Lakeway City Secretary Jo Ann Touchstone recently earned her first recertification by the Texas Municipal Clerks Certification Program.
Certification and recertification are neither easy nor automatic. Original certification required successful completion of approximately 200 hours of individual home study over a four-course curriculum, a comprehensive examination over each of the four courses, and attendance at eight two-day professional development seminars.
Recertification requires 72 hours of classroom instruction and a selection of additional education options which may include: college-level courses, certificate from the CPM, or facilitated book discussions with independent comprehension assessments.
“Municipal clerk recertification is a rigorous process, and we appreciate her commitment to her profession,” Lakeway City Manager Steve Jones said.
The Certification Program at the University of North Texas, the only university-level professional education program for city clerks and secretaries in Texas, is the third oldest of 33 such programs in the country.
The Texas Local Government Code mandates recertification every five years.
Touchstone was first certified in 2013 during her tenure as city secretary for Dripping Springs prior to coming to Lakeway in 2014. She has been a member of the Texas Municipal Clerks Association Inc. since 2007 and a member of the Capital Chapter of TMCA since 2008.
Her TMCA committee service includes the Resolutions Committee in 2018 and the Scholarship Committee for 2019.