The Sherman City Council took time Monday to recognize two people — an employee and an appointee — for their dedication to their jobs.


Municipal Court Clerk Janis Fletcher was honored for recently obtaining a Level 3 Municipal Court Clerk Certificate and Civil Service Commission Chairman Jim Lough was lauded for his past 12 years of service on that board.


Fletcher was recognized first as Texas Court Clerks Association President Lisa Howard was on hand to present Sherman’s municipal court clerk with a plaque for her accomplishment.


“We’re here tonight to announce that out of approximately 3,000 court clerks in the state of Texas, Janis is one of 74 certified municipal court clerks in the entire state,” Fletcher told the council. “And she is working for you and the citizens of Sherman. To qualify for the title of certified municipal court clerk, it’s a pretty rigorous course of study.”


Fletcher thanked Sherman’s Director of Finance Mary Lawrence for her support and standing by her through the process. Mayor David Plyler and various council members expressed support and gratitude for Fletcher’s accomplishment.


“I wanted to make a brief comment regarding Janis Fletcher and how proud I am of her obtaining this Level 3 Municipal Court Clerk Certificate because she did it while working full time and not only full time in her own job but working another full time job of helping support women of this county who have breast cancer,” council member Pam Howeth said at the end of the meeting. “She is there 24/7 to back up the women in this county through Women Rock, which is, of course, a wonderful organization. She just really is an asset to this community in so many different ways.”


Council member Terrence Steele then read a proclamation being presented to Lough, who served on the Civil Service Commission from June 7, 2005 to June 7 of this year. The commission oversees and interprets rules and regulations of the State Civil Service Law for the city’s police and fire departments.


“Mr. Lough has been an asset to the Civil Service Commission through his concern for the police officers, firefighters and the city and through his rational and prudent decisions,” Steele said. “I would like to thank you for your service to the city of Sherman and to its citizens.”


For the last eight of his 12 years of service, Lough has served as the commission’s chairman. The commission has three members appointed by the city manager and approved by the council.