Barbetta to fill the role of Brooke County clerk

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WELLSBURG — The Brooke County Commissioners announced Kim Barbetta will be filling the role as Brooke County Clerk effective June 15.

“Kim has worked in our office for over 12 years,” said Sylvia Benzo, the retiring Brooke County clerk. “I know she will do a good job in carrying out the position.”

As a deputy clerk, Barbetta had various duties including being responsible for daily recordings, vital records, copy accounts and more.

“The county clerk’s office does a number of jobs in one office,” noted Barbetta.

The commissioners felt Barbetta’s experience, having worked under Benzo as deputy county clerk for about 13 years, has prepared her for the role as county clerk.

“I have learned so much working with Sylvia, she is a wealth of knowledge,” said Barbetta.

Barbetta added that she has known for the past two year that she wanted to be the next county clerk.

Like Benzo, Barbetta plans to continue being a “worker bee” with big plans.

“I would like to digitize more of our records, along with adding more online features,” said Barbetta. “I would like to add a credit and debit machine for payment, also. Hopefully, we will be able to update our voting machines in the future.”

The commissioners congratulated Barbetta, and noted that Benzo, who has fulfilled the role of county clerk for 48 years, will be missed.

“You have big shoes to fill,” Commissioner Tim Ennis told Barbetta.

Benzo said she is confident in the commissioners’ decision for the new county clerk.

“And don’t worry. I only wear a size seven and a-half,” joked Benzo.

Barbetta thanked the commissioners and Benzo for the opportunity.

“It has been my pleasure, and a blessing, to be able to have worked and learned from Sylvia for the last 12-and-a-half years,” said Barbetta. “She has the ability to comfort those in their time of need, but yet at the same time she is trying to figure out what the customer needs. It takes a long time to learn the questions that you need to ask to get the answers that you need to know in order to help people.”

In other matters discussed at Tuesday’s meeting, Bethany has been named the No.1 town to live in for West Virginia by the HomeSnacks.

“We are very pleased,” said Ennis. “Congratulations to the town, mayor, city recorder and council.”

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