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President's Award of Distinction


Dale Shafer, MMC City of Nehalem

2020 President's Award of Distinction 

As Municipal Recorders, we are at the center of municipal government and play an important role in city government, as well as in the structure of our communities as a whole.  Often, we look “outside” ourselves for acknowledgement and recognition.  In this case, we asked you, the members of OAMR, to look around our organization to see who deserved this award.

The President’s Award of Distinction is awarded to an OAMR member who has contributed greatly to a committee of OAMR or has performed exceptional work for OAMR.

I received two nominations this year. 

The person that I chose for the President’s Award of Distinction has been working in municipal government for over 30 years.  She joined OAMR in the late 80s when she was the City Clerk of a small little town in eastern Oregon.  Like so many talented women in OAMR, she rose to the top of the ranks to become her town’s City Administrator, wearing the hats of the City Recorder, Treasurer, City Planner, and Municipal Judge.  Throughout her career, she oversaw water, sewer, police, fire, a swimming pool, and a cemetery.  She led her City from a $45,000 debt crisis to an almost $1 million surplus, while creating new sidewalks, a new water and sewer system, and a new software system.

After a brief retirement, she returned to local government, joining a small coastal town as City Recorder in 2011.  In 2012, she stepped seamlessly into the role of City Manager/Recorder.  She had a new City Hall built, directed the review of decades of neglected public records, as well as updates to the Master Water Plan and the Comprehensive Plan; and we all know what an undertaking those are.

She has served on numerous OAMR committees throughout her career including the Audit Committee, Bylaws Committee, Scholarship Committee, Mentoring Committee, Conference Committee, Special Projects and Fundraising Committee, and an Ad-Hoc Treasurer Committee.  In 2013, she became a Region Director, followed by running for Second Vice President in 2014, eventually becoming President of OAMR in 2016.  Her leadership qualities and commitment to professional development are seen in the way she supports her staff and colleagues in helping them reach their full potential.  To this day, she proudly displays her OAMR membership certificate on her office wall. 

Kathy Payne, MMC, Immediate Past PresidentCity Recorder,
City of St. Helens

PRESIDENT’S AWARD OF DISTINCTION AWARD GUIDELINES

As Municipal Recorders, we are at the center of municipal government and play an important role in city government, as well as in the structure of our communities as a whole. Often, we look “outside” ourselves for acknowledgement and recognition. In this case, however, we ask you to look inside our organization, at what you and other City Recorders have accomplished this year.

The President’s Award of Distinction is awarded to an OAMR member who has contributed greatly to a committee of OAMR or has performed exceptional work for OAMR. Nominations for this award are accepted only from OAMR members.

Guidelines:

    1. Any individual member or board member may submit a confidential nomination to the President no later than Friday, August 7, 2020.
    2. The President shall select a recipient for the “Award of Distinction” from the membership of OAMR. There may be years in which there are no outstanding nominees. The decision of the President is final.
    3. Recognition will be at the annual conference and will include presentation of a plaque and complimentary registration at the following year’s annual OAMR conference. The registration is not transferable, and can only be used by the award winner.
    4. Criteria for selection are as follows:
        • Any OAMR member in good standing is eligible, with the exception of the President, First Vice President, and Second Vice President. A member in good standing means a fully paid member.
        • The nominee must have made an outstanding contribution or performed outstanding service to OAMR during the association fiscal year.
        • Areas of nomination may include but are not limited to the following categories:
  • Leadership
  • OAMR Committee Work
  • Lifetime Achievement
  • OAMR Programs or Education Development
  • Other: __________________________

Please use the President's Award of Distinction Nomination Form to nominate a Recorder.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact:

Kathy Payne, MMC, OAMR President
City of St. Helens
kathy@ci.st-helens.or.us
503-366-8217


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