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Martinsburg city recorder retires after 23 years

Sharon A. Flick says, 'It's been a wonderful career, it's been a great ride'

January 14, 2011|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com
  • Sharon A. Flick, who is retiring after serving as the Martinsburg City Recorder since 1988, is recognized at Thursday's Martinsburg City Council meeting by Mayor George Karos for a total of 23 years of service to the city.
By Matthew Umstead, Staff Writer

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The City Council Thursday honored Sharon A. Flick, who has served as the city recorder for Martinsburg for about 23 years, for her dedicated service.

"It's been a terrific experience for me," Flick said after Mayor George Karos presented her with a framed resolution of appreciation and a parting gift.

Flick told council members and other department heads attending Thursday's regular meeting that she was "honored and privileged" to have been appointed by the council to serve as city recorder — a position that oversees municipal elections, maintains council minutes and city records and administers oaths of office.

Flick also served as secretary of the city's fire and police civil service commissions, supervised the parking authority, custodial department and a number of other duties.

"It's been a wonderful career, it's been a great ride," said Flick, who began working for the city in January 1987 as a radio dispatcher for the police department.

In wishing Flick well in her retirement, City Manager Mark Baldwin said he relied on her significantly for help with various projects and meetings in his 14 years with the city.

In her last council meeting Thursday, Flick's last public act was to administer the oath of office to her replacement, Gena Long who has served as the city Planning Department secretary.

 Long was appointed Thursday as the acting city recorder by the council. Her appointment was made effective Jan. 17.

In other action Thursday, the council also authorized Baldwin to apply for a $596,500 transportation enhancement grant, including a $119,300 match from the city, to supplement funding for the planned children's museum at the Caperton train station, as well as to make streetscape improvements to East Martin Street between Spring Street and White Avenue.

The project includes repairs to an original brick-paved section of the street near the train station, crosswalk/sidewalk improvements, decorative lighting and banners, according to Baldwin.

The project being eyed is derived from the city's Downtown Plan, a comprehensive document produced in March 2004 after an 18-month study of Martinsburg's historic downtown core area to provide a blueprint for growth and investment in the area.

In a separate Downtown Plan project, Baldwin said construction work to revamp the town square at King and Queen streets is on track to begin in the spring or early summer, pending final reviews by the West Virginia Department of Transportation.

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