Regional Master Municipal Clerks Academy


Multiple Locations, NC  
Friday, April 01, 2022 - Friday, April 22, 2022   iCalendar Eastern Standard Time

March 4, 2022

Dear Clerks of North Carolina:

The University of North Carolina School of Government, in cooperation with the North Carolina League of Municipalities (NCLM) and the North Carolina Association of Municipal Clerks (NCAMC), is pleased to announce the schedule for this year’s Regional Master Municipal Clerks Academies.  The academies will take place on the dates and in the localities listed below.

  • April 1 – Hendersonville
  • April 8 – Red Oak  - Meeting location in Nashville
  • April 22 – Virtual (Register here)

Registration will begin at each academy location at 8:30 a.m. Each academy will run until 4:00 p.m. and include the following sessions: 

·         Professional Writing and Research Skills for Clerks
·         Things I Wish I Had Known
·         Collaboration, Teamwork, and How to Improve Manager/Clerk Relationships
·         Board Procedures and Remote Meetings

In the first session, Professional Writing and Research Skills for Clerk will be led by UNC School of Government (SOG), Rebecca Badgett.  Clerks will review everything from emails, agendas, minutes, proclamations, and resolutions, clerks are responsible for drafting a variety of documents, some of which require basic legal research skill to complete. This interactive session will cover different research techniques, explore business-writing best practices, and offer tips and tricks for editing documents. Clerks who attend this session will be required to complete a pre-writing assignment and participate in a research challenge during the session. 

The second session will include a panel of experienced retired/former clerks that will enlighten participants in areas of organization, handling fast pace and demanding responsibilities, managing conflict and competing priorities, and in general what all clerks need to know from their personal experience.  This session will be led by retired clerks such as, Joyce Walker, Sherry Scoggins, Jeanne Giblin, Tammy Hatley, and Heather James (not all panelist will participate in all three schools and are subject to change).

The third session will include a panel of City/Town Managers to help clerks navigate the optimal working relationship between a manager and clerk. This session will be led by (participation depends on location) Amie Owens, Selena Coffey, John Connet, Ron Moore, Randy Lansing, James E. Alston, David Parrish, Hank Perkins, Jamie Justice, Rodney Dickerson and Tracy Shearing (panelist participation is subject to change).

The last session of the day will focus on the notice requirements of G.S. 166A-19.24 to guide clerks in understanding and applying the requirements, as well as the impact of the end of the state of emergency on remote meetings.  This session will be led by UNC/SOG Kristina Wilson.

The Regional Master Municipal Clerks Academies are approved programs for individuals working towards the Master Municipal Clerk (MMC) or Certified Municipal Clerk (CMC) designations awarded by the International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC). The School of Government is the IIMC’s designated provider of education programs for clerks in North Carolina.  Participants can earn 2.5 points from the IIMC for attending all sessions at any of the upcoming Regional Master Municipal Clerks Academies and completing a short post-academy assessment.  The academies are also approved sources of continuing education hours for the North Carolina Certified Municipal Clerk (NCCMC) program, which is offered by the NCAMC in cooperation with the School of Government.  Clerks who attend all sessions at one of the academies can earn 5.5 credit hours in accordance with the NCCMC program’s guidelines.  No partial credit will be awarded.

The School of Government, the NCLM, and the NCAMC seek to promote professionalism among municipal clerks and to provide them with a variety of affordable and conveniently located educational opportunities.  The registration fee for one of this year’s Regional Master Municipal Clerks Academies is $75 for NCAMC members and $95 for non-members.  We hope the low cost will assist you in reaching your educational goals.  Our aim is to bring you a great day of education that makes good use of your time and your municipality’s resources.

If you experience any difficulty registering through the website, please contact events@nclm.org  If you have any questions about the academy sessions, please contact Kristina Wilson at (919) 843- 8930.  If you need to cancel your registration, please contact events@nclm.org.  A full refund of paid registration, will be isued to registrants who notify in writing by the meeting location registration deadline.  We must give guarantees, and they will charge us even if you cancel; therefore, no refunds can be made after the meeting location registration deadline dates.  

We look forward to seeing you at one of the Regional Master Municipal Clerks Academies!

Sincerely,                                                           

Kristina Wilson
Assistant Professor of Public Law and Government
IIMC Institute Director for North Carolina
UNC School of Government
 

Lisa Stites, MMC
NCAMC President
 

Additional Information

Regional Master Municipal Clerks Academies
 

Hendersonville - Class Date: Friday, April 1, 2022 | Registration Deadline, Friday, March 25
Hosting Clerk - Angela Reece, City Clerk 
areece@hvlnc.gov | http://www.hendersonvillenc.gov | Agenda
Meeting Location:

City Operations Center
305 Williams Street
Hendersonville, NC

Hendersonville Block of Rooms:

  • A block of 10 rooms has been reserved at the mountain Inn & suites at the government rate of $79 and $99 per night (depending on which dates you select).  The address is 775 Upward Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731.  Rooms will be held until March 10th and then released.  You may reserve your room in advance but are subject to any cancellation fees.  The Inn's number is (828) 692-7772.  The block is reserved under "Regional Clerks Academy".
  • A second block of rooms has been reserved at the Fairfield Inn & Suites Flat Rock at the government rate of $99 per nights.
  • The address is 836 Upward Road, Flat Rock, NC.  Rooms will be held until Marth 17th and then released.  You may reserve your room in advance but are subject to any cancellation fees.  the Inn's number is (828) 513-5100.  The block is reserved under "Regional Clerks Academy".
  • Anyone planning to stay overnight on Thursday, or any area clerks who wish to attend may meet as a group for dinner at Shine.  We will meet at City Hall at 5pm and walk to the venue - weather permitting (3 blocks of gorgeous downtown shops).  You may drive and park or meet at the location if you prefer.  check out their menu and website https://shinehvl.com/
  • A fun activity is being planned for Thursday night after dinner.  Hendersonville is home to Timber Axe Throwing.  The axe is one of the oldest tools developed by humans; since the Neolithic age, it has been a symbol of battle and work.  We have been working and battling everything over the last two years so its time to axe it and begin anew (literally).  Check out their website:  https://www.timberaxethrowing.com/
  • Registration will be required to hold our spot at the axe throwing and for dinner.  I will need to make reservations at both places so please email me not later than March 14th if you would like to attend one or both events so I can get a head count and provide additional information on parking cost etc.

Red Oak - Class Date: Friday, April 8, 2022 | Registration Deadline, Friday, April 1
Hosting Clerk - Tracy Shearin, Town Administrator, Clerk 
redoak@embarqmail.com - (252) 443-1239 | Agenda
Meeting Location:

County Ag Center in Nashville
1006 Eastern Avenue
Nashville, NC 27856

Red Oak Block of Rooms:

  • A block of Tiny House rooms have been reserved at the Government rate of $92 per night at River & Twine - 24 E Elm Street, Rocky Mount, NC 27804 - the hotel Promo code: Clerk2022 and meeting location are only a few miles apart directly off of HWY 64 - Maps are available upon registration
  • Anyone staying overnight on Thursday night will be able to meet as a group for dinner at Tap 1918 a restaurant located in the historic Mill House on the Rocky Mount Brew Mill campus - the Mill Village is within walking distance of the Tiny House Hotels - I have a great team working to put an exciting event together for attendees.  I look foward to hosting you and sharing a part of Nash County with you while you are here.                                   

Virtual - Class Date: Friday, April 22, 2022 | Registration Deadline, Tuesday, April 19
Click to register for Virtual!         

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NC

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