Farmington deputy clerk gets the nod for promotion

Farmington officials on Monday voted to hire Deputy City Clerk Mary Mullison to replace retiring City Clerk Sue Halberstadt.

Mullison responded to a range of questions during a 45-minute interview held in the conference room at City Hall. She spoke about her interest in digitizing more city records, while acknowledging that “municipalities tend not to be at the forefront of technology.”

“I would like to see the clerk’s department get something like Laserfiche that would allow everybody to be able to search and draw information from all departments into one,” she said. “The more knowledge we have, the better decisions we make.”

A musician and former teacher, Mullison was hired by Halberstadt after first working as an election inspector, a position her mother held in Northville Township. “It was just something I admired about her, and something I could do, too … It was a way for me to give back.”

Mullison started part-time at the Clerk’s office and assisting with human resources in the Treasurer’s office, before being hired as Deputy Clerk.

“That’s when it all got fun,” she said. “There were all sorts of things to do and all sorts of ways to give back.”

Asked why council members should promote her, Mullison noted her career path has included progressively more responsible positions.

“The city of Farmington has actually made an investment in me,” she added. “I would hate to see that investment squandered. I want to use it here, not in another city.”