BAYONNE, NJ - With more than forty years in the position the retirement of Robert F. Sloan as the Municipal Clerk of the City of Bayonne represents a changing of the guard of sorts. On Thursday, May 30 Sloan administered the oath of that officer to his successor, Madelene Medina.

Medina, the first woman and person of color to serve as City Clerk in the municipality’s history, and only seventh overall, officially started in the role on June 1.

The City Clerk is responsible for composing the agenda for Council meetings, announcing the agenda items and conducting votes at those meetings, maintaining municipal records, placing legal advertisements, administering local elections, issuing various licenses, and performing a variety of other administrative tasks for the City of Bayonne.

Medina, according to a statement issued by Mayor Jimmy Davis’ office, brings 28 years of experience in the city clerk’s office to the position, including 13 as Deputy Clerk, and is, according to Sloan “well-qualified” including holding off the necessary certifications to fulfill the role.