The City of Dunn has hired a new town clerk. And she is the more than 27-year chamber director — Tammy Williams.
Mrs. Williams notified her staff, the chamber president and the board of directors of the Dunn Area Chamber of Commerce Monday.
Dunn City Manager Steven Neuschafer said Mrs. Williams applied for the position and he thought, “She’ll do a great job.”
Mr. Neuschafer has been working with Mrs. Williams since he came to Dunn 14 years ago.
“She deals with various boards each year. I think she adapts with the changes very well, just as she will be with the city council. I think it’ll be a good addition for the city,” he said. “She’s been in the community all her life and will bring a lot of knowledge to the office.”
Mrs. Williams said she’s excited for the change.
“I’ve been doing this for 27 1/2 years and I think it’s time for a change. I’ve loved working for the chamber. I feel like in my heart of hearts that it’s time for a change. It’ll be good for me and my family,” she said.
Mrs. Williams takes the place of former Clerk Jennifer Fortin, who was dismissed in May. Ms. Fortin had been on the job less than two years. She took the place of longtime clerk, Debbie West. During both transition periods, after Mrs. West retired and Mrs. Fortin left, Deputy Clerk Melissa Matti filled in.
Mrs. Williams’ last day at the chamber is Sept. 5. She will start with the city Sept. 10. She will earn $52,000 a year. She will have to obtain her clerk certification after starting her new job.
Mrs. Williams leaves the chamber in a better place than when she first started.
“I’m leaving the chamber very financially strong. It’s in a lot better shape now than when I started. Membership wise, it’s in a better position. I think we have a good reputation in the community. I keep myself above reproach,” she said.
Under her leadership, the Harnett County Business Education Partnership was formed. She served as secretary of Leadership Harnett for 10 years.
“Now, look at how wonderful it is,” she said of Leadership Harnett, from which she graduated in 1997.
“I’ve been part of the Dunn-Erwin Rail Trail. I’m excited about that asset to the community,” she said.
She said although there is still room to improve, the chamber has led the way in beautifying the city.
“We have those pretty crepe myrtle trees and beautiful signs,” Mrs. Williams said.
And as far as downtown revitalization, “The chamber started that conversation 10 years before it happened.”
Mrs. Williams, a former Dunn Woman of the Year, is an active member of Faith Covenant Family Church where she serves as ladies ministry leader and deacon. She is a past president of the Dunn Junior Woman’s Club and the Dunn-Erwin Rotary Club.
She has been awarded the Juanita Bryant Citizenship Award by the Dunn Junior Woman’s Club, Rotarian of the Year, Distinguished Service Award from the Greater Dunn Jaycees, one of five Outstanding Young North Carolinians from the North Carolina Jaycees, Paul Harris Fellow Award, Dunn-Erwin Rotary Community Service Award and Carolinas Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives’ Chamber Executive of the Year.
Mrs. Williams is a lifelong Dunn resident, graduating from Dunn High School and Johnston Technical College and the Institutes for Organization Development at the University of Georgia. She is the daughter of Rachel Starling and the late Talmadge Wilkins.
Mrs. Williams and husband, Gil, have been married for 34 years. The couple has two daughters, Lauren Sharpe, 30, married to Brian Sharpe, and Frances Williams, 27, and four grandchildren, Landon, 8, Lane, 6, and Boston Sharpe, 4, and River Ray, 4.