Clerk of the Year

It is my pleasure as Ways and Means Director to introduce to you
"The 2019 Clerk of the Year Winners!"

The MAMC’s Clerk of the Year program is designed to honor municipal clerks who demonstrate the professional and personal qualities representing the best of our profession. Nominations are received from City and Village Managers, Township Supervisors, Mayors, Board Presidents, fellow Clerks and other municipal officials.

Nominating Committees comprised of previous Clerk of the Year award winners review the nominations and select candidates based on: 

  • Years of experience as a municipal clerk; 
  • Demonstrated greater-than-average performance in the position; 
  • Active in county, state and national associations; 
  • Demonstrated interest in improving their professional and personal skills, and in the advancement of the profession; 
  • A record of contributing to the improvement of their community and the respect of community leaders.

The Clerk of the Year winners were selected by the votes of MAMC active members.

Please contact Stephanie McMillen, Ways and Means Director for any additional questions via e-mail smcmillen@grcity.us or by phone 616-456-3015.


City Clerk of the Year

Jacqueline Beaudry - City of Ann Arbor

Jackie Beaudry has 19 years of municipal experience, and has served as City Clerk for the City of Ann Arbor since 2005.

Jackie’s municipal government experience began in township government, while serving as Deputy Township Clerk for Superior Charter Township in 1999.  In her role as City Clerk, she serves on the management team for the entire city – representing the viewpoint of professional clerks and influencing city-wide initiatives and decisions, through the professional lens of a municipal clerk.

Jackie was recently appointed by Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson to serve on a relatively small team of national and local election experts and officials to help design the implementation of election-related changes to Michigan’s constitution approved by the voters in 2018.  Jackie’s appointment to this team also includes the responsibility of making a variety of recommendations to the Secretary of State, Bureau of Elections, and Michigan Legislature regarding overall election process and rules on behalf of all clerks.  

Jackie was just recently-appointed to the Bipartisan Policy Center’s National Task Force on voter registration – working on national policy affecting voter registration, while representing Michigan clerks.  Jackie also regularly represents clerks through her participation in various Bureau of Elections Committees, including her recent participation on the Forms Review Committee.  She has also served on various MAMC committees, including her current service on the Legislative Committee.

Jackie is an advocate for clerks and the voting public, routinely stepping forward to help in any way that she can.  She recently partnered with the University of Michigan’s Turn-up Turnout Initiative, which resulted in a new college student election inspector program that allowed students to work in voting precincts on campus and still attend classes throughout the day.

Jackie helped launch Ann Arbor’s First Citizens Academy, which showcases all aspects of municipal work to the public, highlighting what goes into the day-to-day operations of running a local government, hopefully sparking community members to get involved in the future of their communities.

Jackie has also represented the United States on four international election observation missions in Europe and Asia. Despite all of her professional contributions and involvement, she makes time for her family, which is very important to her.  Jackie has been described as a “shining star for clerks” and as being “exceptionally-humble, universally well-respected, demonstrating the significance of the vital work clerks perform in service to their communities.”



Township Clerk of the Year

Nancy Hedberg - Township of Scio

Nancy was nominated for the recognition of Township Clerk of the Year by M. Jack Knowles, Township Supervisor. Mr. Knowles writes, “We are pleased to nominate our friend and colleague Nancy J.C. Hedberg as MAMC’s Township Clerk of the Year.” Nancy has served the Scio community as their Clerk since 2008.

Nancy’s service to her community began long before she was elected to the position of Clerk. She served as a member of the Scio Township Planning Commission from 1987 – 2004, and the Board of Review from 1998 thru 2008.

Her community involvement doesn’t end there, since becoming Clerk she has continued to stay involved.  She is currently serving as the President of the Washtenaw County Municipal and Township Clerks Association, is a member of the Forms Committee convened by the Bureau of Elections,   currently serves as the Secretary of the Loch Alpine Sanitary Authority and is a member of the Washtenaw Area Transportation Study Policy Committee, a multi-jurisdictional agency that is responsible for the long range transportation planning in Washtenaw County.

During her tenure as Clerk, Nancy has streamlined the election processes in Scio Township. She was one of the first to jump in and utilize e-poll books and developed a number of checklists for election administration that future clerks can rely upon. In conjunction with the checklists, she developed an additional color-coded checklist of essential elements for the Receiving Board and the Chairs in the precincts. She worked to consolidate and redraw precinct lines after the 2010 Census redistricting to reduce the number of ballots styles from 23 to 10. A change that increased efficiency at the precincts and resulted in a cost savings in printing.

Elaine Brock, Scio Township Election Precinct Chairperson says this about Nancy, “Nancy is the perfect clerk. She is so organized and efficient that she makes my job as precinct co-chair a breeze. I have never asked a question or raised a point that Nancy was not already on top of. (As an attorney I can be pretty detail oriented) To add to that she is caring, approachable, energetic, and just plain enjoyable to be around. Nancy knows everyone and makes a sincere effort to be inclusive and positive about all her duties. Nancy is a township treasure that deserves to be recognized, rewarded and emulated.”

Ms. Hedberg writes, “A Township Clerk must be both a generalist and a specialist with institutional knowledge of an endless list of responsibilities. We clerks have the opportunity to interact with the public more often than most governments officials, and in carrying out day to day obligations, it has been my privilege to serve as a problem-solver, a teacher, a mentor, a resource, and sometimes a referee. It has been such great fun for me!”


Village Clerk of the Year

Tina Martin – Village of Baroda

In 2012, Tina Martin was appointed Village Clerk for the Village of Baroda.  Beyond her statutory duties, Tina handled all public relations and community events for the village.  A big job on their own!  As other village clerks in small communities can appreciate, Tina has taken on many roles including being the “face of Baruda.”  Since there is no Village Manager, Tina represents the village in many capacities developing relationships with fellow local leaders in the business and municipal communities.

As part of her outreach, she is a member of MEDA, MAMC, is a member of the Berrien County Clerks Association, and a former Trustee and President of the Baroda Area Business Association.

In 2018 Tina was promoted and became “Clerk/Treasurer” by adding payroll, taxes, retirement plans, property tax collection, and settlement and reporting to her “to-do” list.  Tina continues her municipal education by gaining Planning and Zoning knowledge by completing the Citizen Planner program and is currently working on her Master Citizen Planner certificate.

A major achievement comes in the arena of Economic Development.  Baroda has a 14-acre industrial park that had been vacant for decades.  Within the last few years, Tina has worked with developers to sell of four parcels with another two committed for sale this year. A big driver behind these sales, and potential redevelopment, comes from Tina’s involvement with the USRD – Rural Development division.  Tina is working with them to guarantee funding to bring infrastructure to this formerly abandoned industrial park.  Work is scheduled to begin summer 2019.

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Stephanie McMillen

MAMC Director,
Ways & Means Chair,
Clerk of the Year Committee

Past Clerk of the Year Winners

2018

City: Holly Thompson, City of Williamston
Township: Jennifer Venema, Charter Township of Caledonia
Village: Amy Salowitz, Village of Pinckney

2017

City: Benjamin Marentette, City of Traverse City
Township: Leon Wright, Van Buren Charter Township 
Village: Elizabeth (Beth) Grohman, Village of Lexington

2016

City:  Tina Barton, City of Rochester Hills
Township: Susanne Courtade, East Bay Charter Township 
Village: Tina Sauve, Village of Metamora

2015

City:  Dana Muscott, City of Bay City
Township: Chelsea Mikel, Sharon Township
Village: Kathryn Arledge, Village of Fowlerville

2014

City:  Pamela B. Smith, City of Farmington Hills
Township: Teresa L. Onica, Atlas Township
Village: Katie M. Cotey, Village of Parma

2013

City:  Heidi Isakson, City of Wyoming
Township: Robert Crawford, Fort Gratiot Township and Barbara Pallotta, Independence Township

2012

City:  Dianne Hill, City of Saline
Township: Janet Roncelli, Bloomfield Township
Village:  Eileen Pulker, Franklin Village

2011

City: Chris Swope, City of Lansing
Township
: Carolyn Boersma, Spring Lake Township
Village
: Arlene Nichols, Village of Lake Orion

2010

City: Todd Blake, City of Fremont
Township
: Joel Hondorp, Byron Township
Village
: Sheri Kesterke, Village of Barrien Springs

2009

City: Mary Kotowski, City of St. Clair Shores
Township
: Terry Bennett, Canton Township
Village
: Dianne Mensinger, Village of Baroda

2008

City: Nancy M. Weiss, City of Birmingham
Township
: Sue A. Hillebrand, Northville Township

2007

City: Mary Therese Hegarty, City of Grand Rapids
Township
: Evan Hope, Delhi Township
Village
: Lonna M. Fisher, Village of Elkton

2006

City: Linda Shannon, City of Auburn Hills
Township
: Ann Ulrich, Hartland Township
Village
: Ann Collins, Village of Milford

2005

City: Debbra Curtiss, Traverse City
Township
: Janet Santos, Bangor Charter Township
Village
: Ellen Marshall, Village of Beverly Hills

2004

City: Beverly Jasinski, City of Rochester Hills
Township
: Terri Kowal, Shelby Charter Township
Village
: Betty Kennedy, Village of North Branch

2003

City: Tonni Bartholomew, City of Troy
Township
: Sandra Abrams, Commerce Charter Township
Village
: Marsha Powers, Village of Holly

2002

City: Robert Slone, City of Ypsilanti
Township
: Colleen Schwartz, Milford Charter Township

2001

City: Maryanne Cornelius, City of Novi
Township
: Janet Helsley, St. Joseph Charter Township

2000

City: Sandy Gadd, City of Oak Park
Township
: Arlene Hill, Chocolay Township

1999

City: Blinda Baker, City of East Tawas
Township
: Carol Wells, Lowell Charter Township

1998

City: Gail Kundinger, City of Muskegon
Township
: Joan McCrary, Independence Township

1997

City: Sharon Streelman, City of Grandville
Township
: Gloria Maichele, Emmet Township

1996

City: Richard Saathoff, City of Grand Blanc
Township
: Estella Beardslee, Spring Arbor Township

1995

City: Kathryn Dornan, City of Farmington Hills
Township
: Becky Dinson, Manistee Township

1994

City: Karen Mazo, City of Woodhaven
Township
: Sharon Tischler, Southfield Township

1993

City: Nancy Miller, City of Rochester
Township
: Edmund Good, Brookfield Township

1992

City: Beverly Bacon, City of Kentwood
Township
: Ila Burris, Lapeer Township

1991

City: Lois Johnson, City of Portage
Township
: Beverly Hammerstrom, Bedford Township

1990

City: Connie Deford, City of Bay City
Township
: Susan Morrow, Plainfield Charter Township

1989

City: Sandra Wright, City of Grand Rapids
Township
: Virginia White, Meridian Charter Township

1988

City: Robert McLachlan, City of Dearborn Heights
Township
: Marvin Besteman, Kinross Township

1987

City: Mary Zander, City of Sterling Heights
Township
: Rose Legg, Brownstown Charter Township

1986

City: Donald Schipper, City of Holland

Township: Charles Keller, Cato Township