The city of Tolleson has proclaimed May 5 to May 12 as the 20th Anniversary of Municipal Clerks Week.
The proclamation honors municipal and deputy clerks for the service they provide their communities. Specifically, the proclamation cites 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 Crystal Zamora and signed by Mayor Anna Tovar.
Zamora has been Tolleson’s city clerk since 2005. She is active in the Arizona Municipal Clerks Association, and she received her certified municipal clerk designation in 2015. An ASU graduate, she is an Arizona certified elections official.
“I am extremely honored and blessed to be the city clerk for the city of Tolleson. I have the opportunity to serve the community I grew up in and adore, a community that believed in me and supported me since I was a young girl,” Zamora said.
The International Institute of Municipal Clerks sponsors Municipal Clerks Week. IIMC has 14,500 members throughout the United States, Canada and 15 other countries.
IIMC President and Charlotte, North Carolina, City Clerk Stephanie Carouthers Kelly urged municipal and deputy clerks to share the impact the municipal clerks have on their public.
“There are many responsibilities of the municipal and deputy clerk that the public takes for granted, such as keeping the council advised of legislation that affects them,” Kelly said. “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.”