One of the first orders of business during the May 3 Fayetteville City Council meeting was for the Mayor and City Council to honor City Clerk Anne Barksdale and Deputy City Clerk Valerie Glass by declaring May 6-12 to be “Municipal Clerks Week” in Fayetteville.
The Municipal Clerks Week tradition began in 1969 with the International Institute of Municipal Clerks and is endorsed by all of its members throughout the United States, Canada and 15 other countries. In 1984 and in 1994, Presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton, respectively, signed proclamations officially declaring Municipal Clerks Week the first full week of May and recognizing the essential role municipal clerks play in local government. Governor Nathan Deal has also signed a proclamation proclaiming Municipal Clerks Week in the State of Georgia.
Barksdale joined the City of Fayetteville in May 1999, and she became Deputy City Clerk in September 2004. She has been City Clerk since September 2012.
Glass joined the City of Fayetteville in January 2014 and was promoted later that year to the office of Deputy City Clerk.
Following is the full proclamation.
WHEREAS, the Office of the Municipal Clerk, a vital part of local government, is one of the oldest offices in public service. It provides the professional link between citizens and local governing bodies and agencies; and
WHEREAS, municipal clerks have pledged their neutrality and impartiality, rendering equal service to all; and
WHEREAS, the Office of the Municipal Clerk serves as the information center on functions of local government and community; and
WHEREAS, municipal clerks continually strive to improve the Office of the Municipal Clerk through participation in education programs, seminars, workshops, and the annual meetings of their state, province, county, and international professional organizations.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Mayor Edward Johnson along with the City Council of Fayetteville do hereby proclaim May 6 – May 12, 2018 as MUNICIPAL CLERKS WEEK in Fayetteville, Georgia. SO PROCLAIMED this 3rd day of May, 2018.