Council members earn certification

Published 10:57 am Thursday, August 16, 2012

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)


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.