Local Government Training

photo of International Institute of Municipal Clerks' approved institute sealMunicipal Clerks Certificate Training Program

The office of Municipal Clerk, sometimes referred to by the title of City Secretary or Town Administrator, is at the very hub of local governance. Municipal clerks are the historians of their communities, responsible for the recorded history of each local political entity and its people. They serve the mayor, council, and city manager (if there is one) and on a daily basis provide the citizens with a direct link to their government. The development and enhancement of municipal clerks’ professional skills is therefore critically important to the effective and efficient functioning of local governmental processes.

In support of the key role that is played by the municipal clerk, the International Institute of Municipal Clerks recognizes 46 state, provincial, or regional education centers in the United States and Canada that provide programs of instruction that qualify individuals for the designation of Certified Municipal Clerk (CMC). The University of Delaware's Institute for Public Administration conducts an annual series of municipal clerks training sessions, which enrolls municipal and county staff from throughout the state of Delaware, and the tidewater region of Maryland. Participation in this training over a three-year cycle satisfies the educational requirements for the CMC designation.

2015 Program Information

The Municipal Clerks Certificate Training Program is a 40-hour program consisting of six Friday sessions on Feb. 27, March 6, 13, 20 & 27, and April 10, 2015. Each session lasts from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Course Topics

  • Introduction to Public Administration
  • Planning for Capital Improvement
  • Accounting and Budgeting for Municipalities
  • Introduction to Administrative Law
  • Election Administration
  • Environment Policy and Management
  • Presentation Skills
  • Personal and Group Behavior
  • Research Skills
  • Stress Management
  • Comprehensive Planning
  • Land Use & Development Administration
  • Public Personnel Management
  • Best Practices in e-Discovery
  • The Auditing Process for Municipalities
  • Crime Fighting in Municipalities
  • Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
  • Contracts and the Public Private Relationship
  • Asset Management


Kent County Levy Court Building, Room 221
555 Bay Road, Dover, DE 19901

Registration Fee

$475, which includes Graduation Luncheon and morning and afternoon snacks
Scholarships Information available

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For more information, contact Fran Fletcher (302-831-0450).