By Julie Ann Madden
A lifelong Akron resident is the town’s new city clerk.
At a special meeting Jan. 2, Akron councilors unanimously approved hiring Melea Nielsen, which many may have known as the personal banker at Security National Bank.
Nielsen, the daughter of Ernie and Deb Gabel of rural Akron, graduated from Akron-Westfield High School in 1998. Then she earned an associate of arts degree in Western Iowa Tech Community College’s Legal Assistant program in 2000.
For the first six years after collegiate graduation, Nielsen worked at the Heidman Law Firm in Sioux City. For the last eight years, she has been employed at Security National Bank in Akron.
She and her husband, Luke, have two children: Natalie, an A-W fourth grader; and Kasey, a second grader. Since 2008, Luke has been employed at Heyl Truck Lines in Akron. She is the daughter-in-law of Bob and Linda Nielsen of Akron.
The Nielsens are members of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Preston Township in rural Akron. She is also a member of the GFWC Friendship & Service Club.
When not working, Nielsen enjoys reading, attending her children’s sporting events, and is a true Westerner fan. She also is an avid Nebraska Cornhusker football fan.
Nielsen’s first day at City Hall will be Jan. 20. She replaces Nicolle DeRocher who resigned in December.