Beth Cooper award

Crissy Fletcher, president of the Kentucky Municipal Clerks Association (left), presents Beth Cooper with the KMCA Clerk of the Year award.

During a special presentation at last week’s meeting of the Benton City Council, Beth Cooper, city clerk and treasurer, was awarded the Kentucky Municipal Clerks Association’s (KMCA) Clerk of the Year Award.

Cooper has been an employee of the City of Benton for 24 years.

Crissy Fletcher, president of KMCA, said, “Tonight I’m thrilled to recognize Bethany, because not only has she been a dedicated servant to KMCA, but also to her community.”

Cooper has served on the KMCA board of directors since 2014, serving twice as treasurer and once as vice-president. She has also served on and chaired on multiple committees. She received her Kentucky Master Municipal Clerk designation in 2018 and her International Certified Municipal Clerk designation in 2019.”

“As KMCA president, I have worked closely with Bethany for several years. She has always remained level headed and goes above and beyond to accomplish the goals of the organization. She often remains in the background working diligently, and it’s time she be recognized for her service,” said Fletcher.

Benton City Mayor Rita Dotson said, “Beth is an amazing city clerk who is hard-working and performs her job exceptionally well. She also relates well to all the city employees and they work very well with her. We couldn’t make it without her and are so proud for her for this well deserved honor.”

In other business, the council:

• Voted not to accept the single bid received for street paving at a cost of $132 to $163 per ton. At the recommendation of Dotson, the project will be re-bid for a lower price per ton.

• Heard the June police reports. In June, the Benton Police Department answered 801 calls, opened 11 case and responded to 21 auto collisions. Twenty-one citations were issued, 10 were traffic citations and the others were criminal citations.

The council will meet again in a special called meeting Friday, July 31, at 9:30 a.m. in City Hall.