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Clinton Township clerk, deputy clerk receive top designation

By: Nick Mordowanec | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published June 23, 2020

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The two highest officials in the Clinton Township Clerk’s Office are now certified with the Master Municipal Clerk designation.

As the highest designation able to be accomplished by clerks worldwide, it is awarded to those who complete training related to myriad municipal duties.

Township Clerk Kim Meltzer and Deputy Clerk Kim Irvine both successfully completed the training and received designations. Meltzer was designated in May and Irvine in April 2019.

“It’s very uncommon, or very limited, in terms of how many clerks even have this designation,” Meltzer said. “So, for Clinton Township to have two is a really great benefit.”

Meltzer, who served as a state representative from 2007 to 2011 before being voted in as clerk in 2012, called the designation a “professional goal” that symbolizes an investment of time in the profession toward understanding laws and how they can be modified.

It also exemplifies a desire for government efficiency, transparency and properly utilizing taxpayer dollars, she added.

“It shows an investment in our community because by having this status and designation, it shows Clinton Township we are invested in it by being the best clerks,” she said.

Irvine said her desire to be certified started years ago.

“It is a long process with advanced education and professional contribution requirements, so it is a great feeling of accomplishment,” Irvine said. “There are not many clerks in Michigan with the international Master Municipal Clerk designation. Once Kim Meltzer was awarded the certification, our Clerk’s Office was one — if not the only Clerk’s Office in Michigan — to have both the clerk and deputy clerk certified as masters in our profession.

“I’m excited that we both are master municipal clerks and can utilize the knowledge we’ve gained from the process to continue to provide the residents with the professionalism and superior service they deserve.”

Meltzer said her previous history in state government helped prepare her to represent a municipality with over 100,000 people. She said that even though she is a Board of Trustees member, she is not just a public figure and has to know what she’s doing behind the scenes.

“Being able to have served on ethics and elections … it was very beneficial preparing me for the clerk industry,” Meltzer said. “And it is not an easy industry; it takes a lot of work.”

One of the bigger developments in recent years has been absentee voting, which Meltzer projects will account for huge numbers this November.

“Now, we’re going to have two to 2 1/2 times that amount,” she said.