Marcy Berry has a strong passion for ordinances, court filings, annexation efforts and the other legal minutia of a growing city like London.

That talent will be of great assistance to her when she takes over as city clerk on January 1. For Berry, the clerk’s job will be a continuation of the work she’s been doing for the last nine and half years as a paralegal for city attorney Larry Bryson.

“I really enjoyed the work I did for the city while working with Larry, ordinances and things like that and, most recently, annexation,” she said. “This job is the only one I would have left that job for.”

Following the announced retirement of Carolyn Adams, the city received 12 applications to replace her as clerk. A committee narrowed the list down to 3. Berry was unanimously approved by the city council during its December 7 meeting.

“All of our legal battles and our ordinances, she’s been dealing with those for nine years, so she comes in way ahead of the game,” London Mayor Troy Rudder said. “She’s a nice, confident young lady and we’re lucky to have her.”

Berry has been working with Adams the last few weeks learning other details of the job as city clerk.

“Carol has so much knowledge about all of this,” Berry said. “I am surprised by all of the accounting aspects of the job, with the taxes and licenses. I’m glad she is helping me.”

With her meticulous nature, Berry won’t have any trouble learning the responsibilities of the city clerk and maintaining the high business standards set by Adams, the mayor said.

“Carol is confident that we won’t miss a beat with Marcy.”

Berry, 26, has a Bachelor’s Degree in Paralegal Studies from Eastern Kentucky University and a Paralegal Certificate from the Kentucky Paralegal Association. She is married to Alex Berry.

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