City mulling Longstreet as permanent city clerk

Eddie Longstreet at his church in West Point.
Staff Writer

Despite being hired on an interim basis, Eddie Longstreet may be on his way to becoming West Point’s permanent city clerk.

Longstreet was hired in December on a 3-2 vote of the Board of Selectmen after veteran city clerk and Human Resources director Delores Doss decided to retire Dec. 31. At the time, city leaders indicated Longstreet, a well known West Point minister and once field representative for former U.S. Rep. Travis Childers, would be hired on an interim basis while the city advertised for a permanent clerk and possibly an assistant clerk.

But since Longstreet started work at the first of he year, the city hasn’t advertised the clerk’s position.

“We’re just cruising along right now, it’s only been a month,” Mayor Robbie Robinson said. “From what I’ve experienced, Eddie is doing a good job, he’s trying hard and learning quickly. He’s doing a good job riding the training wheels.”

Robinson said when selectmen met in January, they didn’t mention advertising. The issue could come up when they meet Feb. 12 in a study session and Feb. 13 in their official meeting.

While Longstreet still may be known as interim, the law requires his title to be city clerk so he can sign official documents and city payments. State law doesn’t provide for the “interim” status, according to Robinson.

“We’ll see if the board wants to talk about it when they meet this month. It’s the board’s decision. But he came along at the right time. We are in the middle of delinquent tax maturity season and he’s caught on to that very well,” the mayor noted.

The city likely won’t hire an assistant either. Robinson said the two deputy city clerks already on hand likely would continue in their roles with one of them taking over payroll and human resources duties Doss previously had handled.

“One of them already is training to handle those duties,” Robinson said.