Like a point guard in a basketball game, City Clerk Emily Donaldson excels in helping create scoring opportunities for her Jefferson City city government team.
She prepares documents for City Council meetings, along with taking minutes at the meetings, is the point person for public records requests and helps candidates file for public office.
"I enjoy being a part of a team and the sense of belonging to a group that genuinely wants to make life better for our community," Donaldson said. "I get to work with all of the city departments. There are a lot of exciting things happening in the city, including the Bicentennial Bridge and (Missouri State Penitentiary) redevelopment, and I love being a small part of it and seeing it come to fruition."
Donaldson recently completed the work to become a Missouri registered city clerk. The certification is a combination of education and workplace experience.
Prior to working for Jefferson City, Donaldson worked for the state for 15 years.
"I was focused on the legislative process in state government and paid little attention to local government," she said. "However, when I saw an advertisement for the city clerk position, I looked into it further and found that many duties I had as an executive assistant qualified me for the city clerk position. I'm thankful that I took a step out of my comfort zone and applied for the job."
Donaldson said COVID-19 forced people to learn different ways to conduct business, and it's not different at the city.
"We've had to re-evaluate how we can best serve the citizens during the pandemic and moving forward," she said. "A positive change resulting from this has been the ability to offer citizens the opportunity to virtually join our City Council meetings."
Donaldson said she keeps an eye out for new technology options that help manage records.
"For example, our city code is now more accessible and searchable through a municode link on our website," she said. "I'm also working with one of our vendors to provide an easier software solution for all of our records requests."
Outside of work, Donaldson is getting ready to celebrate 25 years of marriage with Todd Donaldson. They have two sons, Cole who works for Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer in Washington, D.C., and Will, who is a junior at Lincoln University.
"As our kids have gotten older, I've come to treasure the times we are all together," Donaldson said. "In my spare time, I refinish and repurpose furniture, and to my husband's demise, take on DIY projects around our house."
Working for the city encouraged Donaldson to bicycle more often through community bike rides. She also enjoys gardening, reading, travel, music and she's "recently dabbled in pickleball.
"Honestly, I don't think two-day weekends are long enough."