DOCUMENTING HISTORY ONE MEETING AT A TIME
Sadie Main has documented nearly every Estacada City Council meeting since 2015, but it's hard for her to pick just one memory that stands out from these events.
"Every council meeting is pretty interesting," she said. "The council is such an important group of people in our city. For being volunteers, they really do have such a responsibility."
Estacada is celebrating Municipal Clerks Week from Sunday, May 5, through Saturday, May 11. A proclamation approved by the City Council on Monday, April 22, described municipal clerks as "the professional link between the citizens, the local governing bodies and agencies of government at other levels" and "the information center on functions of local government and community."
The proclamation noted that the office is "a time honored and vital part of local government." The position can be traced back to 1272 in London.
Today, in some states such as Oregon, municipal clerks are known as city recorders. As Estacada's city recorder, Main is responsible for a variety of tasks, including recording city council meetings, drafting agendas and handling other government records.
"My day changes daily. Every day something new pops up, or we get a new question," Main said. "It keeps you on your toes, and makes the job interesting."
Along with her responsibilities as recorder, Main is also the finance director, human resources officer and a member of the safety committee at Estacada City Hall.
"In bigger cities, the recorder is usually just the council secretary, but in a lot of small cities, we wear several different hats," Main said. "In smaller cities, we all just kind of do everything."
Main started her tenure with the city as an administrative assistant in 2006. She applied for and received her current position when the previous city recorder, Denise Carey, was promoted to city manager four years ago.
Though Main is involved with many projects, she particularly enjoys working on the city budget.
"I love numbers, and every day is different," she said.
Main also appreciates collaborating with the city councilors.
"They're a really great group of people," she said. "As long as I've been here, we've always had a good group of councilors."
Main began working for the city of Estacada after graduating from Oregon State University with a bachelor's degree in sociology. City Manager Denise Carey and her husband Jim Carey, who was Main's counselor at Estacada High School, were in attendance at Main's graduation party.
"Denise asked my mom what I wanted to do next and said 'we might have some part time positions at City Hall,'" Main recalled.
She has appreciated working for the city of Estacada ever since then, noting that she particularly enjoys working as the city recorder for the town she lives in.
"I started working here, and I never imagined leaving," she said. "So many great things have happened in the city over the years. There are so many great memories."