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Vincent Town Council members Bridgette Jordan-Smith and Mary Lee Reynolds earned the Advanced Certified Municipal Officer designation from the Alabama League of Municipalities. (Contributed)

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Council members earn certification

Published 10:57am Thursday, August 16, 2012

FROM STAFF REPORTS

VINCENT – Vincent Town Council members Mary Lee Reynolds and Bridgette Jordan-Smith have earned the professional designation of Advanced Certified Municipal Official.

In order to achieve this high honor, a municipal official must first complete 40 credit hours of training conducted or endorsed by the Alabama League of Municipalities to receive the designation of Certified Municipal Official. The individual must then complete an additional 40 hours of training to receive an advanced certification.

Reynolds and Jordan-Smith are members of the 14th graduating class of Advanced Certified Municipal Officials and were recognized for their accomplishments during graduation ceremonies held in Montgomery on Aug. 9, 2012.

According to Jordan-Smith, the two Town Council members were the first to receive the designation for the town of Vincent.

Because of their attendance at statewide and regional educational conferences, Reynolds and Jordan-Smith received formal classroom training in subjects such as council meeting procedures, parliamentary procedure, the Open Meetings Act, public records, ordinance drafting, conflicts of interest, the State Ethics Law, duties of the mayor and council, tort liability, the competitive bid law, zoning and planning, annexation, municipal regulatory powers, municipal revenues and expenditures, personnel actions and leadership development.

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    ‘Because of their attendance at statewide and regional educational conferences, Reynolds and Jordan-Smith received formal classroom training in subjects such as council meeting procedures, parliamentary procedure, the Open Meetings Act, public records, ordinance drafting, conflicts of interest, the State Ethics Law, duties of the mayor and council, tort liability, the competitive bid law, zoning and planning, annexation, municipal regulatory powers, municipal revenues and expenditures, personnel actions and leadership development.’

    Too bad, these two council members did not receive this training before they voted to give the Town of Vincent away to White Rock Quarry. Maybe this training would have helped them to make a more just decision, while keeping in mind that the majority of Vincent citizens did not and do not want the quarry in our town.

    Perhaps they somehow think that this training will ensure their re-election as council members on August 28. I hope they take disappointment well. It’s time to move on with new council members and a mayor who will actually listen to the people of this town and not just to “big money”.

    By the way, who paid for this training?

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