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Recorder of the Year



Nanci Sandoval, City of Umatilla

2021 Recorder of the Year

The 2021 Recorder of the Year Award was presented to Nanci Sandoval, City of Umatilla. The guidelines for Recorder of the Year state any OAMR member, City Manager, or Mayor may submit a confidential nomination to acknowledge recorders and recognize their excellence and professional accomplishments. The nominee must have made an outstanding contribution or performed outstanding service to OAMR, to the profession of Municipal Recorder, or to an individual city during the Association fiscal year. This award recognizes outstanding service and performance over and above the person’s job description. Some possible strengths might include areas such as public relations, records management, legislative or council procedures, or even a special project.

Nanci is a relatively new member of OAMR. A quote from the nomination submitted by her City Manager stated, “As every organization can attest, the past year was a trying and difficult year. As our State and Country were necessarily required to transition to remote services, gaps in how services were delivered and how we were able to ensure that the public was informed, engaged, and active in their community became ever more prevalent. Our City was no exception. What was an exception, however, are the incredible achievements lead by our city recorder during this time to strengthen public relations and our new integrated technology systems.”

A few of her other accomplishments this past year include:

  • Incorporated new technology projects for the city.
  • Oversaw the installation of cameras in the council chambers, to allow recording and livestreaming of all council meetings.
  • Managed the installation of a new digital phone system for the City to combine four systems into one, providing direct connectivity to all departments.
  • Implemented a new public relations philosophy and policy.
  • Created and manages her City’s social media accounts, a new electronic newsletter, and uploads of recorded meetings to the City website for increased access to and transparency to the community.
  • Became one of the City’s official translators taking on the task of translating all of her city’s social media posts, newsletters, and other media materials into the Spanish language.
Nanci’s City Manager closed his nomination letter by saying, “At a time when the world was experiencing a pandemic that has caused measurable and immeasurable hardship, she was not only dealing with that, but also two of the worst tragedies a family should never experience in their lifetime. Rather than retreat into a much deserved and understandable secluded shelter, she found solace in her dedication to our community and thrived in implementing enhancements in public relations, technology, and transparency. I stand amazed and count myself privileged to have Nanci on our staff. The City of Umatilla is beyond lucky to have her.”


Angie Lanter, MMC,  Immediate Past President,
City Recorder
City of Banks


RECORDER OF THE YEAR AWARD GUIDELINES

It would be an honor if you would please read the guidelines below and take the time to nominate your City Recorder, Deputy City Recorder, or other eligible designee to receive the Oregon Association of Municipal Recorders’ “Recorder of the Year” Award. I encourage you to acknowledge your City Recorder, and to recognize their professionalism, and dedication to their career.  We all know how valuable our City Recorders are to our cities with the support they provide, and the many things they do that go above and beyond their normal job duties. 

Guidelines:

  1. Any individual OAMR member, board member, City Manager, or Mayor may submit a confidential nomination to the President no later than Friday, August 7, 2020.
  2. The President shall select a recipient for the Recorder of the Year award from the nominations submitted. 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 to anyone other than 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, to the profession of Municipal Recorder, or to an individual city during the association fiscal year. In general, it is not sufficient that a person performed his/her duties well. This award recognizes outstanding service and performance over and above the person’s job description.
      • Areas of expertise may include but are not limited to the following:
          • Public Relations Organization and Administration
          • Special Projects
          • Legislative Procedures
          • Council Procedures
          • Records Management
          • Technology
          • Emergency Preparedness
          • Other: ______________________________

Please use the Recorder of the Year 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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