The Municipal Association launched the first of a series of online training courses designed to provide municipal clerks with the knowledge necessary to perform their duties. The content of the courses is geared toward providing newly appointed clerks with an option to gain knowledge about the duties and responsibilities of their position. These courses are particularly useful for clerks who are unable to travel to training.
One course, “Role of the Municipal Clerk,” lays out how a municipal clerk is appointed in each form of government and the duties and responsibilities of the municipal clerk as outlined by state law. The other course, “Municipal Association as a Valuable Resource,” focuses on the Association’s services that are designed to assist the municipal clerk.
These free, on-demand courses provide basic general knowledge and information that municipal clerks need. To receive more in-depth training, all municipal clerks can participate in the Municipal Clerks and Treasurers Institute. MCTI is a series of six 2 ½-day sessions with two sessions available annually. The institute covers in detail, with practical examples, how to perform the municipal clerk’s duties using the most efficient and effective methods.
Clerks can now access these two free, on-demand courses through the Association’s website. With the on-demand option, members can access the courses 24/7.
Over the next few years, the Municipal Association plans to offer additional free, on-demand courses for municipal clerks. Upcoming topics include state and municipal law and council meeting administration.