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Lisa Thomas accepts busy responsibilities as City Clerk-Treasurer

MADISON – Lisa Thomas is applying her on-the-job expertise in serving as City Clerk-Treasurer for the City of Madison.

Thomas has worked as Deputy City Clerk-Treasurer since 2016.

Thomas compiled 30-plus years in commercial banking, with 12 years as Vice President, Branch Manager at Roosevelt Bank in St. Louis, Mo. The Thomas family transferred to Madison in a BRAC relocation in 1997.

After moving, she worked as Vice President of Marketing at Colonial Bank, but her true passion was commercial banking. For the next 14 years, she worked as Vice President/Branch Manager at SouthTrust and Synovus banks and managed Madison’s banking relationships with city leaders and Madison City Schools banking accounts.

“I gained a deep appreciation of how Madison governmental and school leaders were committed to improving citizens’ lives,” she said. When the Deputy City Clerk-Treasurer position opened, “I quickly applied and was eventually selected.”

Transitioning from deputy to lead clerk has been somewhat seamless, Thomas said. “Challenges of learning the vastness of the position remain. I continue to marvel at the great work our previous City Clerk-Treasurer, Melanie Williard, performed daily. My sincere appreciation to her (as) a tireless and dedicated leader who tutored me in nuisances and cross collaborations required for the position.”

“Helping people achieve their financial goals, such as approval for their first home loan, acquiring a (business loan) . . . or growing city revenue . . . all translate into helping the community and (residents) be successful. That is, and will always be, my primary objective,” Thomas said.

“I try not to look at life as a series of disappointments but rather as moments to reflect and learn from,” Thomas said. “We all should continue to learn daily in our lives since being aware of local, state, national and international events allows us to better participate in our community.”

An open line of communication currently exists among City Clerk, Mayor and City Council, which allows the city to operate efficiently, Thomas said. “My objective is to build upon that relationship by eliminating any barriers and institute improvements that benefit council productivity and citizen involvement. My office is on a fast track to build up customer service support.”

Born in Mobile, Thomas graduated with a bachelor’s degree in consumer science from Alabama A&M University. She also earned Certification for Municipal Clerk or CMC from the University of Alabama, College of Continuous Studies.

“I’ve been married for 36 years and have three wonderful children and one lovely granddaughter,” Thomas said. “I’m an avid gardener and love college football and pro basketball. ‘Roll Tide,’ ‘Go Bulldogs’ and ‘Let’s Go, Lakers!’”

Thomas has worked as Deputy City Clerk-Treasurer since 2016.

Thomas compiled 30-plus years in commercial banking, with 12 years as Vice President, Branch Manager at Roosevelt Bank in St. Louis, Mo. The Thomas family transferred to Madison in a BRAC relocation in 1997.

After moving, she worked as Vice President of Marketing at Colonial Bank, but her true passion was commercial banking. For the next 14 years, she worked as Vice President/Branch Manager at SouthTrust and Synovus banks and managed Madison’s banking relationships with city leaders and Madison City Schools banking accounts.

“I gained a deep appreciation of how Madison governmental and school leaders were committed to improving citizens’ lives,” she said. When the Deputy City Clerk-Treasurer position opened, “I quickly applied and was eventually selected.”

Transitioning from deputy to lead clerk has been somewhat seamless, Thomas said. “Challenges of learning the vastness of the position remain. I continue to marvel at the great work our previous City Clerk-Treasurer, Melanie Williard, performed daily. My sincere appreciation to her (as) a tireless and dedicated leader who tutored me in nuisances and cross collaborations required for the position.”

“Helping people achieve their financial goals, such as approval for their first home loan, acquiring a (business loan) . . . or growing city revenue . . . all translate into helping the community and (residents) be successful. That is, and will always be, my primary objective,” Thomas said.

“I try not to look at life as a series of disappointments but rather as moments to reflect and learn from,” Thomas said. “We all should continue to learn daily in our lives since being aware of local, state, national and international events allows us to better participate in our community.”

An open line of communication currently exists among City Clerk, Mayor and City Council, which allows the city to operate efficiently, Thomas said. “My objective is to build upon that relationship by eliminating any barriers and institute improvements that benefit council productivity and citizen involvement. My office is on a fast track to build up customer service support.”

Born in Mobile, Thomas graduated with a bachelor’s degree in consumer science from Alabama A&M University. She also earned Certification for Municipal Clerk or CMC from the University of Alabama, College of Continuous Studies.

“I’ve been married for 36 years and have three wonderful children and one lovely granddaughter,” Thomas said. “I’m an avid gardener and love college football and pro basketball. ‘Roll Tide,’ ‘Go Bulldogs’ and ‘Let’s Go, Lakers!’”

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Digital version of The Madison Record – Feb. 28, 2024

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