FAIRMONT, N.C. (WBTW) Most days, Jenny Larson may be too busy to notice the bright yellow sign her co-workers placed on her door, calling her the “queen” of town clerks in the state of North Carolina.
Turns out, they're right.
“It's just amazing,” said Larson, who just celebrated 15 years of working for the town of Fairmont. “I love my town, I love my job. It's nice to be recognized for that.”
As a long time member of the N.C. Association of Municipal Clerks, Larson was part of a committee a few years ago that decided it would name the state's best clerk each year. Three recipients in, it's Larson. She accepted the award last Saturday.
“It's a good feeling,” she said.
Mayor Charles Kemp said both he and town manager Linda Vause submitted entries on behalf of Larson for the committee's consideration of her for the award.
“Everybody loves Jenny,” said Mayor Kemp. “She always has a smile on her face.”
“A clerk wears many hats,” explains Larson. In addition to her primary role–keeping the minutes of every monthly town council meeting–Larson is responsible for all document retention at town hall, and in these leaner economic times, she's picked up duties in accounting, zoning, and the finance office. She even runs the town's web site and Facebook page.
“I've never asked her for anything, technologically, that she has not been able to produce instantaneously,” said Kemp. “She's a brilliant lady.”
Larson said many people ask her if she has aspirations to run for public office one day. Despite her degree in political science from University of North Carolina, she said she'd rather be in a supporting role.
“I never envisioned myself being in a leadership position,” she said. “I'm a team player.”
Kemp described Larson's attitude and relationships with the people she works with–and for–as “wonderful, harmonious,” and “from-the-heart.”
“She's the sweetest and the most down-to-earth person I think I've ever known in my 36 years of government work,” he said.