Clerk Sheila Smail retires

MARYVILLE, Mo. — Longtime Maryville City Clerk Sheila Smail has announced her retirement.

Smail, currently on vacation, submitted a letter of retirement to the Maryville City Council, which accepted it during a closed personnel session May 28.

Smail went to work for the city June 4, 1996, and began her 23-year tenure at City Hall with the Department of Public Works.

“The City of Maryville appreciates Mrs. Smail’s dedication and years of public service to the Maryville community,” said Mayor Rachael Martin.

The council appointed Public Works Administrative Assistant Stacy Wood to serve as interim clerk until a permanent clerk is hired.

City Manager Greg McDanel said no timeline has been set for hiring Smail's permanent successor, but that the recruitment process would be open to both city employees and external candidates.

In 2018, Smail qualified as a Master Municipal Clerk, a designation bestowed by the International Institute of Municipal Clerks, which promotes continuing education, certification and professional development programs for members worldwide.

At the time of her certification, Smail became one of only about 1,300 Master Municipal Clerks in the United States and one of only 30 in Missouri.

She earned the lower-level Certified Municipal Clerk designation in 2011.

One of the most demanding — and perhaps least recognized — positions at City Hall, the clerk acts as keeper of the municipality's permanent records and ordinances.

As clerk, Smail was responsible for documenting all official municipal acts, including legal notices, ordinances and council reports and minutes.

She also acted as the city's procurement officer and prepared proposal requests and bid documents.

Other duties included responding to requests for access to public records and administrative tasks associated with managing the municipal cemetery.

Additional city clerk functions embrace enforcing compliance with federal, state and local laws and ordinances.

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