Regional award bestowed on ‘model’ public servant

Last updated: October 22. 2013 9:53PM - 1719 Views
Natalie Henry Richmond County Daily Journal



Tammy Kirkley
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Each year a clerk from the five-county region is recognized as Clerk of the Year by the Lumber River Council of Governments.


This year, Hamlet City Clerk Tammy Kirkley was honored as the award recipient. She was recognized during the organization’s annual dinner on Thursday in Lumberton. The award is given to a person that goes far and beyond giving their time, energy and commitment to the residents of their community.


City Manager Marchell David, Kirkley’s supervisor, nominated Kirkley for the award and Councilman Tony Clewis wrote a letter of support.


In David’s nomination, she writes, “The saying goes that ‘behind every good manager, is a good clerk;’ I assert that beside every good manager is a GREAT clerk. I have been blessed to work beside someone who shares my vision of what it is to be a true public servant.”


David continues, “Her commitment to the ‘city of Hamlet team’ is unparalleled.”


Clewis described it as a great honor and privilege to support Kirkley’s nomination.


Kirkley has been city clerk for Hamlet for nearly 12 years. In that time, Kirkley’s major accomplishments include the development and maintenance of the city’s website, updating the city’s developing and maintaning the city’s website, updating the city’s code, coordianting fall and spring litter sweeps and coordinating staff training on web enhancements.


David said, “Tammy always makes herself available to anyone who needs assistance, even if it means working after hours.”


In her nomination letter, David continued: “Often she can be found after 5 p.m. notarizing documents, making copies or returning phone calls for citizens who culd not get to city hall before hours.”


Kirkley exemplified this availability with a recent occurence, David said. A woman had came into the office after hours to fill out an employment application. Kirkley took the initiative to stay late and help the woman complete the application process instead of simply going home.


With Clewis’s support and after David put Kirkley in the running for the award the nomination was reviewed by a committee comprised of the Lumber River Council of Government board of directors and senior staff members.


David best sums up why Tammy Kirkley was given the award saying, “If I could define the perfect city clerk, I would use Tammy Kirkley as the model. She has a commitment to public service and she is a definite asset to the city of Hamlet.”

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