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City Secretary Lee Woodward was honored Wednesday by the regional Salt Grass Chapter of the Texas Municipal Clerks Association, Inc. (TMCA), as its 2017 Clerk of the Year. The designation is is selected from nominees from the Chapter and was a recognition of Woodward's service as President of the Chapter in 2015, as well as other officer, training, and committee service over the last several years.
Additionally, Woodward was a recipient in two scholarship categories, coming away with a $250 Deloris McKenzie Scholarship and a $100 Patrice Fogarty Athenian Dialogue Scholarship. The Huntsville City Secretary expressed her appreciation.
"It is moving to have been recognized in this way by other clerks and members of city secretary's offices in the cities of the greater Houston area," said Woodward. "These are individuals who know what the role entails and excel at it themselves. It is a pleasure to work with them and to be able to count on them for advice and assistance. However, it is important to note that this award is really a result of the support the City of Huntsville provides for education and training. Deputy City Secretary Brenda Poe and I know how fortunate we are to work with the Council and a great team of co-workers, and in such an encouraging environment."
Mayor Andy Brauninger and Councilmember Joe Rodriquez were present at the Salt Grass Chapter's annual installation banquet and awards luncheon, as was City of Huntsville Deputy City Secretary Brenda Poe, as special guests of the Chapter.
"I am so proud of Lee and applaud the Salt Grass Chapter for recognizing her in this way," said Brauninger. "She receives a great deal of respect from her peers and fellow city secretaries. Lee is a professional and a pleasure to work with and is very deserving."
Woodward is a Texas Registered Municipal Clerk with TMCA, and a Master Municipal Clerk with the International Institute of Municipal Clerks. She earned her Certified Public Manager certificate from the William P. Hobby Center for Public Service and is participating in this year's SHSU High Potential Employee Leadership Academy cohort. Woodward is an annual presenter at the TMCA Election Law Conference and the H-GAC Election Law Seminar and in 2017 presented for both the TML Newly-Elected Officials Conference and the annual Salt Grass Chapter Public Information Seminar. She serves as the City of Huntsville representative on the Board of Directors of the Huntsville-Walker County Chamber of Commerce and is a co-author for the 10th & 11th Editions of the Texas Municipal Clerks Handbook. Woodward's next milestones are earning the Certified Parliamentarian credential from the American Institute of Parliamentarians and the Professional Registered Parliamentarian credential from the National Association of Parliamentarians (she currently holds their Registered Parliamentarian credential).
Woodward was appointed by the City Council as the City Secretary in September 2009. The City Secretary is a City official appointed by the City Council as the secretariat to the governing body. Duties include Council administration, elections officer, Public Information Officer for media & communications, liquor licensing, Records Management Officer (RMO), liaison to boards and commissions, and being part of the City's emergency management team. The City Secretary is accountable for the City seal and public information requests, and serves as the parliamentarian to the Council. The City Secretary is charged with neutrality, honesty, integrity, and upholding applicable state law and the City Charter.
For more information, contact Woodward at CitySecretary@HuntsvilleTX.gov or 936-291-5403.