2021 Clerk of the Year Recipient
Bonnie Wilkins, CMC
City of Des Moines City Clerk & Communications Director
Bonnie has been in her position for 9 years, has received her CMC and is working towards her MMC; has attended numerous WMCA Annual Conferences; and has been very active in several WMCA Committees, including Newsletter, Conference Planning, Awards, Scholarship, and Membership.
In addition to performing all of the normal functions of a clerk, Bonnie is also the editor of a magazine the is distributed to all households in the jurisdiction; provides website and communications management, and monitors and responds to social media – often working outside of regular work hours.
Bonnie is either involved in or volunteers for more than 10 community events, serves as a Police Foundation Board Member, served as project manager for her City Hall’s improvement project; served as Board Member President for Dollars for Scholars, which raises funds for recreational scholarships, and is a former founding board member of the Knight’s Car Club, an organization created to address liability concerns related to the Annual Wooden Boat and Car Show.
Congratulations Bonnie and thank you for your commitment to both WMCA and your community!
2021 - Bonnie Wilkins, Des Moines
2020 - Alice Attwood, Tonasket
2019 - Deborah Estrada, Mercer Island
2018 - Christy O'Flaherty, Tukwila
2017 - Diana Quinn. Algona
2016 - Mari Ripp, Woodland
2015 - Dee Roberts, South Bend
2014 - Carol Etgen, Fife
2013 - Alice Bush, Lakewood
2012 - Ali Spietz, Mercer Island
2011 - Margo Tackett, Westport
2010 - Pam Kolacy, Port Townsend
2009 - Cheryl Proffitt-Schmidt, North Bend
2008 - Virginia Olsen, Mountlake Terrace
2007 - Terri Pfister, Spokane
2006 - Cindy Aldous, Marcus
2005 - Sharon Mattioli, Shoreline
2004 - Doris Sorum, Tacoma
2003 - Agnes Bennick, Yelm
2002 - Kelly Hennessey, Mill Creek
2001 - Roland Signett, Ferndale
2000 - Pam Olsen, Brewster
1999 - Diane Underwood, Cashmere
1998 - Linda Ruehle, Issaquah
1997 - Linda Alvar, Lynnwood
1996 - Margery Price, Kennewick
1995 - Mable Knowles, Waterville
1994 - Doris Schaible, Redmond
1993 - Marie O’Connell, Bellevue
1992 - Robin Wohlheuter, Auburn
1991 - Marie Jensen, Kent
1990 - Beverly Garvey,Prosser
The criteria for the Clerk of the Year nomination include:
The nominee must have made significant contributions or performed outstanding service to WMCA, to the profession of municipal clerk, and to his/her individual municipality in the following areas:
Nominations should be submitted in a confidential manner and in collaboration with the nominee’s elected officials, appointed officials, supervisor, or colleagues by including letter(s) of support.
The only WMCA members not eligible to be considered for nomination are those holding the office of President, President-Elect, Vice President and Past President. Don’t let this opportunity to recognize one of your peers pass you by!
The WMCA President selects the Clerk of the Year. The person who nominated the Clerk of the Year will be notified to determine how the recipients jurisdiction, as well as family/guest(s), will be provided the necessary information should they wish to attend the annual banquet.
A call for nominations occurs near the end of the calendar year and are typically due in February. Nominations are not currently open.