Heather Sponsler is sworn in as city clerk on Tuesday after her appointment by Mayor Don Tottingham, right, and approval by the Houston City Council. Sponsler was the city’s utility clerk. 

Heather Sponsler

New Houston city clerk Heather Sponsler.

Houston has a new city clerk after an appointment Tuesday by Mayor Don Tottingham with the approval of the Houston City Council.

Heather Sponsler, a city utility clerk since June 2009, was hired to fill a position previously held by Tonya Foster. Sponsler, who has filled in on an interim basis, was among four finalists for the position who were interviewed recently by Tottingham and City Administrator Tona Bowen.

The city clerk serves as the day-to-day office administrator of city hall and takes the minutes at each council meeting.

Sponsler’s replacement could be named as early as this week, Bowen told council members.

In other employment matters, members:

—Heard that a city electrical lineman was leaving. Jarad Crews has accepted a position at Nixa. Already on the city payroll, Dustin Hartman is taking an apprentice lineman position. The city will pay for his training, but he’ll be required to pay the costs if he exits within two years. That decision was made before Crews announced his departure Tuesday. The department was already shorthanded.

—Announced that Jacob Shannon, a county deputy, would fill a newly created police officer position.

—Learned that the deadline is Jan. 22 for applications for a vacant economic development head and water and wastewater position.

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