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June is Safety Month

2022-06-01T18:00:22+00:00June 1st, 2022|#clerkslife, emergency preparedness|

The National Safety Council designates June as National Safety Month, where individuals, employers and governments can learn more about safety. Each week of June has its own theme. This year they're focusing on: 1. Musculoskeletal Disorders 2. Workplace Impairment 3. Injury Prevention 4. Slips, Trips and Falls While the National Safety Council focuses primarily on [...]

Are you ready for Municipal Clerks Week?

2022-04-01T17:54:37+00:00April 15th, 2022|#clerkslife, IIMC, municipal clerks|

Municipal Clerks Week is May 1-7, just a couple of short weeks away! Is your community ready to recognize and celebrate the work that your municipal clerk does? If you're unsure what that is, an article from International City/County Management Association (ICMA) lists five things to know about Municipal Clerks' responsibilities: Professionalism. Many states mandate [...]

Show the local gov love

2022-02-02T17:07:28+00:00February 2nd, 2022|#clerkslife, local government, social media|

Back in 2019, ICMA had a campaign to "spread the love" in local government offices with some Valentine's e-cards to show your colleagues and community how much you care. We thought it was worth bringing back. After the past couple of years, showing our colleagues that they're valued and appreciated is more important than ever. [...]

’tis the season…

2022-01-11T14:41:28+00:00January 12th, 2022|#clerkslife, goals|

Now that we're in the post-holiday lull, lots of people get the "winter blues." Cold weather and shorter daylight can put us in hibernation mode. If you're feeling something more severe, it could be a type of depression called Seasonal Affective Disorder. Don't let its acronym, SAD, make you think it's a minor problem. SAD [...]

January is National Mentoring Month

2021-12-30T19:43:04+00:00January 5th, 2022|#clerkslife, career advice|

There are lots of great reasons to become a mentor or mentee. Either way, you learn new things, expand your network, gain self-confidence, and gain new perspectives. The relationship is a great step in career development for both participants. IIMC has a mentorship program for municipal clerks. You can sign up to be either a [...]

November is National Novel Writing Month

2021-11-03T20:56:04+00:00November 3rd, 2021|#clerkslife|

November is National Novel Writing Month! Have you ever sat in a public meeting, or listened to residents' suggestions, or watched your pet's antics and thought, "I could write a book..."? November is your time. Each year, thousands of aspiring writers sign up to participate in National Novel Writing Month. The challenge is simple: write [...]

The ghosts of boards past

2021-10-19T16:20:15+00:00October 20th, 2021|#clerkslife, boards and commissions, historical records, OnBoard, Uncategorized|

  Are long-gone people and boards still haunting your spreadsheets? Those committee members retired over a year ago. That commission was disbanded. The exploratory task force completed its mission. And yet their presence lingers on in inaccurate and bloated lists. OnBoard's easy reports let you immediately see whose term is expiring, or which seats are [...]

Local government’s silver tsunami

2021-10-07T19:37:29+00:00October 7th, 2021|#clerkslife|

In the last year, it's seemed like there have been more retirements than usual among our local government friends. Turns out, it's not just us. Route Fifty reports on the findings of MissionSquare Research Institute, and the indications suggest a boom in retirements. The improvement in the economy since the recession of 2009, coupled with [...]

These are the most commonly misspelled search words

2021-09-22T15:44:23+00:00September 22nd, 2021|#clerkslife|

Now that most of us are back into the rhythm of the school year, check out this list of the most commonly misspelled search words in every state. AT&T researched the most commonly searched spellings (as in, "how to spell ______") and came up with this interesting report. Most municipal professionals are good spellers, but [...]

September is National Preparedness Month

2021-09-22T15:38:50+00:00September 1st, 2021|#clerkslife, agendas and minutes, boards and commissions, cities, city managers, ClerkBase, emergency preparedness|

2021 has already seen multiple emergencies for many localities. For local governments, the top priority is the health and safety of residents. They also need to protect municipal records. ClerkBase is here to help. ClerkBase's open government solutions keep agencies' minutes, agendas, video, supporting documentation, and board information safe and secure in any emergency, and [...]

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