The OMCA would like to congratulate Joan Kemper, Clerk of Council for Bay Village, Ohio on being named the 2022 Clerk of the Year.
At an early age, Joan learned the importance of local government from her mother, who was a bookkeeper with the City of Parma. Developing a passion for local government and realizing the positive impacts it has on people’s daily lives, she followed in her mother’s footsteps at age 24, when she began her own public service career as a Police Dispatcher for the City of Brooklyn. Shortly thereafter, she accepted the position of Mayor’s Secretary, and she served in many other capacities before retiring from Brooklyn in 1998 with 33 ½ years of service. In her “retirement,” she sought part-time work and was hired by the City of Bay Village in 1999 as a Receptionist and Utility Billing Clerk. Thereafter, she served as Civil Service Commission Secretary; and she resumed full-time work in 2001, when she was appointed as Clerk of Council and Secretary to Boards and Commissions. To date, she has served the public for 57 years.
Joan has been an active member of OMCA since she assumed her role as Clerk of Council in 2001. She regularly attends the OMCA Annual Institute and participates in other OMCA learning opportunities, as well. She frequently responds to queries from her fellow clerks. She is very knowledgeable and is always willing to lend a hand or an ear to her fellow clerks. She loves the fellowship and help from fellow Clerks and is always anxious to continue learning in an effort to improve her professional and personal skills.
In 2021, Joan received her Certified Municipal Clerk Certification from the International Institute of Municipal Clerks. In her own words, she encourages each Clerk “to work towards his or her certification. The things you learn along the way are so helpful in your career. This municipal work is wonderful work. It is a pleasure and honor to serve my fellow citizens, and a privilege to be able to learn from each other.”
Joan is also an active member of the Northeast Ohio Municipal Clerks’ Association, where she has served as past President; she is an active member of the International Institute of Municipal Clerks and received IIMC’s Certificate of Recognition last year for her many years of service; she is a Lifetime Honorary Member and Past President of the Cuyahoga County Mayors’ Secretaries Association; and she also serves as a Notary Public.
Joan is active in her community and credits her stamina to her strong faith, healthy diet, and desire to help others. She is a devoted member of St. Raphael Parish in Bay Village. On the weekends, she is a water yoga/water aerobics instructor for University Hospital, and she especially enjoys sharing these activities with older folks to help them stay healthy. She loves her family and is a proud mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Overall, Joan is a truly incredible woman, and her dedication and endurance in both her work life and personal life is an inspiration to us all. Her character is truly genuine and kind, and she embodies what a municipal clerk represents, the heart of the City.
Congratulations Joan on being bestowed with this prestigious honor!