The Stutz Award annually recognizes individuals who have served 25 years or more with a state municipal league. The League applauds Norman, Craig and Helen for their contributions and dedication to the League and all California cities.
League Executive Director Chris McKenzie and League President Stephany Aguilar gave the three staff their awards. “It is an honor to present Norman Coppinger, Helen Marshall and Craig Matsumoto with the NLC Stutz Award. Working with these individuals and the rest of our dedicated staff is one of the highlights of my job. This staff lives and breathes city government and is dedicated to helping you serve your cities.”
Norman joined the League on June 27, 1988 as a staff assistant. Norman served city officials by staffing the League’s legislative hot-line the old fashion way, by telephone. In 1993, building upon his work with the League’s Employee Relations Policy Committee and Personnel Department, Norman became the League’s first personnel manager and currently holds the certification of Senior Professional in Human Resources.
During his 26 years with the League, he has been engaged in legislative and policy development, membership services and administrative responsibilities. In his current position as the director of administrative services, Norman oversees the League’s internal functions, including finance, human resources, internet technology and facilities. Prior to joining the League, Norman developed an interest in local government while attending the University of California, Davis where he obtained degrees in both political science and economics.
Helen joined the League on Oct. 2, 1989 and has served in various roles during her career with the League. She began in the legal department where she earned her paralegal assistant’s designation. In 2001, Helen transitioned to the League’s education and conferences department and has worn many hats. For many years she grew and managed an extremely successful and popular bookstore during the League’s Annual Conference and Expo, known as CityBooks. In 2012, Helen earned the prestigious Certified Meeting Planner designation. Helen is currently the lead meetings manager and works with hotels and convention centers to present flawless conferences for members.
Helen brings integrity, knowledge and dedication to her work in service to the League members. League staff also benefits from her considerable experience, expertise and helpful nature.
Craig joined the League on Jan. 25, 1988 as a membership services representative, assigned to the League’s mail room. Craig’s friendly and outgoing personality along with his superior work ethic have made Craig into the “go to” guy for a wide variety of staff support functions within the League. In addition to running the League’s mail room, Craig manages a full service print shop and serves as building maintenance manager for the League’s 36,000 square foot building. His dedication and commitment to the League’s overall mission was instrumental during the 2009 building renovation and LEED Gold award achievement for environmental sustainability.