Fairhope City Clerk Lisa Hanks was named Alabama Municipal Clerk of the Year by the Alabama Association of Municipal Clerks and Administrators (AAMCA), presented at the association’s recent annual summer conference at the Hampton Inn in downtown Fairhope.
“There are several things we look at when selecting someone for this honor,” Lynn Porter, AAMCA awards committee chair, said. “We consider the person’s municipal experience, what he or she has done for the promotion of our industry state wide and in our international organization, and the contribution the person makes to his or her community. We give equal weight to what any clerk does on the job, because whether Birmingham or a small town, we all have core responsibilities, but we give extra credit for what someone does beyond that—and Lisa does a lot.”
“My district includes Mobile, Washington, Escambia, and Baldwin counties,” Hanks said. “There are a lot of cities and many good clerks, so it was a real honor just to be nominated, and I was truly surprised and honored to win.”
Hanks has held every elected office in the AAMCA, working her way up to president, the office she currently holds.
“Initially, I decided to run for office, starting with treasurer, because I thought it would push me out of my comfort zone and encourage me to do more and be more comfortable in all my dealings with people, and it has done that; plus I’ve learned a lot about the state. Winning this award is the biggest accomplishment you can achieve as a municipal clerk in Alabama, and when your peers select you for something like this, it means a lot. Plus, I’m just so proud to represent Fairhope: I love this city.”
Among Hanks’ accomplishments, as noted by AAMCA: She has FEMA and NIMs certifications with additional Planning and Preparedness training through Baldwin County Emergency Management, and she has coordinated training for city employees. She is co-author of an article published in the Journal of Business and Psychology, and of a paper presented and published in the Social Issues, Women in Management and Ethics track at the annual meeting of the Southern Management Association.
She is a graduate of Leadership Baldwin County where she received the Stealth Award and was team leader for their project, serves on the Alabama Historical Records Advisory Committee and on numerous committees with the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce. She works with various organizations in Mobile and Baldwin Counties including the March of Dimes, Disabled Veterans, Ecumenical Ministries, Making Strides Breast Cancer of South Alabama, American Lung Association, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, United Cerebral Palsy, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, National Wildlife Federation, Audubon Society, and Toys for Tots.
“I’ve always enjoyed giving back to the community and helping people; it’s how I was raised,” Hanks said. “I just do the things I feel led to do.”
She is a member of Christ United Methodist Church where she has served as a Sunday School teacher and as a member of the church choir and orchestra. Additionally, she served as vice-president and president of the UMYF, as a Vacation Bible School teacher, and a volunteer in the church nursery.