Mary Ann Hess wins Prestigious 2020 Quill Award

The International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC), a nonprofit Organization with more than 15,000 members worldwide, selected former IIMC Board of Director, Mary Ann Hess, MMC, City Clerk/Finance Director, Laurel, MS, as its 2020 Quill Award recipient. The Award was scheduled to be presented during the now cancelled Institute’s 74th Annual Conference in St. Louis, MO, on May 18. Hess is the first IIMC member from Mississippi to win the Quill.

Initiated at the 1987 IIMC Annual Conference in Fort Worth, TX, the Award recognizes members who have made significant and exemplary contributions to their community, state or province and IIMC. More importantly, the individual must support the goals and philosophies in IIMC’s Code of Ethics. The criteria include length of service, strength and extent of IIMC participation, service in teaching fellow Municipal Clerks, involvement with the IIMC training Institute or programs or other activities that enhance the professionalism of IIMC members.

Since February 2000, Hess has been the City Clerk/Finance Director for the City of Laurel (pop. 18,300). Her main job duties include preparing and administering a $50 million budget for the City, conducting the City’s elections, supervising a staff of professionals – purchasing, accounts receivable, accounts payable, inventory, grants and privilege licenses.

Hess has worked in city government for nearly 25 years and was the first Laurel employee to obtain IIMC’s Master Municipal Clerk designation. Prior to becoming the City Clerk/Finance Director, Hess served as the City Clerk/Finance Director in Greenville, MS for five years. Her other job experience includes working as a Management Consultant for the State of Tennessee in Nashville.

She is a graduate of the University of Mississippi where she received her Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration. She is also a Past State President of the Mississippi Municipal Clerks and Collectors Association, Mississippi City/County Management Association and the Mississippi Association of Parliamentarians. She also served two years on the IIMC Legislative Committee. Hess served as IIMC’s Region IV director from 2014 to 2017, representing Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas.

Founded in 1947, IIMC is a nonprofit association with more than 15,000 members throughout North America and 15 other countries, representing municipalities with populations of 1,000 to more than 8 million.  IIMC prepares its membership to meet the challenges of the diverse role of the Municipal Clerk by providing services and continuing educational development opportunities in 45 permanent college-and university-based learning centers. IIMC offers Municipal Clerks a Certified Municipal Clerk Program (CMC), a Master Municipal Clerk Academy (MMC) Program and other opportunities to benefit members and the government entities they serve. A 26-member Board of Directors governs IIMC.