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Manchester hires new city clerk

A new city clerk was approved at the regular Manchester Board of Aldermen meeting on Jan. 20.

Justin Klocke will begin in that role on Feb. 3. His hiring follows the retirement of longtime city clerk Ruth Baker earlier this month. Klocke comes to Manchester after working as the city clerk for the city of Shrewsbury. Prior to Shrewsbury, he was a member of Sen. Claire McCaskill’s staff.


“I knew I wanted to stay in government and I enjoy municipal government,” Klocke said of his move from politics. “I am excited about this opportunity in Manchester.”

Among other duties, Klocke will prepare all Board of Aldermen meeting agendas and minutes; issue, administrate and maintain liquor licenses; assist the city administrator and department heads; certify documents as a Notary Public; post public notices as required by law; and serve as the custodian of official records and official seal of the city. Among those official records are ordinances, resolutions, minutes and contracts consistent with state law and or regulations of the Secretary of State’s Office.

Klocke’s salary is $62,000 annually.

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