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City Secretary Lee Woodward has served the City of Huntsville since September 1, 2009, but her last day in the office at City Hall will be January 4, 2019. Woodward has been selected as the next City Secretary for the City of La Porte, Texas.
"It was a very hard decision," said Woodward of the move. "I was raised in Huntsville and then returned here in 2004. Working for the City as an organization and the city as a body of citizens has been a wonderful experience that has passed in the blink of an eye. The Council has been supportive of education and training and been respectful of the statutory duties of a municipal clerk."
Woodward has earned a number of accolades during her tenure: She is a Trustee for the Texas Municipal Clerks Association (TMCA) and an instructor at their annual Election Law Seminar, as well as for the annual Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) seminar on election law; a co-author of the tenth and eleventh editions of TMCA’s Texas Municipal Clerks Handbook and was a nominee for the TMCA Clerk of the Year in 2016; in Houston-area TMCA chapter, Woodward has served in the officer positions and was selected as the Chapter's 2017 Clerk of the Year; Woodward earned her Texas Registered Municipal Clerk designation in 2012, became a Certified Municipal Clerk through the International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC) in 2013, and received the IIMC Master Municipal Clerk certification in 2015; she is an IIMC Athenian Fellow and Athenian Dialogue Facilitator; Woodward has completed the Certified Public Manager (CPM) Program through the William P. Hobby Center, is a Professional Registered Parliamentarian with the National Association of Parliamentarians (NAP), has worked on and chaired several committees for the Texas State Association of Parliamentarians (TSAP), and is a member of the Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers (TAMIO); as a member of the Texas City Management Association (TCMA), Woodward serves as 2018 President for the Texas Women Leading Government's (TWLG) Gulf Coast Chapter and was nominated for the 2018 League of Women in Government's inaugural Leadership Trailblazer Award; she has been a presenter at the Texas Municipal League (TML) annual conference and for their annual Newly Elected Officials seminars; she has earned numerous scholarships and reimbursements for continued required training and development; Woodward is the current City of Huntsville representative on the Huntsville/Walker County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and is a member of the Huntsville chapter of the DAR; she is a proud Huntsville Hornet and fightin' Texas Aggie.
"I am so thankful for the Councilmembers, City staff, and community members I have known and worked with over the last nine and a half years," said Woodward. "No one could ask for more."
The City Council has approved contracting an interim city secretary while applications are accepted and reviewed for a permanent replacement. The job description and link to apply may be accessed at HuntsvilleTX.gov/Employment. Per the City Charter, the City Secretary is nominated by the Mayor and approved by the Council. The position is supervised by the full Council as one of four charter officer positions (others include the city manager, city attorney, and city judge). The primary duties include Council meetings and Council administrative support, elections (contracted with Walker County), records retention/records management, liquor licensing, public information requests, communications/media, board and commission management, and other duties as assigned. The city secretary serves as the City's public information officer, elections official, records management officer, parliamentarian to the Council, and as a part of the management staff and emergency management team. Applications are due by January 11, 2019.
For more information on the position, contact HR at SCuevas@HuntsvilleTX.gov.