Penny M. Salley has been named to succeed Annette Finley as the new McDuffie County Board of Commissioner's clerk, The McDuffie Mirror has learned.
Miss Salley, who has worked as an administrative assistant for the City of Harlem since 2003, was officially offered the job earlier this week.
"She has accepted our offer and we're very pleased," McDuffie County Manager Don Norton during an interview with the newspaper Tuesday. "We believe she will do us a very fine job and we look forward to her working here in McDuffie County."
Miss Salley, who has overseen and performed all aspects of billing, including utility and collections for more than 2,000 customers in Harlem over the years, makes her home in Thomson. She also has filled in at times taking minutes of city council meetings there in the absence of the city clerk. Additionally, she also has performed many other tasks.
The new county clerk is expected to start her job with McDuffie County within a short period of time.
Mrs. Finley, who has served as clerk of the McDuffie County Board of Commissioners for the past 14 years, will retire at the end of this month.
Miss Salley was one of six top candidates interviewed by commissioners at their monthly meeting last Wednesday. The other five candidates included: Julie Whitaker, Charlotte Hinman, Ronica Cummings, Teresa Story and Tiffany Hill.
Miss Salley was the second person interviewed for the county clerk position.
Prior to starting work for the City of Harlem, Miss Salley worked as a paralegal/office manager for Glen W. LaForce, a lawyer in Hilton Head, S.C. Before taking the job at the law office, she worked as office manager at Timeless Granite and Marble, Inc. in Augusta for about two years.
A 1999 graduate of Harlem High School, Miss Salley, who has strong computerization skills, attended Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville. She attends the Georgia Clerks Certification Program at the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia in Athens.
When she's not working, Miss Salley enjoys serving as a volunteer with the Augusta Humane Society. She also is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and a volunteer with the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.