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Alderman-at-large D.I. Smith awarded certification by the Mississippi Municipal League

D.I. Smith, of Ridgeland, has graduated from the Certified Municipal Official’s Basic program sponsored by the Mississippi Municipal League (MML). Under this program, local elected officials complete training and activities directly related to understanding and improving the management of local municipal issues.

Alderman-at-large Smith received the Basic CMO certification in which participants must accumulate a minimum of 60 hours of training presented by the Mississippi Municipal League. The program is designed to take about two years to complete.

Although the certification course is voluntary, receipt of the designation of Certified Municipal Official requires completion of four core courses: Municipal Organization, taught by the John C. Stennis Institute of Government, MSU; Municipal Law, taught by the Office of the Attorney General, Mississippi Ethics Commission, and the Office of the State Auditor; Municipal Finance, taught by Government Consultants and Municipal Land Use taught by the Orion Group.

MML Executive Director Shari T. Veazey stated, “The CMO program provides the participants training to help them become more effective leaders for their respective cities and the Mississippi Municipal League is proud to offer this opportunity.”

Established in 1931, the Mississippi Municipal League is a private association representing 293 municipalities in the state. The mission of the MML is to help cities and towns excel.