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New Dawson County clerk appointed
Kristen Cloud
Kristen Cloud. - photo by For the Dawson County News

The Dawson County Board of Commissioners voted last week to appoint Kristen Cloud as county clerk.

Human Resources Director Danielle Yarbrough, who has also served as the county clerk for the past six years, said she recently decided to step down so she could focus on her HR responsibilities, and recommended that Cloud, executive assistant to David Headley, be appointed to the position.

Cloud has worked as Headley’s assistant since August 2017. Prior to that she worked in publishing and was the editor and publisher of the Dawson News & Advertiser until October 2011.

A native of northeast Georgia, Cloud attended DePaul University in Chicago, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in English in 2005.

Cloud will continue in her role as executive assistant in addition to the clerk duties. The county clerk is responsible for keeping records, maintaining and updating county codes, recording official minutes and corresponding on behalf of the board of commissioners.

“I appreciate the Board of Commissioners entrusting me with this important job, and look forward to the new challenge while serving the county and its citizens,” Cloud said.

Yarbrough has worked as for the county since 1999, and took up the clerk role in January 2012 in addition to her job as HR director.

The board of commissioners voted last April to increase the annual compensation for the clerk position, which prior to 2012 was a full time job that paid $39,000.

Yarbrough had been paid her regular salary and a $5,000 supplement for the duties of clerk since that time. After a recent salary study recommended a salary range for a full-time county clerk as ranging from $38,962 to $60,392, the commission voted to increase the pay for the position to $10,000 and open the position up internally for anyone who might want to take on the job in addition to their current job.

In the end Yarbrough was appointed to the position.

District 4 Commissioner Julie Hughes Nix at an April 13, 2017 work session said she wanted the public to know that Yarbrough performing clerk duties for the past five years had saved the county at least $160,000.

District 2 Commissioner Chris Gaines at the same meeting said he felt the county isn't at the point yet where a full-time clerk with benefits is necessary.