The Wayne County Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominees considered invaluable team members for the 2019 Linda Murray Administrative Professional of the Year award

Those who possess skills and abilities that make them a leader in the office and go above and beyond the call of regular duties, are deserving of consideration for recognition, officials said.

The award winner will be announced during a luncheon ceremony on April 17.

The Wayne County Chamber decided in 2017 to name the award after Murray, an administrative assistant at the chamber since 2011. Then-board of directors chairman John Best made the inaugural announcement of the recognition, saying it was a fitting tribute to attach Murray’s name to it “for her professionalism and her ability to epitomize the gold standard.”

“I was just blown away,” she said Monday. “I was caught off guard. It was announced at a board meeting. It was quite an honor.

“It’s one thing to receive an award but to have an award named after you is impressive.”

The administrative professional of the year award first originated in 1952. Administrative Professionals Day is now observed in a number of countries around the world and is one of the most celebrated workplace holidays, especially among support staff. The annual award recognizes administrative staff for dedication, talent and leadership in office settings.  

The first recipient, in 2017, was Cindy Whitfield, assistant to the Wayne County manager for 30 years. In 2018, it was presented to Leasa Holmes, executive assistant to the president of Wayne Community College.

Nominations must be submitted in a sealed envelope, mailed or hand delivered to the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce at 308 N. William St., Goldsboro, N.C., 27530. They can also be emailed to Lara Landers at

All nominations must be postmarked or delivered by April 2. The contact person listed on the nomination form will be notified if their nominee is chosen by the selection committee.