It’s a long way from Germany to Minden, but Michael Fluhr has not only traveled the miles, he has climbed the ladder.
Fluhr, who became a U.S. citizen in May 2010, began working part-time in the Recreation Department for the City of Minden after moving here with his wife in 2002.
When a job opening became available in the water department in 2004, Fluhr made the transition, and when his boss retired, he was promoted to superintendent.
Last week, the Minden City Council voted unanimously to promote Fluhr to City Clerk, a position recently vacated by Ava Morgan, who retired/resigned.
“I will do my best,” Fluhr told the council. “Thank you for giving me this opportunity.”
Mayor Bill Robertson said he has always seen Fluhr’s potential for promotion.
“He’s a good example of a person that has progressed because of his work ethic and his ability to adapt to the different positions,” Robertson said.
According to Robertson, Fluhr brought accounting experience with him from Germany, and although he was well-educated in Germany, Fluhr received his General Educational Diploma (GED) and is now attending Bossier Parish Community College to obtain his Associate Degree in Business Administration.
“Because of my confidence in his ability to do the job, I recommended to the council that he be appointed city clerk,” Robertson said.
According to the city clerk job description, the job is a high-level administrative position involving the receipt, disbursement, and accounting of all funds of the City of Minden.
The clerk is responsible for planning, directing and supervising the complete financial operations of the city, including the maintenance of the appropriate accounting records, journals, ledgers and other materials needed to reflect fiscal transactions and provide an accurate financial picture of the city at all times.
Fluhr’s position as Water Superintendnt must now be filled.