Joyce Walker Honored as N.C. Clerk of the Year
By Busta Brown
When I drove to the town of Lewisville to meet Joyce Walker, the young lady at the front desk had the biggest smile. She was excited because she knew I was about to meet one of the sweetest people in the world. She was still smiling as she gave me directions to the clerk’s office. I walked to the door and there she was, Joyce Walker, Lewisville Town Clerk. She invited me into her office and welcomed me with a big hug, “I love giving hugs, it’s who I am. We need more love in this world, especially today,” she said.
Joyce Walker has recently received the Clerk of the Year award by the North Carolina Association of Municipal Clerks at their 2018 annual summer conference. Walker’s job as clerk requires focus, honesty, trust from the city government, and the willingness to take on such a challenging job.
“I have legislative duties, one of which is to keep all the records of municipality. That’s the main and most important item,” she said. The municipality approves the Town of Lewisville’s budget for the year. “I also keep records of any annexations that we have, keep a record of all the roads that are within the town, any bidding business of the Town Council and managers, and make sure notices are posted in the newspapers. There’s so much more, it’s hard to enumerate,” she said.
This prestigious award is presented annually to the state’s outstanding clerk or deputy clerk. I mentioned to Mrs. Walker that there are a lot of cities in our great state of North Carolina. “Five hundred and forty to be exact,” she replied with a laugh.
Walker’s work history spans the fields of nursing, teaching, and 28 years with Bell Atlantic in Washington, D.C. Before retiring, Bell Atlantic offered her an opportunity to work in Puerto Rico. Walker said that her previous work experience prepared her well for the job as Lewisville town clerk, yet she was still surprised with the nomination as N.C. Clerk of the Year.
“My mayor and mayor pro tem came to the ceremony. Mayor Mike Horn and Mayor Pro Tem Sandra Mock comes to everything that anyone on staff does, so I thought it was no big deal, I was being sworn in as District 9 director, so they were there to wish me luck. It was a surprise to me. I was speechless and I’m never speechless,” Walker said.
“What I love most about my job is making sure things work out well for our citizens. When you work in this type of job, you have to be able to get your point over to people, you have to love people, and I tell people when you come to visit me, you get a hug.”
Busta Brown is a contributor to the Winston-Salem Chronicle where portions of this story first appeared. For more about Joyce Walker, view Busta’s interview with Joyce on the Winston-Chronicle’s YouTube channel. In the video you’ll see her husband of 55 years, Clint, and four generations of Walkers. Also you’ll find out which U.S. president and boxing superstar she met as a child and all of her interesting hobbies.