News Story
Posted by Transylvania County on April 28, 2021

Transylvania County’s Clerk to the Board Trisha Hogan was installed April 23, 2021 as President of the
North Carolina Association of County Clerks. She was elected at the Association’s Annual Conference
which was held virtually this year and was officially sworn in during a regular meeting of the Board of
Commissioners by Chairman Jason Chappell on April 26.
 
Hogan has served the Association as a member of its Board of Directors, rising through the ranks as
Treasurer, Secretary and Vice-President. January 2021 marked 14 years of service to the citizens of
Transylvania County as Clerk to the Board of County Commissioners. Since that time, she has earned her
Certified Municipal Clerk (CMC) status through the International Institute of Municipal Clerks. She has
also earned her North Carolina Certified County Clerk (NCCCC) designation.
 
“I am thankful for the trust and faith my peers have in me to lead the Association. I am excited to serve
as President and to represent Transylvania County. I vow to do my best to lead the Association and
continue the work by those who came before me,” Hogan said.

She said the position is a way to give back to the Association that helped her so much in the beginning
when starting as a clerk. Duties include presiding over business meetings the Association has during the
year, assigning members to committees and forming new ones as needed, and serving as the liaison
between the Clerks Association and the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners.

"We would like to congratulate Trisha on her election to the office of President of the NC Clerks
Association. With her election it is obvious that her peers have come to realize what a professional,
experienced, and dedicated public servant that she is. We are proud of her accomplishment and look
forward to her role in leading her association as well as highlighting Transylvania County," Jason
Chappell, Chairman of the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners said.

County clerks play a critical role in local government in North Carolina. State statute tasks clerks with
documenting how decisions in local government are made with responsibilities to document meeting
minutes and be a steward of public records. The historical record keeping and organization to the
political process that clerks provide is critical to local governance.

“The public doesn’t always understand how hard a county clerk’s job is or even all that they are
responsible for under state statute. Ms. Hogan takes on that responsibility for Transylvania County with a
work ethic and dedication to citizens that is the definition of being a public servant. She performs her job
with attention to detail and is always ready to help the elected officials, our staff or any citizen that needs
information. I cannot imagine our county government without her being the hub and I am so proud that
she is ours. The Association will benefit from her experience and leadership,” County Manager Jaime
Laughter said.

The Clerks Association actively promotes continuing education, professional development, certification
through university-based institutes, publications, and networking opportunities with clerks across the
state. The Clerk to the Board of County Commissioners is appointed and serves at the pleasure of the
Board. Work involves creating, coordinating, and maintaining permanent record of Board actions
including historical and current official records; assuring that legally required Board operational processes
and procedures are followed; preparing for Board meetings, gathering information for meeting agenda
packets; attending Board meetings, hearings, and workshops, and composing a full and accurate account
of all actions, which account is the only legal evidence of actions taken by the governing body.