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Rural Hall Clerk takes statewide honor 

by Jessica Wells, NCLM Communications Specialist

 Rural Hall Town Clerk and North Carolina Association of Municipal Clerks Second Vice President Dora Moore earned the organization's 2014 Clerk of the Year award in August. Photo credit: Jessica Wells
The North Carolina Association of Municipal Clerks recognized Dora Moore for 21 years of support to Rural Hall with the Clerk of the Year Award at the Associations annual conference in August.

Moore was surprised with the award and said the experience was surreal.

“It was like ‘Is this really happening?’” Moore said. “I’m really honored. It just blows me away.”

Rural Hall Town Manager Frank James hired Moore in 1993 out of college as a secretary to the manager, mayor and council, and said even then it was apparent how fortunate the town was to have her. Since then, she’s been promoted twice: once in 2000 to deputy clerk then in 2010 she was appointed to her current position of town clerk.

 “The title of town clerk doesn’t adequately describe all that Dora does,” James wrote in his recommendation letter. “Not only do I value her input – I rely upon it. She serves as my right hand, and I am thankful to have her on our team.”

In addition to her regular clerk duties, Moore is the office supervisor, community watch coordinator, website administrator, grant and code enforcement manager and committee member for Rural Hall’s 40th anniversary events. Moore also took several classes to earn the state and national Master Municipal Clerk designations.

“She never hesitates to step up when needed – often without being asked,” James said.

It was Moore’s willingness to help that sparked her involvement in the Clerks’ Association after joining in 2000 for the training opportunities.

“You want to want to give back, so you ask yourself, ‘How can I be involved with helping?’” she said.

She talked with the officers and was placed on the planning and education committee. Since then, she’s served as that committee’s chair twice and as the association’s district 9 representative.

Right after receiving her Clerk of the Year Award, she was sworn in as this year’s second vice president.

“Dora has been and continues to be a role model for new clerks and a breath of fresh air for us old timers,” Association Past President and Kernersville Town Clerk Dale Martin said.

Moore grew up in King, NC, which is 5 miles from Rural Hall. In her spare time, she’s a youth minister at a local church where she mentors teens through retreats, fundraisers and various activities. Moore is married and has two children that keep her busy with soccer, basketball, track, Boy Scouts, and honor societies.

“I don’t know how she does it,” James said. “But she does!”