Hivnor designated as certified municipal clerk

Cary Ashby • Oct 5, 2019 at 8:00 PM

Lisa Hivnor dedicated nearly 2 1/2 years of training and education to becoming a certified municipal clerk.

Hivnor, the executive administrative assistant for the city of Norwalk, has earned that designation through the International Institute of Municipal Clerks Inc. (IIMC). She said some of the most important things she learned involved public records, public speaking, parliamentary procedures and social media records.

“The program is designed to enhance my job performance for my municipality. It prepares us to meet the challenges of the complex role of municipal clerk by providing us with quality education,” added Hivnor, who has been the city’s executive administrative assistant since 2015.

Mayor Rob Duncan honored her Tuesday during the city council work session and presented her with an IIMC plaque for her accomplishment.

“We are very proud of Lisa,” Duncan said. “She has had to put in a lot of hours of training. … We appreciate Lisa and all she does for the city.”

Noting that IIMC grants the designation of certified municipal clerk (CMC) only to those people “who complete demanding educational requirements,” and who have made significant contributions to their local government, the mayor also said he “takes immense pride in Lisa’s educational accomplishments” and such a milestone achievement. 

Norwalk Law Director Stuart O’Hara was asked why it’s important for Hivnor to be a certified municipal clerk.

“It demonstrates she has properly trained in the duties and is knowledgeable in procedures. The public and city officials can rely on the information provided by the certified clerk,” he said.

Hivnor has been a member of the Ohio Municipal Clerks Association for five years. The 1993 Norwalk High School graduate was the council clerk starting in 2004, before being hired as the city’s executive administrative assistant — a combination noticed by executive members of the international institute.

“I am honored to endorse the conferring of CMC to Ms. Hivnor. We share your pride in this achievement and we applaud your support of the role Lisa plays in your city,” said IIMC President Stephanie Carouthers Kelly in a statement addressed to the city of Norwalk.

Hivnor has been a member of the Ohio Municipal Clerks Association for five years. 

“Right now I’m studying to be a certified parliamentarian,” said Hivnor, who is becoming familiar with Sunshine laws and Robert’s Rules of Order.

Different municipalities host the various IIMC training sessions.

“You earn points — job experience and education points,” Hivnor said. “They have to go through a credited university and ours is Kent State.”

The IIMC, founded in 1947, has about 14,000 members throughout the United States, Canada and 15 other countries.

Hivnor said she believes her achievement shows she believes in the power of ongoing education.

“Anything that benefits me benefits the city,” she added.