Josephine Howard Stafford Memorial Award
The Josephine Howard Stafford Memorial Award was adopted to honor a current or former City of Tampa female employee who demonstrates outstanding commitment to her position and the community. The award is given in memory of Ms. Stafford who devoted 24 years to the City of Tampa as an Assistant City Attorney. She was also the first woman judge in Hillsborough County and was a pioneer for women's issues, both professionally and in the community.
This year's recipient is Mrs. Frances Henriquez. Frances Henriquez served as Tampa City Clerk from November 27, 1973 to September 30, 1993. She began her career in the City Clerk's Office in 1954 in a clerical position. She was later appointed Deputy City Clerk in 1962 by Mayor Julian Lane, and continued to serve in that position for 11 years. Frances Henriquez was elected to the Office of the City Clerk in 1973, serving as the first woman and first Hispanic to hold the position and served for five terms. During her thirty-nine years of service to the City of Tampa, she initiated a Records Management Program, later added the Archives Section, with the City of Tampa becoming the first city in Florida to create a municipal archives. Frances Henriquez was the last City Clerk elected to the office in a special election held in November 1973.
About Josephine Howard Stafford
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