Goertzen is KRWA?s ?City Clerk of the Year?

Anita Goertzen of Goessel has been named the Kansas Rural Water Association has ?City Clerk of the Year.?

The award was presented March 30 during the KRWA annual conference.

Goerzen was nominated for the honor by Goessel Mayor Peggy Jay and Public Works Director Karen Dalke.

?We nominated her because we of the job she does for the city and for us,? Jay said. ?She?s definitely an advocate for the city of Goessel.

?She wants to keep up with different training sessions and different programs out there, to promote Goessel and also to do the job that is entailed by the city clerk.?

Goertzen said she was ?very honored and surprised? to receive the award.

?I approeciate the support I get from the mayor and fellow coworkers,? she said. ?I enjoy the job and have learned a lot through the years about government.?

Goertzen began employment with the city nearly 20 years ago to help part-time with utility billing. In 1995, she was named city clerk and she has been in that position ever since.

As city clerk, Goertzen is responsible for monthly billings, monthly and yearly reports, and preparing budgets as well as being the city?s go-to person for about anything city residents might want.

?She has a real dedication for her job and the city,? according to a KRWA press release. ?Anita is always helpful to the public when the come in or when they call.?

Goertzen holds membership in City Clerks and Municipal Finance Officers Association of Kansas and has participated in the professional development training through the Kan?sas/Inter?national Institute of Municipal Clerks.

Goertzen became a certified municipal clerk and two years after she became a member of the Master Municipal Clerk Academy.

In addition to her routine duties, Goertzen is active in promoting both the city and county and has been recognized by each for her leadership abilities.

Recently, whe was active in forming a foundation to raise funds to help local non-profit groups within the city. She actively promotes the city with newspaper articles and as the administrator of the city?s Facebook page.

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