South Burlington Deputy City Clerk Laura Kimball.

Kimball Wins Award and Recognition

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Thursday October 06, 2016

Citizens might want to stop by the city clerk’s office October 14 and give a thank you, a thumb’s up, or an appreciative nod to South Burlington Deputy Clerk Laura Kimball, for that is the day Kimball begins her 37th year serving the City of South Burlington. In addition, Kimball was recently recognized by the Vermont Municipal Clerks’ and Treasurers’ Association (VMCTA) as the 2016 Assistant Town Clerk of the Year. According to VMCTA, the award is given to a candidate “who displays characteristics of integrity and leadership and has received the respect and confidence of their peers.” South Burlington City Clerk Donna Kinville says that beyond Kimball’s dedication to service, “Laura brings a small town atmosphere into a large city.”

On winning the state recognition, Kimball remarked, “Donna Kinville wrote a very nice recommendation for this award which means a lot to me. I felt very honored to be recognized as an outstanding city employee after all these years. They have really gone by quite fast!”

Kimball began her work for South Burlington in 1980 as the assistant city clerk for former City Clerk Peg Picard. She says that technology has been the biggest change over the years, noting that all land records are now on the computer. She recalls, “When I started we had a notebook and wrote the deeds all in by hand.”

Life and work in the South Burlington Town Clerk’s office involves a myriad of responsibilities and deadlines, something Kimball says she enjoys. “I do something different every day and meet new people too. I like the variety from land records to taxes to voting to dog licenses,” explains Kimball, adding, “I also love the friendships I have made along the way. I have met many wonderful people.”

Kinville affirms Kimball’s gift to connect with others, saying, “One of Laura’s greatest strengths, as seen by her community, is her ability to remember the little things that happen in our citizen’s life. A citizen will visit the office and she can get into a conversation asking how their spouse is doing (remembering their name), remembers their children’s names and various bits of information about them.”

Kimball reports that the most challenging part of her career is keeping up with the everyday responsibilities during the city’s busy times, like tax and election seasons. Although those times of year can be stressful, Kimball maintains her positive attitude, saying, “I never know what every day will bring and I love the challenges that I face.”

Kimball, who hails from Jericho, has many passions to keep her busy. “I enjoy walking, Maine vacations, snowshoeing, reading, my friends, craft fairs, and fall in Vermont,” she says, adding that she also enjoys spending time with her son and his fiancée, and “of course my ‘grand-dog’ Ziggy.”

Meanwhile, Kimball will get on with the business of the day during her 37th year serving the City of South Burlington. And as another year travels by, Kimball will have the opportunity to once again experience one of her favorite memories, “When we have a birthday in the office, we always get flowers or balloons, lunch and a cake!” She adds with a laugh, “It makes getting older bearable!”