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Posted on: August 31, 2021

Carteret County clerk to the board of county commissioners to retire

CARTERET COUNTY, NC – After over six years of service to the County of Carteret, Clerk to the Board of County Commissioners Rachel Hammer has decided to retire from her position effective November 30, 2021.

During her time as county clerk, Hammer worked closely with County Commissioners on matters of community interest and served as a liaison between citizens and county government. She was responsible for preparing agendas for Board meetings, gathering information for meeting agenda packets, and notifying Commissioners, appropriate County staff, news media, and other interested parties of dates and times of Board meetings. Her most significant duty was the preparation, filing, and safeguarding of important local government records. For example, she kept full and accurate minutes of meetings of the board of county commissioners and organized and maintained county ordinances.

“I cannot say enough about Rachel Hammer and what she means to the commissioners,” said Board of Commissioner Chairman, Ed Wheatly. “Her wealth of knowledge from her years as clerk to the board makes our office run smoothly and efficiently. We thank Rachel for her professional service to the County and wish her all the best in her well-deserved retirement.”

During her tenure, Hammer earned the designation of Certified County Clerk through the UNC School of Government and is a member of the North Carolina Association of County Clerks.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed serving our Carteret County community,” Hammer says. “I have been given many opportunities to learn and grow as Clerk, and I have enjoyed serving the citizens, elected officials, and my colleagues of our great County. Through the years, I have met so many people and made lifelong friendships. I’m proud of what we have accomplished together, and I want to thank the Board of County Commissioners and County staff for letting me be a part of their team.”

The clerk plays a vital role in county government and State law requires every board of county commissioners to designate a clerk. Carteret County has begun a search for Hammer’s replacement. Interested candidates can read more about the job description and how to apply at


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