Message from the President
Welcome to the North Carolina Association of Municipal Clerks!
Clerks are a vital and important part of municipal government. Our position is required by NC General Statute 160A-171, “There shall be a city clerk who shall give notice of meetings for the council, keep a journal of the proceedings of the council, be the custodian of all city records, and shall perform any other duties that may be required by law or the council.” The city clerk is also one of the oldest municipal government positions. The position can be traced to Biblical times where in Acts the town clerk quietens the crowd to prevent a riot due to the conflict between the missionary Paul and the people of Ephesus.
In North Carolina, some clerks serve solely as the clerk whereas others may also serve as administrator, tax collector, finance officer, and/or supervisor. One thing all clerks have in common is they are a vital link between the citizens and council. They’ve earned respect among the citizenry to provide accurate and timely information.
The North Carolina Association of Municipal Clerks (NCAMC) is a professional organization representing clerks and deputy clerks from towns, villages, cities and special districts across North Carolina. We are dedicated in partnering with the International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC), School of Government at the University of Chapel Hill (SOG), and the North Carolina League of Municipalities (NCLM) to provide continued growth and development to each municipal clerk and their municipality. These opportunities are provided throughout the year with schools and academies. Upon completion of specific courses, members earn credits towards attaining certification as a North Carolina Certified Municipal Clerk (NCCMC); Certified Municipal Clerk (CMC); and, Master Municipal Clerk (MMC).
I am honored and excited to serve as your NCAMC president for 2016/17. My theme for the year is “We Are Family.” A family sticks together, weathering the storms and relishing in the joys - often offering support when others are too weak or scared to step out. A guiding hand through uncertain paths. A voice of wisdom and experience for the younger ones. A breath of fresh air and new ideas for the older ones. Like any family, we are unique yet special. When one family member is hurt, we reach out with cards, prayers and encouraging words. When one celebrates, we rejoice with them. Our clerk family is who we turn to when the difficult questions arise and we need answers ten minutes ago; guidance in finding the correct resources; citing general statutes; weeding through notice regulations and public meeting laws; and, since we are the official record keepers, what can be thrown away and what must be retained.
I look forward to a great year of serving NCAMC.
Dora Moore, MMC, NCCMC
Town of Rural Hall