TEMPLE TERRACE - A Massachusetts town clerk with 17 years experience has been hired to fill the recently vacated city clerk's job in Temple Terrace.
Cheryl Mooney, who has spent the past four years as town clerk of Stoughton, Mass., has been named Lisa Small's replacement as city clerk. Small resigned in May to focus on health issues and to spend more time with family.
Mooney, who will earn $65,000 a year as the municipality's custodian of official records, begins work on July 15.
"I'm looking to enjoy life in Florida and get to know the community," Mooney said. "Everyone I have met so far has been wonderful."
Mooney, 51, applied for the job in hopes of moving to Florida after years of vacationing in the state, she said.
She has visited Fort Myers and Naples in the past but had not been to Temple Terrace before her final interview.
"I read about the community; I went online to check out the location," Mooney said. "I saw it was close to the beach."
The Temple Terrace City Council voted 5-0 on Tuesday to approve Mooney's $65,000 contract.
The council members shot down a proposal by City Manager Jerry Seeber and Human Resources Director Aleicia Latimer to sweeten Mooney's contract by including a $5,000 salary increase tied to a job review after her first six months.
When contacted this week, Mooney said she was unaware of the increase proposal.
Mooney has served as town clerk of Stoughton, Mass., since May 2009. Before that, she held the same position in Reading, Mass, from 1996 to 2009.
Her background includes stints as a legal secretary for a law firm and government agencies in Massachusetts. Mooney also has held jobs as a finance clerk and executive secretary.
She earned a bachelor's degree in management at Bentley College, now Bentley University, in Waltham, Mass., and a master's degree in public administration at Suffolk University.
Mooney plans to find a place to lease until she becomes more familiar with the community.
"It looks like a nice place to live and to be a part of," Mooney said of Temple Terrace.