Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

August 20, 2013

New position brings Helvey home

Ezra Mann
Pauls Valley Democrat — As Elmore City bid farewell to its longtime town clerk Lisa Rollings over the summer, so the process began to find a replacement for the vital community role.

Living in the area for about 20 years, the ideal candidate turned out to be Pam Helvey, who saw the opening in the paper as both an opportunity to use her background to further her career ambitions and work closer to the school district where her kids, Jake and Marshall, are enrolled. Sworn in on July 31, she officially started duties for the city full-time about a week ago, though she had started working on a part-time basis almost immediately after being hired by Mayor Joel Crawford.

“I’ve wanted to work closer to home,” said Helvey, who most recently was an employee at Landmark Bank in Wynnewood and a stay-at-home mom before that. “I’d rather be closer to kids and active in the community I live.”

It has been a learning-on-the-job experience for Helvey, whose previous community involvements centered mostly around school related activities like judging the Badger Homecoming Parade or an annual visit to the Footloose Festival.

She noted how she felt qualified for a majority of the clerical related duties thanks to experience she’s had in those areas and it all should be good use of the bachelor’s degree she earned in business at East Central University.

The areas that have taken getting used to are some of the government related tasks like taking the minutes for her first city council meeting recently and building contacts through organizations like the area chamber of commerce.

She’s not too worried as things have gone rather smoothly so far and what she can’t find out through asking helpful citizens she will learn through extra training like a class for the position.

“Everybody in general’s been real good helping me if I have questions,” said Helvey, who is originally from Ardmore where she grew up. “I want to do things the same way they’ve been done because it’s been real organized.”

In other words, Helvey’s more than ready to be active in every way possible, in order to be the most effective she can for the position. She doesn’t feel like there is a lot that needs to be changed and is thankful it is all made easier by living in such a small community.

Helvey is also already looking forward to another school year where Jake has started his senior year and Marshall is getting more involved in sports as an eighth grader.

“It’s a small community so everybody knows each other,” said Helvey, noting how the incentive to stick around also includes relatives who have moved to Garvin County in recent years be it in town or Pauls Valley. “We’ve all kind of migrated this way.”