Fiftieth anniversary of Municipal Clerks Week proclaimed

A proclamation issued by the Town of Pomfret on March 13, 2019 resolves that the week of May 5 to 11, 2019 is designated as “Fiftieth Anniversary of Municipal Clerks Week.”

Unanimously adopted by the Pomfret Town Board, 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 Allison Dispense, CMC/RMC and signed by The Town of Pomfret Town Board. It also honors Municipal 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 any responsibilities of the Municipal and Deputy Clerk that the public takes for granted, such as keeping the council 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.

Allison Dispense has served the Pomfret Town Clerks office since 2009 acting as Deputy Town Clerk for four years and assuming the position of Town Clerk in 2013. She has been a member of IIMC since 2013. Dispense is also very active with the Chautauqua County Municipal Clerks Association and the New York State Town Clerks Association (NYSTCA). With NYSTCA, she serves as the Membership Chair and Clerk of the Year Chair, and participates on the IIMC, Store, and Computer committees.


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