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By SAM STOCKBRIDGE
Daily News Staff Writer
On Nov. 19, Ketchikan Gateway Borough Clerk Kacie Paxton received the 2019 Clerk of the Year Award from the Alaska Association of Municipal Clerks.
Paxton was named as the recipient at the 2019 annual AAMC conference banquet in Anchorage. She accepted the award alongside the borough's three latest mayors: Dave Kiffer, David Landis and Rodney Dial.
In a Tuesday phone interview with the Daily News, Paxton said she was "very humbled and blessed" to receive the award.
The award webpage said Paxton's "long record of service" and history of clerk mentorship qualified her for the award, in conjunction with her work to develop the AAMC's mentoring program in 2007. The page also notes that she served as the president of the AAMC from 2012 to 2013.
Though Paxton received the award this year, she was nominated in 2018, AAMC Communications Director Jamie Newman explained in an email Tuesday.
That year, Newman wrote, "history was made as two nominees tied for first place:" Paxton and then-Clerk of the Kodiak Island Borough Noah Javier.
Due to the tie, the Clerk of the Year Committee named Javier as the 2018 recipient and decided to name Paxton as the 2019 recipient, she added.
Harriett Edwards, the former Ketchikan Gateway Borough clerk who hired Paxton as deputy borough clerk in 2002, wrote a letter to the AAMC recognizing Paxton's passion for her work.
"Kacie was my deputy clerk for seven years and I thought so highly of her professionalism that when I retired I recommended to the Borough Assembly that they hire her as borough clerk," Edwards wrote. "Fortunately, for the borough, they listened to me."
Paxton worked to develop the AAMC's mentoring program in 2007 "after attending a few conferences and noting how lost many of the clerks from the smaller communities seemed when attending their first conference," Edwards wrote in her letter.
The program has created more than a dozen partnerships between municipal clerks since its creation, Paxton said in a Tuesday phone interview with the Daily News.
She herself partnered with other new municipal clerks through the program. In more recent years, she has mentored other clerks more informally, she said, helping via telephone and email.
Paxton's formal nomination was submitted by Laurie Sica, the former municipal clerk for the City and Borough of Juneau. In the nomination, Sica noted that Paxton has been successful in her role as education chair for the conference.
"Overseeing the quality of educational opportunities for Alaska clerks is no small task," Sica wrote in the nomination form. "Kacie has put her keen mind and remarkable work ethic towards organizing excellent programs each fall at the conference."
Also included with the nomination was a letter Sica wrote, in which she noted, "If Kacie finds something worth doing, she does it 100+++%."