Archive for Thursday, January 11, 2001

DeSoto is fortunate to have qualified city clerk

Editorial

January 11, 2001

DeSoto City Clerk Lana McPherson was recently awarded the designation of Certified Municipal Clerk from the International Institute of Municipal Clerks.

The designation was not so much awarded as it was earned.

She earned the designation through completion of the IIMC-approved Municipal Clerks Institute Program.

Since taking the position of city clerk in 1998, McPherson has completed courses through Johnson County Community College and attended numerous seminars, all designed to make her better qualified to serve her community.

The city of DeSoto is lucky to have such a dedicated professional working on its behalf.

Anyone who's attended a DeSoto City Council meeting is likely to agree McPherson is a consummate professional. You could say she's simply doing the job she was hired to do. That may be true. What sets her apart from a majority of her peers, however, is what she does outside of city hall.

McPherson is one of the city's greatest ambassadors. Among other things, she's a member of the DeSoto Chamber of Commerce, Community Team, the Watermelon Festival Committee, the Johnson County Mental Health Agency and the Relay for Life committee program.

She's ever present at city functions. She often fills in for Mayor Steve Prudden, handing out keys to the city, when his schedule prevents him from attending ribbon cutting ceremonies for new DeSoto businesses.

As a DeSoto native, McPherson knows as much about the city as anyone and she's always willing to share that knowledge.

In a time when the city is facing some very important growth issues, it's increasingly important to have not only qualified elected officials, but qualified city employees as well.

The mayor and the council members may be the ones making the big decisions, but their success depends greatly on the people who work at city hall every day. It's nice to know the city is so well represented at that level.

We want to thank McPherson for all she has done and continues to do for the city and we hope her efforts have not gone unnoticed by the city's residents and elected officials.

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