Edina, Minn., Dec. 10, 2018 – With more than two decades of public service and a passion for the community, Sharon Allison has begun work as Edina’s City Clerk.
The City Clerk organizes and directs all national, state and local elections for public office within the City’s 20 precincts; manages the official records for the City, including the City Code; serves as the “Responsible Authority” for data practices requests; and manages the business licensing and permit process, including food and liquor licenses. The City Clerk, part of the Administration Department, also oversees the City Code and resolutions of the City Council. Allison succeeds Debra Mangen in the position.
Allison holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Northwestern, St. Paul, and a Minnesota Public Works Leadership Academy certificate from Hamline University’s School of Business and the American Public Works Association. She has worked for the City of Edina for 15 years, first in the Engineering Department and more recently in the Administration Department as she prepared to take on the City Clerk position. Prior to that, she worked for the City of Minneapolis in the Police and Public Works departments for seven years.
“Sharon has the perfect combination of experience, demeanor and drive to be our City Clerk,” said City Manager Scott Neal. “We are fortunate that she was here, at the right time and at the right place, when we need her to step into this new role.”
Allison is excited about her new position and continuing the rich tradition of service to all who live, work and play in Edina.
“As Jamaican immigrants to Minnesota learning about different places, we quickly realized that Edina shared our family values and decided that this was where we would send our children to school, thanks to open enrollment,” said Allison of her and her husband’s decision. “We could not afford to live in Edina, and still cannot, so this was the best way for us to be part of a top school district. Our grandchildren continue this tradition, which is a testament to how we still feel about Edina.”
Allison has been married to Royan for 28 years. Their children, Kirsten and Marley, are graduates of Edina High School. Their grandchildren are students at Countryside Elementary School.
“I can see myself retiring from Edina as a City Clerk,” Allison said. “To be part of this city is awesome.”
For more information on the City Clerk position, visit EdinaMN.gov/Administration. Contact Allison at 952-826-0408 or sallison@EdinaMN.gov.