When Pam Hunt began working as Cave City’s city clerk in July 1993, she knew nothing about city government.
It was a real hands-on experience for her, she said, especially since she had worked as office manager for Caverna Memorial Hospital before making the move to city hall and also was an operating room technician in the emergency room and obstetrics department at the hospital.
Hunt is glad she changed jobs.
“I love it,” she said. “I love this job. There’s nothing I dislike, except filing.”
The tasks she carries out as city clerk are varied. She assists in writing grants, collects property, occupational, restaurant and net profits taxes, as well as taking care of the codification of ordinances, overseeing the city’s bookkeeping records, city employee retirement system and personnel policies, maintaining the mayor’s schedule and recording the minutes of city council meetings. She was recently appointed alcohol and beverage control administrator after the city legalized the sale of alcohol in restaurants serving 100 people or more and deriving 70 percent of their sales from food.
Hunt also steps in to represent Mayor Bob Hunt when he’s not able to attend an event and dispatches the police department locally.
There are even times when she serves as an information source.
“If they want to know the phone number for the Nashville airport, they call here,” she said.
And that’s OK. She said she does what she can to help.
The most exciting aspect of her job, she said, are the challenges it presents.
“No single day is ever the same as before,” Hunt said.
Hunt has become a Certified Kentucky Municipal Clerk through the Paul Combs Institute in Lexington. She is also working on her next tier of certification, which is Certified Municipal Clerk.
If she completes all levels of certification, she will be a Master Municipal Clerk.
“And I will get that before I retire,” she said.