Title: Town Clerk
Municipality: Town of Leland
Position Interested In: At-Large - Clerk
Tell us why you would like to serve in a leadership position at the League. In particular, specify goals you would like to accomplish as an officer or board member and indicate how, if attained, they will help to achieve Vision 2030 – the League’s future vision of how cities and towns will operate in 2030.
Being an active NCAMC Board and committee member for the past eight years in different capacities has provided me with the understanding that most of the state is made up of smaller municipalities. Municipalities are diverse based upon their location, services, and population. Municipalities want to flourish and inform their communities by being transparent, supportive, and reliable.
Municipal Clerks are often referred to as the cog in the wheel because their position supports the community, staff, and elected officials. I have nine years of professional municipal clerk experience. With my education and professional experience, I am eager to help the NCLM Board with the planning pillar, “Expand Effectiveness and Value of Membership Services”, by educating the municipal clerks. The municipal clerks can help NCLM by informing their elected officials and staff of NCLM membership services. I enjoy change, innovation, and engagement with all people regardless of their position.
As a Town Clerk, I regularly attend the in-person two-day Essential of Municipal Government course with the new and existing elected officials. This course experience is not only educational but helps the elected officials and me to build upon our working relationship. Other courses that I would recommend are Rules of Procedure training, facilitator training, and board of adjustment training. This goal would work towards the planning pillar, “Bolstering Leadership Development of City Officials”.
Finally, my last goal would be based upon my experience being the NCAMC Program and Education Chair and Finance Chair. Those roles provided me with the opportunity to work directly with the NCLM staff. This work experience would help fulfill the planning pillar, “Building the League into a great place to work that is cohesive and highly efficient”. I would be happy to assist the NLMC Board and staff from a municipal clerk perspective.
Tell us about your experience as a municipal official. You may want to include information on your service on the municipal governing body, other related boards and special areas of interest.
North Carolina Association of Municipals Clerks 2020 Clerk of the Year.
Leland Town Clerk for the past nine years.
NCAMC Board of Directors 2020/2021 and 2021/2022.
Active NCAMC committee member since 2015.
The NCAMC committees that I served on are as follows:
Program and Education Committee – Served as a committee member for six one-year terms and was also appointed to serve as the chair for a one-year term.
Executive Committee – Served one year term.
State Certification Committee – Served for two one-year terms.
Membership Committee – Served for one-year term.
Scholarship Committee – Served for one-year term.
Clerk of the Year Committee – Served for one-year term.
Finance Committee – Currently serving as the chair for a one-year term.
Site Selection Committee – Serving second year of one-year terms.
Tell us about your educational background, professional experience, and/or community or civic activities.
Master Municipal Clerk from the International Institute of Municipal Clerks
N.C. Certified Municipal Clerk from the UNC School of Government/NCAMC
Associate of Applied Science degree in business and marketing
Professional background in marketing and public relations in a variety of private-sector industries.
Municipal Clerk for past nine years.
Presented with the Public Service Award from the Town of Leland in May 2014 in appreciation for volunteer services in the community.
Active board and club member of the Leland Area Rotary Club 2010-2016 and was the Leland Area Rotary President 2015/2016. Club projects in which I was heavily involved included the Annual Golf Tournament, a Wine, Cheese and Mystery event, and Pancake Breakfast events which were all fundraisers held annually to raise money for local charities. The club provided a backpack program for elementary schools, which was a weekly drop-off of food for children to take home on Fridays to be fed over the weekends.
Wilmington Christian Academy 2015 - Present. Assist the private school with several annual fundraising events to keep tuition investment low. My family also donates time, supplies, and money towards the school when needed.
Have You Participated in Any NCLM Events or Committees?
CityVision Annual Conference
Town & State Dinner or Town Hall Days
Legislative Goals Planning Events or Process
Affiliate Organization: North Carolina Association of Municipal Clerks.
Please provide any other information you would like the Nominations Committee to consider.
One of my major Clerk improvements to the Town was moving away from paper agendas to electronic agendas. The Town of Leland had a paper agenda that was a PDF link on the Town's website. It was available for public view but was not very user friendly. I researched vendors, worked with staff, and created templates for ordinances, resolutions, agendas, and minutes which led to the entire process becoming digitized. I spent over 100 hours of project time that were submitted to IIMC for professional credit towards my Master Municipal Clerk (MMC) designation.
I am one of the 67 municipal clerks throughout 552 municipalities in the state of North Carolina who acquired their MMC.
I am a forward thinker, anticipating problems before they happen. I embrace change and innovation. I strive to be respectful of others and be engaged. I enjoy serving the Council, staff, community, and my peers across the state.
I also included letters of recommendation from the municipal and county elected officials that were submitted with the NCAMC 2020 Clerk of the Year application.