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Recorder of the Year


Karen Spoonts, MMC, City of Medford

2020 Recorder of the Year

A City Recorder of the Year nominee must be an OAMR member in good standing and should exemplify professionalism and dedication to their career; someone who has 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.  Areas of expertise may include public relations, organization and administration, special projects, records management, legislative procedures, and many other important functions of a municipality or organization.

The individual I have chosen out of eight nominations for the 2020 Recorder of the Year is someone who epitomizes the qualities of an outstanding and exceptional City Recorder.  She has served her city since 1996 and has been a member of OAMR since 2001, achieving her Master Municipal Clerk Certification in 2010.  She has served on numerous OAMR committees over the years and became a Region Director in 2016. 

Her Mayor, City Manager, fellow Recorders, and colleagues all had amazing stories to tell about this wonderful individual. 

The Mayor said… “In addition to performing her job at an exemplary level, she demonstrates an extraordinary commitment to her career and our community.”

From the City Manager… “She is respected among her peers, highly regarded by our Council and within the community.”

From a fellow City Recorder… “Her ethics and character are qualities I admire in a person and friend.  She represents her position with the highest of standards and is a dedicated local government employee working on community projects and joining local committees to help her community be a better place to live and work.”

And from her very own Deputy City Recorder, who for the past eight years has witnessed her extraordinary professionalism and dedication saying… “She is deserving of this award for so many reasons, that I know I cannot outline everything in a single letter…”  But she tried. J

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


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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