Mayor Blake Inscore used the final minutes of Monday’s Crescent City Council meeting to say farewell to City Clerk Kymmie Scott, who recently tendered her resignation after three and a half years on the job.
Scott will be transitioning into her new position as emergency manager for the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation.
Councilor Alex Fallman said while Scott worked as the city clerk, she also took it upon herself to do “everything else the city currently isn’t doing.”
Councilor Jason Greenough wished her the best in her new job, saying she will excel at whatever she chooses to do.
Mayor Pro Tem Heidi Kime said she is excited for Scott in her new endeavor, adding she hopes to be able to travel to Japan with her again.
Councilor Darrin Short said it’s amazing how engaged Scott is in her community and how endearingly the community speaks of her.
“You’re going to be missed and I’m glad you’re not going far,” he said.
Inscore addressed Scott, saying, one of her greatest traits is she always aspires to be more.
“I think that is something that is sorely lacking in our world today,” he said. “So many people are just satisfied with what they have and we need people, especially young people, who are willing to ascribe to something more, and I really respect you for that.”
Inscore said the city’s loss will be a gain for the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation.
Scott acknowledged the friends she’s made and the vast knowledge she’s acquired at the city, saying she could not thank everyone at the city enough for their friendship.
“We live in an extremely special community,” Scott said. “I think everyone here knows that and appreciates it.”
Scott said she plans to remain in the community and help wherever she can.
Scott has been city clerk, as well as the city’s public information officer and has been repeatedly recognized for her work.
Not only did she travel to Rikuzentakata, Japan with a delegation last spring but assisted with the organization, administration and outreach leading up to the visit. She said Wednesday that she will continue to work with the Sister City program, as the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation has expressed interest in the partnership as well.
Last March, Scott was named a Woman of the Year by Sen. Mike McGuire, for her collaborations with state and local agencies and community groups. At every event from First Fridays downtown, to Find Your Park to the Community Thanksgiving Dinners, one could find Scott working a station or directing traffic.
Scott was instrumental in organizing the first Find Your Park event and has been involved since.
She was also responsible for the creation of the city council’s Policy and Procedures Manual, in which she compiled decades of data, laws and procedures into a single handbook that will continue to be used by future councils.
She was also one of a handful of workers who helped maintain the St. George’s Reef Lighthouse last summer.
Scott has been taking online classes through Colorado University to get her bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership, particularly in public administration and emergency management.
“I graduate in March, so I’m quite excited about that,” she said by phone Wednesday.
As a former search and rescue incident commander in Colorado, and through her work with the city, Scott is well-suited for her new role with the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation.
Through her work with the city and its emergency management system, Scott is familiar with the protocols of emergency management and knows many of the local officials.
In her new position, she will be responsible for implementation of the tribe’s emergency preparedness, response, training mitigation and disaster recovery program.
Interim City Manager Mike Young also recognized Scott for her years of service to the city.
Former City Clerk Robin Patch plans to move into the position as interim city clerk until a permanent replacement can be found, Young said.
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