10/08/13 City of Plymouth Clerk-Treasurer Toni L. Hutchings received the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns’ Financial Management Award at the organization’s annual conference and exhibition in Indianapolis on Monday.
The Financial Management Award is given to a finance officer or administrator who has made outstanding achievements in fiscal management, financial recording and leadership in public service. Hutchings, who has served as the city’s clerk-treasurer for nearly 18 years, was praised for her financial leadership. During her time in office, Plymouth has experienced remarkable financial stability and growth. Hutchings has contributed to that stability in many ways, including: implementing electronic innovations to boost efficiency such as a biometric time clock system assuring accurate reporting of employee hours worked; identifying funding for ongoing energy savings and sustainability initiatives completed or underway at all city facilities ; and helping to grow the city’s rainy day reserve fund to a balance of approximately $7 million.
Throughout her tenure, Hutchings has demonstrated a commitment to furthering her professional education, attaining the credentials of Indiana Accredited Municipal Clerk, Certified Municipal Clerk, and Certified Public Finance Administrator. Beyond her work at the city, Hutchings has also given much to the community through her involvement with the United Way, other boards and local organizations.
In its 37th year, the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns (IACT) Annual Awards program recognizes communities and individuals in municipal government for excellence and achievements. Established in 1891, IACT is a not -for-profit organization, which represents the interests of municipalities before state lawmakers, and provides education and information to its more than 460 city and town members. The annual conference and exhibition gathered hundreds of local government leaders from around the state to learn from each other, catch up on the latest developments in laws and programs affecting cities and towns, and to celebrate their accomplishments.
Plymouth Mayor Mark Senter said, “Despite uncertainty and gridlock at other levels of government, local government is getting things done. Due in no small part to Toni Hutchings’ leadership, Plymouth has its financial house in order and great things are happening in the city.”
Photo: Nelson Chipman, Sam Schlosser, Mike Miley, Mark Senter, Toni Hutching, John Oliver, Mike Delp, Sean Surrisi, Daniel Tyree and Duane Culp at the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns.