DAMASCUS -- Following the head clerk’s resignation, Damascus officials announced Tuesday evening that the search is on for a new district court clerk.

Melissa Hallman resigned from her position as the Damascus head court clerk, giving the city two weeks to find a replacement.

Alderman decided during the regularly scheduled Damascus City Council meeting Tuesday evening to seek a part-time candidate instead of hiring a full-time district court clerk.

For the time being, the small town’s court system continues running smoothly, Beau Wilcox, city attorney, said.

“Melissa had a lot of experience and we certainly wish her well with this new opportunity,” he said Tuesday night.

District Court Judge Chris Carnahan will have the ultimate say when it comes to filling the now-open position. However, on Tuesday he said he would work alongside Mayor L.B. Pavatt to seek “community-minded” candidates.

While the schedule is not yet set in stone, Pam Mahan, the town clerk, said she expects the incoming clerk would be needed Monday-Wednesday each week.

After discussing the need to fill the head court clerk position, city officials also discussed the need to replace a utility vehicle utilized by the water and street department.

In other business, Mayor Pavatt also expressed his concerns to aldermen about overcrowding at the Faulkner County Detention Center.

“Something has to be done,” he said.

Alderman Jackie Williams requested Randy Nicholson, the water and street department superintendent, seek grants in order for the city to move forward with plans to construct a city park.

For more information on the city’s open clerk position or to apply, call Holly Beck at 501-450-6112.

Staff writer Marisa Hicks can be reached at mhicks@thecabin.net.