City Clerk Hurtado honored with statewide award

Garden City Clerk Celyn Hurtado has been awarded the 2019 Mildred Vance City Clerk/Finance Officer of the Year award. Courtesy photo.

GARDEN CITY — Garden City’s City Clerk Celyn Hurtado recently received the 2019 Mildred Vance City Clerk/Finance Officer of the Year award for the State of Kansas during the Kansas City Clerks and Municipal Finance Officers Association (CCMFOA) conference held in Manhattan from March 13-15.

The Mildred Vance Clerk/Finance Officer of the Year award is presented each year to a City Clerk or Finance Officer who has made significant contributions to the State Association, the profession, and their city.

“Celyn delivers excellent customer service to our constituents and to our City Commissioners every day,” said City Manager Matt Allen. “This is the core value of our organization, and she models the behavior for the rest of us.”

Hurtado began her career in 2000 in municipal government by holding positions in Human Resources and the City Manager’s office before being named City Clerk in 2012.

Hurtado has been involved with multiple organizations during her time in municipal government. She is currently serving as a member on the CCMFOA Board of Directors and on the Education/ Program Planning committee but has served on various other committees in previous years.

In addition to CCMFOA, she served as an officer and President of the Administrative Assistants of Kansas and was awarded the 2016 Nancy Crain Municipal Administrative Professional of the Year Award.

Locally, Hurtado serves on the Finney County United Way Board of Directors. In 2013 the Finney County United Way awarded her the Dave Sweley Volunteer of the Year Award.