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 Secretary Brenda Poe, Deputy City Secretary Kim Wagner, and City Manager Erica Berry, all Texas Registered Municipal Clerks, and signed by Mayor Lang. It 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 14,700 members throughout the United States, Canada, and 15 other countries.
IIMC President Sheri Pierce, MMC, and City Clerk for the City of Valdez, Alaska, 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.
Quoting Professor William Bennett Munro—author of one of the first textbooks written on the topic of municipal administration—Pierce shares, "No other office in municipal service has so many contacts. It serves the Mayor, the City Council, the City Manager, and all administrative departments, without exception. All of them call upon it, almost daily, for some service or information.”
"The functions of the Clerk necessitate a thorough knowledge of law procedure, administration, and interpersonal relations.” Pierce further challenges Clerks to fervently pursue continuing education opportunities and professional networking to “establish [their] proper role as a member of the municipal executive team.”
Brenda Poe has served as Llano City Secretary, since August 2021 and has been a member of Texas Municipal Clerks Association (TMCA) since 2019. Poe is an active member of the Llano Lions Club, and Jackets 4 Success as the Treasurer. Wagner received her certification in January 2022 and was sworn in as Deputy City Secretary in 2022. Berry was the City Secretary for three years before being named the City Manager in June of 2021. All three are also members of the Hill Country Chapter of Texas Municipal Clerks Association.