City clerk lauded for earning state certification

Chris Berendt Staff Writer

September 5, 2013

City Clerk Elaine F. Hunt has been awarded the prestigious designation of “North Carolina Certified Municipal Clerk” from the N.C. Association of Municipal Clerks, along with the School of Government of UNC-Chapel Hill, for “achieving its high educational, experience and service requirements,” the NCAMC said in a recent announcement of Hunt’s accomplishment.

Hunt was formally recognized at the City Council meeting this week.

Hunt has been city clerk of Clinton since 2008, previously serving as deputy city clerk for 11 years. In addition to clerk duties, Hunt, who earned her bachelor’s degree from Mt. Olive College and her Masters in Education from Strayer University, also serves as the city safety coordinator.

She attained her designation as a N.C. Certified Municipal Clerk through the completion of the N.C. Association of Municipal Clerks Program conducted in cooperation with the School of Government of UNC-Chapel Hill.

“This is a very new program,” said interim city manager Shawn Purvis. “She is already a master municipal clerk.”

As an established member of the NCAMC, Hunt joined the 2013 class of municipal clerks from North Carolina who are receiving the state certified municipal clerk designation. The certification program was developed with the assistance of the UNC School of Government and is administered in cooperation with the school. Qualifications of applicants are reviewed and approved by the NCAMC State Certification Committee.

The NCAMC is a professional organization of city, town and village clerks from across the state. Established in 1975, the association promotes educational and professional development opportunities for municipal clerks to enhance their knowledge and effectiveness. The association partners with the N.C. League of Municipalities, the UNC School of Government and the International Institute of Municipal Clerks to meet the needs of each individual municipal clerk.

The N.C. Certified Municipal Clerk Program is a five-year designation with requirements for continuing education to sustain and develop knowledge as a municipal clerk. The NCAMC, together with the International Institute of Municipal Clerks, strives to promote educational and professional development to enhance the clerk, the organization said.

Purvis said Hunt’s designation as a Certified Municipal Clerk was not only deserving, but set her apart from clerks in most municipalities across the state.

“She is one of a handful (of clerks to receive the distinction),” said Purvis. “She was basically in the inaugural class of this, so so she was recognized for what she’s already achieved and what she’s certainly capable of. There’s less than 10 percent of clerks across the state who have the certification she has.”

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