City and Borough of Juneau municipal clerk Beth McEwen usually counts the votes to determine who won a local election. But, recently, she won an elected post of her own.
Members of the Alaska Association of Municipal Clerks elected McEwen to serve as the education director for the organization at its annual business meeting. Her term will extend until November 2022, according to a news release from the group.
Danyielle Snider, secretary of the group and clerk for the City of Fairbanks, said McEwen had been serving in the role on an interim basis after the prior office holder relocated and left the state.
“Beth stepped up until the annual meeting and did a wonderful job,” Snider said in a Friday morning phone interview. “At our meeting, Beth put her name in the hat and was elected to serve to end of the term.”
In her role as education director, McEwen will oversee the actions of the education committee, serve on the executive board and work to bring presenters to statewide meetings so that municipal clerks in Alaska can remain certified, Snider said.
McEwen has worked for CBJ for 24 years. She’s served as the CBJ Municipal Clerk since 2018 and was the deputy clerk before that. She holds the Master Municipal Clerk designation from the International Institute of Municipal Clerks.
According to it’s website, the master municipal clerk program “is an advanced continuing education program that prepares participants to perform complex municipal duties. The program has an extensive and rigorous educational component and a professional contribution component.”
“We value Beth as a clerk. She’s one of the more seasoned clerks and she’s always been involved and been a leader in our group and we are thrilled to bring her on to the executive board,” Snider said.
According to it’s website, the Alaska Association of Municipal Clerks, is a “professional organization of borough, city, and village clerks from across the state, dedicated to the continued growth and development of the municipal clerk profession.”
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