At the 61st Annual Conference on Vital Statistics in Austin on Dec. 9-11th, the Williamson County Clerk’s office was presented for the year 2015 the Five Star Vital Registration Award
by the Texas Department of Health, State Health Services Vital Statistics Unit. This award is presented annually for exemplary work in the area of Vital Registration. The criteria for qualifications of this award include timeliness of filing registrations entered into the state database by the clerk’s office, annual training at conferences, use of the Texas Electronic Registrar (TER) for all birth, death and marriage registrations, completing an assessment survey, and use State Dept. of Health required banknote paper. Three employees in the Vital Statistics area attended the conference, Shirley Merkord, Mandy Alexander, and Cynitha Tidwell. Mrs. Rister attributed the 2015 win to her staff who have strived to maintain the high standards. The annual three-day conference included topics on TER Birth Registration, Detecting Fraud, Local Registrar Statutes-Rider 72 Recommendations, Data Quality and System Integration, Marriage License Issuance for Dummies, TER Death Registration, Local Registrar Panel, Unusual Birth Scenarios, Passport Fraud, Paternity Certification and others.
The 2015 Five Star Vital Registration Award
Cynthia Tidwell, Nancy Rister, Mandy Alexander, and Shirley Merkord accept the 2015 award
Shirley Merkord receives her Master Registrar Certification at the 2006 Conference in Austin