2023 Clerk of the Year Recipient
Debbie Jermann, MMC
Clerk of the Board for the C-TRAN
On March 16th, during the Annual Banquet at the Skamania Lodge, now Immediate Past President Shawn Campbell presented the 2023 Clerk of the Year award to…. Debbie Jermann, MMC!!! Deb is the Clerk of the Board for C-Tran. As most everyone knows, Deb served on the WMCA Board in many roles but most notably as our COVID-19 President. Deb has over 30 years of public service in Oregon and Washington.
Debbie was nominated by C-Tran Executive Officer Shawn Donaghy and C-Tran Deputy Clerk of the Board/Labor Relations Administrator Morgan Stubbe and Deborah Estrada, MMC. They wrote, “The relationships with Debbie’s respective staff have made partnerships between our office and our elected teams the closest that it has been in the history of our agency. Likewise, within her role as the Clerk, she continues to excel at working for both our Board directly, but also the staff associated with our elected officials. A prime example of this is our I-5 Interstate Bridge Replacement Project, a multi-billion-dollar mega-project between two states requiring the agency to be front and center. Debbie’s network has allowed C-Tran to not only be at the forefront of this project but has kept us in full communication with all the stakeholders.”
Additionally, “Debbie’s work in the realm of Public Records and Records Management has propelled C-Tran into the modern day. Digitizing all of C-Tran’s records has streamlined records processes as well as reduced storage for certain documents on-site. This has also created an expediency for Public Records Requests to the agency. Partnerships with local media as well as agencies that request critical data are now able to be fulfilled at a much more consistent and faster pace than in years past,” stated her nominees.
With over 30 years of public service Debbie’s depth of knowledge is unrivaled. If you have a question, problem, or just need a good laugh, she has always been the go-to Clerk!
Debbie has served on several WMCA committees throughout her career — most notably the Fundraising Committee where she has consistently and enthusiastically committed herself to raising thousands for WMCA scholarships. Debbie regularly invents non-traditional ways to create new and exciting auction items. Whether choosing to bring several items for auction, outbidding (and overbidding) zealous peers, negotiating on behalf of WMCA. She is a FUNdraising Champion!
Debbie has been an outstanding member of WMCA helping any other agencies that would benefit from her advice and understanding of the profession. She continues to study and improve her craft daily, looking for opportunities to share current ideas or improve the status-quo. In addition to WMCA she also helps local agencies, as well as the Washington State Transit Association, the American Public Transportation Association, the Bus Coalition and many other critical organizations.
Debbie is an exceptional leader, mentor, friend, and clerk that has earned the respect of her peers, mentees, and the entire WMCA membership.
Congratulations, Deb, and Thank you for your selfless service to WMCA and the Clerk World in general! You truly are an amazing person!
2023 - Debbie Jermann, C-TRAN
2022 - Gina Anderson, Woodland
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
Applications due by Friday, February 2, 2024
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.