For Immediate Release: June 20, 2011
CONTACT: Casey Fields
Town of Fort Mill Councilmember Graduates from Municipal Elected Officials Institute of Government
Councilmember Ronald Helms from the Town of Fort Mill graduated from the Municipal Elected Officials Institute of Government on June 17. Graduates received their certificates during the Municipal Association of South Carolina’s 71st Annual Meeting.
Established in 1986, the Institute is a program of the Municipal Association of South Carolina that gives municipal officials a strong foundation in the operation of local government. Participants learn about the role of elected officials and administrative staff and the relationships municipal officials have with other local governments, the state and federal government. The Institute includes two daylong sessions and three evening satellite broadcasts.
“One of the strengths of local government is that elected officials come from all backgrounds and walks of life,” said Miriam Hair, executive director of the Municipal Association. “This Institute gives elected officials with diverse personal and professional experience a strong background in the details of running a local government.”
Highlights of topics covered during the sessions include the Freedom of Information Act, team building, budgeting, planning and zoning, human resources and economic development.
The Municipal Association plans and presents the Institute in cooperation with the University of South Carolina’s Institute of Public Service and Policy Research and Clemson University’s Strom Thurmond Institute.
The Institute draws its faculty from recognized local government leaders in South Carolina and other states, state officials, faculty and staff of the state’s colleges and universities, and other guest lecturers.
The Municipal Association of South Carolina is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit Association of incorporated cities and towns dedicated to raising the standards of municipal government through a broad range of services.