The Zachary City Council approved at its May 12 meeting the hiring of Dana Poole as its clerk.

Poole succeeds 10-year clerk Jean Byers, who retired May 31.

While working for the Zachary Council, Byers worked for the Baker City Council, a position she held for 24 years before retiring in 2014.

Byers will remain in her position as director of the Zachary Historical Village and as director of the Baker Heritage Museum.

“I always loved the job. I just never wanted to run for office,” Byers said Tuesday at a reception in her honor. “By working as a clerk, I got to learn what was going on without having to be a politician.”

Byers was presented with a plaque for her years of service by Mayor David Amrhein and the council members at the meeting.

“Jean’s service and knowledge has been a tremendous asset over the years,” Mayor Pro-Tempore and City Councilman Brandon Noel said. “I know she certainly helped me when I first became a councilman with procedural steps concerning our meetings.”

According to a news release, 15 people applied for the clerk’s position, which is appointed by the council.

The city clerk is responsible for notifying council members and the community of all meetings, keeping a journal of meeting proceedings and minutes, and serving as the official secretary of the council, according to Zachary’s Home Rule Charter.

Poole has been a Zachary city employee since 2009, working as a secretary for the inspections department, Police and Fire Civil Service board and Municipal Civil Service board.

“I was eager to apply so that I could learn more about how the city is run,” Poole said.

“Dana was one of three finalists being considered for the position,” Noel said. “It was a tough decision because all three were extremely qualified. Her experience with the city should serve her well in this new position, and we look forward to working with her.”