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PORTERDALE — Linda Hanna has been appointed city clerk of Porterdale, effective March 16.

“It is quite an achievement for a small community like Porterdale to hire a person of Ms. Hanna’s skill sets and level of experience,” said Mayor Arline Chapman in announcing the appointment. “This hire is, without a doubt, a most important step forward in boosting Porterdale's future development.”

Hanna has more than 20 years in local government and finance, most recently as the chief financial officer for Walton County. Under her direction, Walton County was awarded the Government Financial Officers Association Certificate of Achievement for Financial Reporting from fiscal year 2011 and subsequent years through fiscal year 2018. Hanna also served as assistant finance director for the city of Covington.

Hanna holds master of arts and master of business administration from East Tennessee State University, is a Certified Government Finance Officer Level I and Level II, and a Certified Mediator. She is a long-time resident of Covington. She currently serves on the Newton County Community Partnership Board and the Newton County Solid Waste Management Authority.

According to city officials, Hanna’s extensive professional credentials and experience, life-long interest in the arts and support for community development initiatives make her a good fit for the city clerk position.

“City staff are counting the days until Ms. Hanna comes on board,” said interim City Manager Robert Witcher. “We all know that we are going to learn a lot from her. This is going to positively impact all of our departments and operations in the coming months.”

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I have been editor of the Rockdale Citizen since 1996 and editor of the Newton Citizen since it began publication in 2004. I am also currently executive editor of the Clayton News Daily, Henry Daily Herald and Jackson Progress-Argus.

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