History of the City Secretary

History of the City Secretary

The position of a city secretary or municipal clerk is the oldest public servant role in recorded history. The earliest clerks appeared around 5,000 B.C. with the invention of writing. Biblical reference to the town clerk is found in the Book of Acts chapter 19:35. There is history dating back to ancient Greece that is sometimes titled "city clerk." Early clerk scribes literally used the quill writing instrument. The clerk's office is always one of the first offices created when government is established, and the office is charged with keeping the official records of the government. This government position literally follows the history of writing itself, advancing from verbal, handwritten, typed, and printed, to computerized, digitized and Internet-based documentation and communication technology.

The Office of the City Secretary of today uses modern technology to provide services to citizens, city council, staff, and other government agencies. Ordinances, minutes, and agendas are available electronically, and documents are maintained in accordance with the records management system mandated by the State of Texas. Election laws are both federal and state based, and this office must keep abreast of the latest legal requirements to ensure that all required standards are met. The challenges of official record keeping today, although increased in volume as compared to the past, is maintained by a trained, competent office to ensure that the official records of the City are kept through time for current and future knowledge and historical documentation.

The City Secretary's Office continues to preserve the tradition, ethics, integrity and standards developed by the pioneers of the position in the City of Alpine. The following is a listing of those who have served the City of Alpine as City Secretary.


  1. Flora L. Daugherty, City Secretary: 1918- February 1923
  2. W.A. Daugherty, City Secretary: 2/5/1923 – 2/5/1929
  3. The Honorable E.E. Townsend, City Secretary: 2/5/1929 - September 1929
  4. M.H. Moorman, City Secretary: September 1929-1941 (Died in office)
  5. L. Nelson Lee, City Secretary: August 1941 - May 1942
  6. T.F. Skevington, City Secretary: May 1942 – December 1946 (Died in office)
  7. Judge R.B. “Bob” Slight, City Secretary: January 5, 1947 – June 1947
  8. John Stovell, City Secretary: June 1947 – July 1958 (Died in office)
  9. Lee Cowell, City Secretary: August 1958 – November 1961
  10. Marjorie Graham, City Secretary: April 1962 – April 1976
  11. Janet Sanders, City Secretary: April 1976 - March 1978
  12. Shirley A. Scholl, City Secretary: March 1978 – December 1984
  13. Annabel Holguin, City Secretary: December 1984 – August 2005
  14. Margaret “Molly” Taylor, City Secretary: November 2005 – December 2016
  15. Kalea Cotton, City Secretary: March 2017 – July 2017
  16. Cynthia Salas, City Secretary: August 2017-May 2021
  17. Geoffrey R. Calderon, City Secretary: July 2021 to PRESENT.