On Oct. 2, Sara Taylor-Ferrell was announced as the new city clerk and director of Council operations.
Taylor-Ferrell, who served as deputy city clerk for Rockville, previously said in a statement that she is pleased to take over the position.
“Rockville has some important initiatives coming up, and I’m excited to get moving on them,” she said. “The work of the City Clerk/Director of Council Operations Office is an important way for the community to connect to their Mayor and Council.”
Taylor-Ferrell is replacing Kathleen Conway, who was terminated after a 3-2 vote by the mayor and City Council during a September executive session.
Rockville Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton declined to comment, saying that the decision to terminate Conway was made in an executive session, which is not open to the public, and therefore, she is not free to discuss the details of what was talked about.
However, Newton did offer praise for Conway, saying she served the City well during her tenure as city clerk and director of council operations.
“I thought Ms. Conway did an excellent job in service to the City,” Newton said.
The city clerk/director of Council operations provides administrative staff support for the mayor and City Council. The city clerk is an at-will position that answers to the mayor and Council and also helps the city manage its legislative process, provides oversight of the public record of mayor and Council meetings, and helps manage boards and commissions.