see the plan that God has prepared for me with the City of Chelsea. In July, 1986, One month after I married the love of my life, Don King, I joined the Chelsea Vol. Fire Dept. Don and I were very active in the dept. I became a first responder to run wreck/ medical calls, voted VP of the women's auxiliary and also, voted to uphold the dept.'s treasurers position. As the department grew and the Town of Chelsea was formed, there became a need for our community to have a paid dept. instead of relying on volunteers. It was then merged with the town and later became Chelsea Fire & Rescue. I was hired by Mayor Niven, Oct. 1, 2000, to carry on my duties of the fire dept. and other duties of the town. Our office was held on the 2nd floor of the First National Bank building (currently Renasant Bank). With very little space, we carried on the business there for several years. In 2006 our beautiful City Hall was built. In this building I have held several different positions over the years, including, Library assistant, Receptionist, Fire Clerk, Accounts Receivables clerk, Accounts Payables clerk and just recently (Oct. 2013) I was appointed the City Treasurer for the City of Chelsea. This job is primarily responsible for managing the revenue and cash flow of the city, banking, reporting of monthly/yearly reports, disbursements of municipal funds, payroll, employee personnel files, capital projects and assisting auditors...I am very proud and honored to uphold this position and look forward to what the future holds for me with the City of Chelsea!
I was born and raised in Chelsea and have always been fortunate to live by family. My Family and my faith are two very important things to me. As many know, my world revolves around my two beautiful daughters, Cindy (Kevin) and Kristen (RJ). In my spare time I love to travel or just relax at home.
May God bless each and every one of you, as you make the City of Chelsea “YOUR” home!
I began my employment with the City of Chelsea in March 2006. My main responsibility is being GIS Coordinator. I keep maps current with any new city limit changes and annexations. I keep our US Census information current and well as working with FEMA regarding Flood Maps. I coordinate any special events for the city like the Annual Chelsea Christmas Parade, Homecoming Parade and Big Kaboom. I also work with the Chelsea Youth Club on scheduling ballpark usage and lighting. I work with our webmaster to keep our website current.
My husband, Keith, and I have lived in Chelsea since 1997. We have raised our children, Preston and Savannah, here and are proud to call Chelsea Home.
Born in Bessemer, lived there until I married in 1985. Graduated from McAdory High School in 1980 and attended University of Montevallo. We moved to Wilsonville in 1985 and into our house now in the Chelsea area 1996.
I like to read (of course) but end up listening to the books more that sitting down and reading. I bowl 2 nights a week and love to crochet, and participate in church activities.
The thing that I love most about working in the library is helping people find the books they want or need. The best thing a patron can say to me is that they enjoyed a book that I recommended and then get other books by that same author.