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CLERK OF THE YEAR  


2021 Clerk of the Year Recipient

Bonnie Wilkins, CMC

City of Des Moines City Clerk & Communications Director 

Bonnie has been in her position for 9 years, has received her CMC and is working towards her MMC; has attended numerous WMCA Annual Conferences; and has been very active in several WMCA Committees, including Newsletter, Conference Planning, Awards, Scholarship, and Membership.

In addition to performing all of the normal functions of a clerk, Bonnie is also the editor of a magazine the is distributed to all households in the jurisdiction; provides website and communications  management, and monitors and responds to social media – often working outside of regular work hours.

Bonnie is either involved in or volunteers for more than 10 community events, serves as a Police Foundation Board Member, served as project manager for her City Hall’s improvement project; served as Board Member President for Dollars for Scholars, which raises funds for recreational scholarships, and is a former founding board member of the Knight’s Car Club, an organization created to address liability concerns related to the Annual Wooden Boat and Car Show.

Congratulations Bonnie and thank you for your commitment to both WMCA and your community!


Past Recipients

2021 - Bonnie Wilkins, Des Moines

2020 - Alice Attwood, Tonasket

2019 - Deborah Estrada, Mercer Island

2018 - Christy O'Flaherty, Tukwila

2017 - Diana Quinn. Algona

2016 - Mari Ripp, Woodland

2015 - Dee Roberts, South Bend

2014 - Carol Etgen, Fife

2013 - Alice Bush, Lakewood

2012 - Ali Spietz, Mercer Island

2011 - Margo Tackett, Westport

2010 - Pam Kolacy, Port Townsend

2009 - Cheryl Proffitt-Schmidt, North Bend

2008 - Virginia Olsen, Mountlake Terrace

2007 - Terri Pfister, Spokane

2006 - Cindy Aldous, Marcus

2005 - Sharon Mattioli, Shoreline

2004 - Doris Sorum, Tacoma

2003 - Agnes Bennick, Yelm

2002 - Kelly Hennessey, Mill Creek

2001 - Roland Signett, Ferndale

2000 - Pam Olsen, Brewster

1999 - Diane Underwood, Cashmere

1998 - Linda Ruehle, Issaquah

1997 - Linda Alvar, Lynnwood

1996 - Margery Price, Kennewick

1995 - Mable Knowles, Waterville

1994 - Doris Schaible, Redmond

1993 - Marie O’Connell, Bellevue

1992 - Robin Wohlheuter, Auburn

1991 - Marie Jensen, Kent

1990 - Beverly Garvey,Prosser


Nomination Criteria

Nominations are due by February 4, 2022.

Nomination Form

The criteria for the Clerk of the Year nomination include:

  • Nominees must be an Active member of WMCA (as defined in WMCA’s Bylaws).
  • In good standing (fully paid dues) for the preceding five consecutive years.
  • Anyone can make the nomination (elected official, supervisor, colleague, co-worker)
  • Members currently holding the office of President, President-Elect, Vice President, and Immediate Past President are not eligible for nomination.

The nominee must have made significant contributions or performed outstanding service to WMCA, to the profession of municipal clerk, and to his/her individual municipality in the following areas:

  • Leadership, organization, administration and communications.
  • Legislative and governing body procedures, records management, and public relations.
  • Outstanding service to WMCA, commitment to professional development and contribution to the clerk profession (time/length of service, service on WMCA committees, attendance at State conferences, attendance at other WMCA sanctioned training events, involvement in regional groups and/or IIMC committees).
  • Special projects, community activities, and volunteerism.

Nominations should be submitted in a confidential manner and in collaboration with the nominee’s elected officials, appointed officials, supervisor, or colleagues by including letter(s) of support.

The only WMCA members not eligible to be considered for nomination are those holding the office of President, President-Elect, Vice President and Past President. Don’t let this opportunity to recognize one of your peers pass you by!

The WMCA President selects the Clerk of the Year. The person who nominated the Clerk of the Year will be notified to determine how the recipients jurisdiction, as well as family/guest(s), will be provided the necessary information should they wish to attend the annual banquet.

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