City’s Deputy Clerk Honored with 2023 Deputy Clerk of the Year Award

June 21, 2023

City’s Deputy Clerk Honored with 2023 Deputy Clerk of the Year Award

The Deputy City Clerk for the City of Traverse City, Sarah Lutz, has been awarded the 2023 Deputy Clerk of the Year Award from the Michigan Association of Municipal Clerks (MAMC). The Deputy Clerk of the Year Award
is designed to honor one city, township or village clerk across the State of Michigan who demonstrates the professional and personal qualities representing the best of the profession. The award is presented to clerks that
demonstrate a record of contributing to the improvement of their community and the respect of community leaders, whom are active in county, state, and national associations, and have a greater than average performance
in their position.

Lutz began her municipal career with Grand Traverse County in 2011. She assumed the role of Chief Deputy Clerk in Grand Traverse County in 2013 and became the Deputy City Clerk for the City of Traverse City in June
2021. Lutz is an active member of MAMC, the International Institute of Municipal Clerks and serves in an officer role, as secretary for the Grand Traverse County Municipal Clerks Association.

"I am thrilled and honored to have received the Deputy Clerk of the Year Award. I believe strongly in servant leadership. People of all political stripes, backgrounds, and philosophies can count on me for impartial service and
help,” says Sarah Lutz, Deputy City Clerk.

In her tenure at the City, Lutz has held a responsible role involving all aspects of services provided by the City Clerk’s Office. Most recently, Ms. Lutz played an instrumental role in the reviewing and vetting of recreational
cannabis applications for the inaugural implementation City wide in 2023. Ms. Lutz is in a responsible management role, working in collaboration with, and close support for, the City Clerk who essentially serves as Chief Operating Officer for city government. In addition, the position serves as the Deputy Director of Elections for all aspects of the administration of federal, state, and local elections.

“Sarah is a steady, quiet, intelligent leader who brings a level of professionalism that is beyond reproach to her work in the City Clerk’s Office. Her devotion to public service is clearly part of her DNA and for that, this award
is very well deserved,” stated City Clerk, Benjamin Marentette.

The Michigan Association of Municipal Clerks mission is to promote, enhance, and encourage the professional development and standing of municipal clerks through cooperation, communication, education and training by
utilizing seminars, institutes and meetings to promote and encourage improvement of methods and procedures of duties performed by Clerks; and to address legislative matter relating to the Municipal Clerk’s responsibilities.