Perry's city clerk for the last 34 years has announced his resignation, and the city council is seeking a replacement.
Roger Hodson, Perry city clerk since 1959, said he's been thinking about retiring for awhile. He submitted his resignation effective May 30, but Mayor Matt Willkomm asked him to stay on for another two months.
Willkomm said the council hopes to hire a new city clerk by July 1, and plans to expand city services by staffing city hall during regular hours, something Hodson wasn't required to do. The city recently added a room at city hall and installed a computer system.
"If somebody wants to find out something about the city, they'll be able to call down there or if they want to go to city hall to pay their water bill, they can do that," he said.
DeAnn Hupe Seib, council member, said the council also has discussed holding public hours at city hall on occasional Saturdays.
"In a community where so many people work out of town, it's awfully hard for them to conduct city business during convenient hours for the city clerk," she said. "We're trying to be a little bit more available in the future."
The council hasn't decided how many hours they'll ask the new city clerk to work, when city hall will be open, or the salary they'll offer, but council members likely will discuss those issues at tonight's meeting, Willkomm said.