Assistant Secretary of State Jim Drake honored for library support
Former House staffer named recipient of 2010 “Polly Award”
Ken Bennett, Secretary of State, and Douglas E. Kupel, president of Friends of Arizona Archives listen to Jim Drake as he receives his award at the State Capitol (Photo by Scott Cancelosi).
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PHOENIX – Assistant secretary of state and former legislative staffer Jim Drake has been named recipient of the 2010 Polly Rosenbaum Award. He garnered the honor Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010, during Statehood Day ceremonies at the State Capitol.
Drake worked for the Arizona House of Representatives for 15 regular sessions, and was the nonpartisan House Rules Attorney until March of 2009. At that time, he was appointed to his current post by Secretary of State Ken Bennett.
Drake received this year’s “Polly Award” for his longtime support of the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records.
“I consider it a great honor to be mentioned in the same breath as Representative Polly Rosenbaum,” Drake said. “In walking to work everyday through the Capitol Museum I am reminded of her tireless work on behalf of preservation.”
Rosenbaum served 46 years in the Arizona House of Representatives, where she was a fierce defender of libraries, museums and archives and an advocate for the preservation of the state’s rich cultural history. In 1999, the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records created the award in her honor.
Drake’s nomination for the “Polly Award” was put forth by the Arizona State Capitol Museum Guild and Friends of Arizona Archives, and was concurred with by the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records. He was especially lauded for his work in recent months to ease the transition as the Library and Archives division was folded into the Secretary of State’s Office.
“The success of what might have been a difficult changeover is due in large measure to Jim’s willingness to learn all he could about the agency,” said Douglas E. Kupel, president of Friends of Arizona Archives. “He has done an excellent job of incorporating the job of protecting Arizona’s heritage and providing access to information into the function of the Secretary of State’s office.”
State Librarian GladysAnn Wells, director of the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, thanked Drake for “his interest in our programs and his devotion to our services.”
Said Wells, “His constant assistance, attention and active participation in our work transformed what might have been a problematic shift from one branch of government to another into a positive and productive adventure.”