Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm
Reporter – News Analyst
April 8, 2021
Fernandina Beach City Clerk Caroline Best accepted a Proclamation declaring the week of May 2-8, 2021 Municipal Clerks Week from City Mayor Mike Lednovich at the April 6, 2021 Fernandina Beach City Commission Regular Meeting.
The Proclamation contained background information on the origin of the position of municipal clerk, the earliest known public servant. Prior to Biblical times they were referred to as “Reminders” or “Remembrancers” because, before writing came into use, the Clerk’s memory served as the public record.
Municipal Clerks govern the multi-faceted functions of local government administration and services which are prescribed and defined by Charter, Statute, Code of Ordinance, and Commission directives. Due to the complexity of the position, the Clerk must perform hundreds of various tasks in any given day.
Because the Clerk is the community historian, for the entire recorded history of the City and its public servants. For this reason, Clerks remain unequivocally neutral in government affairs, conduct themselves with integrity, have unmatched professional acumen, and without fail, provide equitable service to all.
Following his reading of the Proclamation, the Mayor added, “I can’t tell you the high caliber and excellence that Caroline brings to her office. Caroline strives for excellence every single minute and hour of the day. I can’t thank her and her staff enough for their service to this city.”