Legislative Staff Achievement Awards - ASLCS


Call for Nominations

Do you know a colleague who deserves recognition for outstanding work? Please let us know! ASLCS is accepting nominations for the 2021 Legislative Staff Achievement Award, created by the NCSL Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee in 1997. The Legislative Staff Achievement Award is presented annually by each of the nine NCSL Professional Staff Associations to honor those among their members who have supported the legislative process, improved the effectiveness of the legislative institution, and contributed to the work of their staff association. Each staff association may nominate up to two people, teams or legislative offices from its membership.

NCSL will announce the recipients of the 2021 Legislative Staff Achievement Awards this summer. ASLCS honorees will be recognized at both the NCSL “Salute to Legislative Staff” event during NCSL Base Camp 2021 (Aug. 3-5) and at the next ASLCS Luncheon and Business Meeting.  

All members of ASLCS are eligible and nominations may be submitted by either the nominee or by other members. The ASLCS selection committee will review the nominations and select the winner(s), who will be notified in late May. Please submit the nomination form to Holly South by Friday, May 7.

2020 Recipients

Susan W. Kannarr
Chief Clerk of the House

Chief Clerk Susan Kannarr is an innovator who balances her enthusiasm for new ideas with her commitment to maintaining the integrity of the legislative institution. Her adoption of new, useful trends and efficiencies has been helpful to her chamber to aid in the accuracy and efficacy of the legislative process, without compromising the process. This is of particular importance as she is the only full-time employee of the Kansas House. 

When Susan joined ASLCS, she dived right in, willingly and enthusiastically serving on various committees and chairing several. She served in the ASCLS leadership for several years in such positions as Elected Principal, Secretary-Treasurer and ASLCS President. She currently serves on the 2020 Mason’s Manual Commission. As an attorney and Chief Clerk, her expertise, experience and enthusiasm are invaluable to both her chamber and to ASLCS, which is proud to honor Susan Kannarr with the 2020 Legislative Staff Achievement Award for her professionalism, dedication to the legislative institution, and numerous contributions to the Society.

Bernadette C. McNulty
Chief Assistant Secretary of the Senate

A dedicated, non-partisan public servant, Bernadette “Bernie” McNulty has spent her entire career ensuring that the Senate lives up to the words proudly displayed in our chamber: “Senaturis Est Civitatis Libertateum Tueri” – It is the Duty of the Senate to Protect the Liberty of the People. She is committed to mentorship and is constantly encouraging the staff to grow and stretch themselves professionally. Over the years she has assisted hundreds of legislators and staff in better understanding the legislative process and parliamentary procedure. Everyone knows Bernie and relies on her advice.

Bernie’s knowledge and creativity have again been evident as the State of California faced the current COVID-19 pandemic. Never one to shy away from a challenge, she immediately began writing rules and procedures that would enable the Senate to continue its essential work, even while the Capitol was closed. Her expertise, ingenuity and can-do spirit are crucial elements helping to lead us successfully through this difficult time. 

A longtime member of ASLCS, she has held leadership posts including Associate Vice-President and currently serves as chair of the Professional Journal Committee and vice chair of the 2020 Mason’s Manual Commission.

2019 Recipients

Brad Hendrickson
Secretary of the Senate

Erin Gillitzer 
Senate Records and Journal Clerk

Ted Blazel
Senate Sergeant at Arms

2018 Recipients

Yolanda J. Dixon
First Assistant Secretary of the Senate

Susan Furlong
Chief Clerk of the Assembly

2017 Recipients

Maryann Horch
Senior Systems Analyst of the Senate

Steven T. James
Clerk of the House

2016 Recipients

Janice A. Gadd
Legislative Printing Supervisor/Journal Clerk of the House

Sandra D. Tenney
Chief Clerk of the House

2015 Recipients

Norma Chastain
Assistant Chief Clerk of the House

Marilyn Eddins
Chief Clerk of the House

2014 Recipients

Nathan A. Hatfield
Assistant Clerk of the Senate

Karen Wadsworth
Chief Clerk of the House
New Hampshire

2013 Recipients

Judith M. Barrows
Senior Systems Support Coordinator of the House

Terry L. Spieler
Secretary of the Senate

2012 Recipients

Stephen R. Arias
Chief Clerk of the House
New Mexico

Ramona J. Kenady Line
Chief Clerk of the House

2011 Recipients

Ann Cornwell
Director/Secretary of the Senate

Bruce F. Jamerson
Clerk of the House of Delegates

2010 Recipients

McDowell Lee
Secretary of the Senate

Patsy Spaw
Secretary of the Senate