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Greensboro Clerk Selected Best In State 

By Scott Mooneyham, NCLM Director of Public Affairs

Greensboro City Clerk Betsey Richardson was recently named 2016 Clerk of the Year by the N.C. Association of Municipal Clerks. Richardson was presented with the honor at the association’s annual summer conference and academy held in Asheville. As usual, the award was kept under wraps until it was announced, with Richardson only growing suspicious when seeing other Greensboro officials attending just before she was recognized.

Greensboro City Manager Jim Westmoreland and Mayor Nancy Vaughan nominated Richardson because of her efforts to introduce new
computer software systems to make the distribution of City Council documents and meeting agendas more efficient and paperless.

Richardson has worked for the City of Greensboro for over 21 years. She began her career there in 1994 as a real estate paralegal with the legal department. Richardson was promoted to legal services supervisor, a role whose duties included compiling the legal portion of Greensboro City Council agendas, as well as drafting resolutions and ordinances. It was that experience which
helped form the ideas that that led to the innovations cited in her award.

In 2008, she was named city clerk, but remained a certified as a paralegal. She received her IIMC Certified Municipal Clerk certification in 2011 and N.C. Certified Municipal Clerk certification in 2012.

Just days before Richardson was named Clerk of the Year, another North Carolina city clerk received a top honor. Longtime High Point City Clerk Lisa Vierling was presented the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, given to those with a proven record of service to the State of North Carolina or in recognition of special achievement. Rep. John Faircloth presented the award to Vierling during a High Point City Council meeting in early August.

Vierling has served as city clerk in High Point for 15 years and is a past-president of the N.C. Association of Municipal Clerks. She is currently a member of the International Institute of Municipal Clerks Board of Directors.