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Zanea Carpenter

City of Muleshoe

The South Plains Chapter of the Texas Municipal Clerks Association has nominated Muleshoe City Secretary Zanea Carpenter for 2023 Texas Municipal Clerk of the Year.

Shallowater City Secretary Amanda Cummings said Carpenter serves the city of Muleshoe with great passion, poise, integrity and leadership, according to the news release.

“She has a deep-rooted love for her community, and this is so clearly evident in the service she provides,” Cummings said.

Carpenter, a native of Muleshoe, moved from the area after graduation, but continued to return to visit parents and grandparents and says that Muleshoe has always been home to her.

After graduating from Muleshoe High School, Carpenter received her associate’s degree from Clovis Community College. She started working for the city as utility billing clerk, served as deputy city secretary from 2008 to 2016 and has been city secretary from 2016 to the present – a total of almost 20 years.

“TMCA is made up of 17 chapters within the state of Texas,” Carpenter said. “Each chapter may submit one nominee. The winner is selected based on points for your service in the profession at the local and state level.”

 “Zanea has truly been one of the TMCA South Plains Chapter’s leaders with her contribution not only in our chapter, but through her representation at the state level by accepting the call to serve in any way she can with TMCA. I greatly admire her willingness to represent our chapter so well at the state level,” Cummings said.

“Municipal Clerk’s or City Secretary’s duties include City Council agendas and minutes; human resources; finance; elections; and records retention.” Carpenter said. “TMCA, Inc. provides a Texas Registered Municipal Clerk certification program that requires intense studies of the profession and, once completed and upon graduation, a clerk will receive TRMC certification. To maintain this certification, you must recertify every five years.”

Carpenter received her TRMC in January of 2008 and has recertified three times. Carpenter has also received her Certified Municipal Clerks (CMC) certification from the International Institute of Municipal Clerks.

Carpenter currently serves as president of the South Plains Chapter of TMCA and is a trustee on the TMCA, Inc. board.

“There are several smaller cities in our chapter that may not have the resources or staff to feel they can commit to serving at the state level, but Zanea’s eagerness to learn and grow is blazing a trail for myself and several of our newer chapter members,” Cummings said. “Several of the pillars of our chapter have retired, and Zanea is leading us into the future. Her examples of service and dedication are helping to grow new leaders, and that is what I believe TMCA is all about.”

“I received most of my education to become a Texas municipal clerk through the TMCA certification program,” Carpenter said. “TMCA helps municipal clerks all over the state of Texas.”

Gail M. Williams

Muleshoe Journal Correspondent

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