Mayor Cornelius Huff, Municipal Association President, and Mayor Linda Gail Oliver.
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Mayor Linda Gail Oliver from the Town of West Union graduated from the Municipal
Elected Officials Institute of Government. Graduates received their
certificates during the Municipal Association of South Carolina’s Hometown
Legislative Action Day on February 4, 2020.
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 as well as administrative staff. Municipal officials
also learn about the relationships between local, state and federal levels of government.
The institute includes two daylong sessions and three morning sessions.
“For more than 30 years, the Association has encouraged
local elected officials to participate in the institute, whether they are newly
elected or have served for a while,” said Urica Floyd, staff associate for distance
learning of the Municipal Association. “This institute gives elected leaders
with diverse personal and professional backgrounds an understanding of how to
run a local government effectively.”
Officials participate in more than 25 hours of classroom
work in order to graduate from the institute. Highlights of topics covered
during the sessions include the SC Freedom of Information Act, ethics and
accountability, budgeting, planning and zoning, human resources and economic
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, as well as other guest
lecturers. The institute also offers credited, on-demand courses.
Created in 2014, the Advanced
Municipal Elected Officials Institute provides elected officials who
have graduated from the MEO Institute with an option for continuing education
through classroom instruction, interaction with experienced peers and case