Both members of the City of Huntsville City Secretary’s Office reached a career milestone last week when they received their Texas Registered Municipal Clerk certifications.
City Secretary Lee Woodward and Deputy City Secretary Kristin Edwards have worked since September 2009 to receive their certifications, completing four college-level courses and exams and attending a total of nine seminars held in various Texas cities.
The Texas Municipal Clerks Certification Program is offered through a partnership between the Texas Municipal Clerks Association and the University of North Texas. Individuals are eligible to participate in the program if they are employed by a municipal government.
The program covers finance, public relations, elections, local government law and public administration and has been completed by just over 650 applicants.
“This program was an excellent tool in our training and will enable us to serve the public with a comprehensive knowledge base,” Woodward said. “We have benefitted immeasurably from the experience of working and studying with others in TMCA and anticipate continued learning opportunities in the years to come.”
Woodward said previous City Secretaries Ruth DeShaw, Danna Welter and Stephanie Brim, as well as previous Deputy City Secretary Staci McGinty, were also graduates of the program.
Mayor Mac Woodward said that the certifications Woodward and Edwards earned are a credit to the City.
“Earning these TRMC certifications was a real accomplishment, and our community is sure to benefit from the knowledge and skills Ms. Woodward and Ms. Edwards gained from this process,” he said. “The Texas Municipal Clerks Association is a very professional organization, and I feel like they will be a great best practices resource for our City Secretary’s Office.”
According to Dr. Joyce Snay, TMCCP Education Director, the Certification Program is recognized and endorsed by Section 22.074 of the Local Government Code, Vernon's Texas Codes Annotated. In 1984, the College Board selected the Texas Municipal Clerks Certification Program as one of sixty-four exemplary professional development programs in the United States.
Texas Registered Municipal Clerks are recognized for their achievements and contributions to effective, efficient local government by their mayors, city administrators, city councils, and the citizens of their communities.