50th anniversary of Municipal Clerks Week
by Whitley Clifton | May 8, 2019 3:27 pm
A proclamation issued by the City of Twin City, on May 7, 2019 resolves that the week of May 5 – 15, 2019 is designated as the 50th Anniversary of Municipal Clerks Week.
Unanimously adopted by the city commission, the proclamation extends appreciation to all municipal and deputy clerks for the services with which they provide their communities. Specifically, the proclamation cites that the clerk “serves as the professional link between the citizens, the local governing bodies and agencies of government at other levels.”
The proclamation was presented to city clerk Constance Hughes, assistant city clerk Genia Ducker, and finance clerk Linda Harrington, and signed by Mayor Eileen Dudley. It also honors municipal and deputy clerks for “continually striving to improve the administration of their duties through participation in education programs, seminars, workshops and annual meetings of their state, province, county and international professional organizations.”
The International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC), a professional association of city, town, township, village, borough, deputy, and county clerks, sponsors Municipal Clerks Week. IIMC has 14,500 members throughout the United States, Canada, and 15 other countries.
IIMC President Stephanie Carouthers Kelly, MMC and city clerk for the City of Charlotte, North Carolina, urges municipal and deputy clerks to highlight the importance of their roles and functions and the impact the municipal clerk’s office has on the public.
“There are many responsibilities of the municipal and deputy clerk that the public takes for granted, such as keeping the city council/commission advised of legislation that affects them,” said Kelly. “Yet, if clerks are inattentive in their duties, then the efficient operation of our local government is greatly affected.
“The functions of the clerk necessitate a thorough knowledge of law procedure, administration and interpersonal relations. To keep up with the consistent transformation in local government, many clerks participate in continuing education and seminars and attending clerk Institutes,” said Kelly.