Appointed to City Council on August 6, 2007. As a charter employee, the Clerk of Council serves at the pleasure of the City Council and is appointed annually. Ms. Bortle graduated with an Associate’s Degree from the State University of New York in June 1982 and a Bachelor’s Degree from Adelphi University in Garden City, New York in 1993. She attained the Virginia Municipal Clerk Association Certified Municipal Clerk designation in October 2009 and the Master Municipal Clerk designation in 2017. She serves as the VMCA Region III Treasurer and co-chair of the state VMCA Newsletter Committee. She is also the former chair of the VMCA Clerk of the Year Committee.