MEREDITH — Meredith Town Clerk, Kerri Ann Parker, recently completed her second year of studies at the New England Municipal Clerks' Institute at Plymouth State University. This three year program is an intermediate level course with continuing interactive classes on the skills of professional administration, management, decision-making, written communication, public speaking, parliamentary procedure, interpersonal communication and law.
The New England Municipal Clerks Institute assists clerks in developing and maintaining the high level of administrative expertise needed for the successful operation of increasingly complex municipal governments. Completion of the three-year Institute program entitles graduates to apply for the International Institute of Municipal Clerks' coveted Certified Municipal Clerk (CMC) designation.
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.
The program began under the Rhode Island Department of Community Affairs. Through the dedication of the department 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 now offers three Institute classes and several advanced Academy classes. Over 500 cities and towns have sent Clerks to the New England Municipal Clerks' Institute and Academy over its thirty-nine year history.