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CBJ Municipal Clerk Beth McEwen recognized as 2023 Alaska Clerk of the Year

December 26th, 2023|Comments Off on CBJ Municipal Clerk Beth McEwen recognized as 2023 Alaska Clerk of the Year

Photo of Beth McEwen holding AAMC Clerk of the Year award

The City & Borough of Juneau is proud to announce that CBJ Municipal Clerk Beth McEwen is the Alaska Association of Municipal Clerks’ 2023 Clerk of the Year. The award was announced at the annual AAMC banquet on December 5, 2023.

The award cited McEwen’s “dedication to the municipality, her willingness to dive deep to find answers and determination to keep the wheels of government turning.”

The citation went on to acknowledge McEwen’s extensive knowledge of government and local issues, including the ability to stay deeply informed on a wide variety of topics before the Assembly and the voters and a granular knowledge of meeting procedure. McEwen was also recognized for her dedication to local elections and her personal commitment to ensuring that every CBJ voter has access to voting.

The AAMC Clerk of the Year award, established in 2000, recognizes an outstanding clerk for their commitment and contributions to the profession, to the improvement of municipal government in Alaska and in their home community, and to the quality of life in the community in which they serve.

McEwen was appointed Municipal Clerk in 2018 and has been part of the City Clerk’s Office for 23 years. She celebrated 25 years of service with CBJ in February 2023.

McEwen is the AAMC’s education director and holds the Master Municipal Clerk designation from the International Institute of Municipal Clerks.

General Information

The Municipal Clerk’s Office serves as Liaison with the CBJ Assembly, staff and the public and is the Election Official for the municipality. The Municipal Clerk is responsible for:

  • administrating local elections, serving as a voter registration office for the State of Alaska; and reviewing compliance with Alaska Public Offices Commission requirements.
  • providing notification of all official activities and meetings of the Assembly and its various committees in compliance with the Open Meetings Act.
  • administrating the activity of the Assembly, the Assembly Standing Committees and the Assembly appointed advisory boards and committees.
  • administrating appeals to the Assembly regarding decisions of the Planning Commission and other quasi-judicial boards.
  • responding to requests for information from the public, CBJ staff, other municipalities, state officials, and both state and federal legislative offices.
  • coordinating and maintaining office tracking system for correspondence and follow-up action.
  • maintaining a comprehensive record system of all CBJ permanent and historic records; maintaining custody of the City and Borough seal; and attesting to CBJ documents such as minutes, legislation, plats, and Notices of Decisions, and ensuring compliance with the Open Records Act.
  • assisting in the preparation of the Assembly budget, reviewing expenditures and assisting the Mayor’s Executive Assistant with administration of approved budget.
  • assisting in planning and attending special events on behalf of the CBJ.
  • administering liquor and gaming license review.