A list of participants, alphabetical by community name, is at the end of this story.
___(Name)___, ___(Town)___, recently completed the initial courses as part of a curriculum at the Iowa Municipal Professionals Institute that leads to professional certification at either the state level or through the International Institute of Municipal Clerks. The five-day Municipal Professionals Institute was conducted by Iowa State University Extension Office of State and Local Government Programs during the week of July 14-18 in Ames.
Paul Coates, ISU Extension state and local government specialist who directs the program, said training topics covered a variety of issues facing city clerks. The session focused on an overview of the municipal financial system, ethics, administrative law, understanding legal terms, records management, open public meetings law, basics of public personnel system and written communication.
The program is sponsored by the ISU Extension Office of State and Local Government Programs in conjunction with the Iowa Municipal Finance Officers Association. Instructors include ISU faculty, ISU Extension staff, state officials, accounting experts and city clerks who have completed the Institute. The Iowa program is in its 33rd year and remains among the largest of 44 similar programs offered in other states and Canadian provinces.
Participants in these courses will have the opportunity to attend next July to continue completing courses toward certification.
Participants in the training included the following:
Anita: Linday Jahde, city clerk
Asbury: Doug Hummel, deputy city clerk
Brighton: Tonia Crossett
Dakota City: Angelique Berry, city clerk/treasurer
Dallas Center: Cindy Riesselman, city clerk
Fort Dodge: Michelle Hefley
Gilbert: Susan Gens, city clerk
Gilbertville: Brenda Volker, deputy city clerk
Humboldt: Sierra Skow, administrative assistant
Laurel: Lynne Gummert, city clerk
Lehigh: Wanda Ganeff, city clerk
Liscomb: Kristi Schiebel, city clerk
Malvern: Shari Mueller, city clerk
Massena: Heather Schwartz, city clerk
McCallsburg: Sonia Dodd
McGregor: Tom Meyer, city clerk
Mitchelville: Ruth Norton
Moville: Mishelle Even
New Sharon: Diane Brand, city clerk
Ocheyedan: Lynette Tracy, city clerk
Oelwein: Barb Rigdon, deputy city clerk
Paton: Mary Peninger
Pocahontas: Robert Donahoo, city administrator
Richland: Chris Thomann
Rolfe: Angela Schneider, city clerk
Sanborn: Becki Hurtig, city clerk
Scranton: Melinda Hinners, city clerk
St. Charles: Craig Wetzel, city clerk
Strawberry Point: Deanna Dement, city administrator/clerk, and Liz Jaster, deputy clerk
West Branch: Deb Fiderlein, city clerk
West Des Moines: Susan Mathews