Scotland County Clerk Ann Kurtzman named Lumber River COG’s Regional Clerk of the Year

Scotland County Clerk Ann Kurtzman is Lumber River Council of Government’s Regional Clerk of the Year. The COG held its Annual Meeting on October 16, 2014 at the Southeastern Regional Agricultural Center in Lumberton. One of the awards presented at the meeting was the Annie Kohnen Award, Regional Clerk of the Year. Named in honor of Annie Kohnen, long time Scotland County Clerk, this award was established in 1999 and honors those clerks demonstrating the true spirit of public service exemplified by “Miss Annie”. The award is given in recognition of the relentless work performed by clerks in each municipality and county.

Ms. Kurtzman, this year’s Region N Clerk of the Year, believes county government exists to serve the people. She understands the difficulties faced by administrative and elected officials and serves as a sounding board for both.

In every jurisdiction clerks take on different roles. But in each, they are the official custodian of record for board action. This role is one of the greatest tools in providing transparency in government to the citizenry. This year’s winner not only serves as a very accurate record keeper, but also as a champion of open government. As Public Information Officer, Ms. Kurtzman works to ensure the records of public actions are maintained and distributed to citizens. She has been instrumental in the design of the County’s new website, striving for more public interaction. She serves as the webmaster and the primary contact for training and trouble shooting. She publishes the minutes of each meeting as well as the agenda package. Ms. Kurtzman was also the driving force in moving commissioners to an electronic agenda, generating savings that have paid for their devices in less than two years. As an integral member of the Scotland County Management Team, Ms. Kurtzman serves as chairman of the County’s Aging Advisory Board and the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.

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