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Townsend Town Clerk Susan A. Funaiole recently completed her third year of studies at the New England Municipal Clerks’ Institute at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. Year three is the final year of the Institute program, continuing its emphasis on public relations, parliamentary procedure, decision-making, personal development, management, computers, public speaking and professionalism.

Year three culminates in a banquet and graduation ceremony at which these clerks, who successfully completed the three-year Institute program, receive their certificates. Completion of the three-year Institute program entitles graduates to apply for the International Institute of Municipal Clerks’ coveted Certified Municipal Clerk designation.

The New England Municipal Clerks Institute is a three-year program that assists clerks in developing and maintaining the high level of administrative expertise needed for the successful operation of increasingly complex municipal governments.

NEMCI&A is the only program of its kind in the country, run exclusively by and for city and town clerks and their office staff. The Board of Directors consists of two representatives from each of the six New England states and meets year-round with faculty and University personnel to develop the best possible week of intellectual stimulation, personal growth and challenges for attendees.

Begun under the direction of the Rhode Island Department of Community Affairs and the guidance of the New England Association of City and Town Clerks, NEMCI&A has grown from one class with 32 students to the point where it offers three Institute classes and several advanced Academy classes. More than 500 cities and towns have sent clerks to the New England Municipal Clerks’ Institute and Academy over its 37-year history.

The Academy is a continuing-education program designed for clerks who have completed their Institute training or have already attained their CMC certification. Academy courses are more in-depth and intensive, fostering the development of high-level administrative and executive-level management skills.

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