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.

The dates (all Fridays) for the 2014 Municipal Clerks Certificate Training Program are
September 12, 19, 26 and October 3, 10, 17.
Each session runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Registration cost for the 2014 series is $475, and the deadline for registration is September 8.

Register now

Topics for the fall 2014 agenda will be announced soon.

Past topics have included:

  • Community Broadband Resources
  • Comparative Clerkship
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Effective Leadership
  • Freedom of Information Act Compliance
  • Financial Management - Procurement
  • Media Relations
  • Personnel Management
  • Workplace Safety
  • Citizen Participation
  • Comparative Government
  • Comprehensive Planning
  • Election Administration
  • Hands-On Grant Writing
  • Land Use & Development Administration
  • Local Government Budgeting
  • The Municipal Clerk’s Profession
  • Organizational Communication
  • Personal Growth:  Myers Briggs Types
  • Risk Management
  • Emergency Management
  • Ethical Decision-Making
  • GIS Technology for Municipalities
  • Land Use–Law Compliance
  • Parliamentary Procedure
  • Records Management
  • Strategic Planning

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