At the October 2, 2015 Board of Commissioners meeting, County Clerk Lynn Barber was presented with a certificate from the University of Georgia – Carl Vinson Institute of Government.  Ms. Barber successfully completed 60 hours of coursework and instruction and fulfilled the project requirements for the Georgia Clerks Education Institute – Clerks Masters Education Management Development Program.  In 1980, the International Institute of Municipal Clerks implemented the Academy for Advanced Education.  The purpose is to acknowledge, promote, and guide advanced training and continued professional growth.  In support of this effort, an advanced education program was instituted in Georgia in 1982.  The program provides an opportunity for certified city and county clerks to continue supervisory and management development and professional growth.  Now named the Masters Education Management Development Program, the program was planned by the certification committee, has been updated in collaboration with Vinson Institute faculty and is offered in conjunction with the fall/winter education conferences.

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Pictured (L-R): Commissioner Fred Ward, Oconee County Executive Assistant/Deputy Clerk and Georgia County Clerks Association Treasurer Kathy Hayes, Commissioner Alan Foster, Carl Vinson Institute of Government Public Service Assistant Dan Roach, Putnam County Clerk Lynn Barber, Commissioner Billy Webster, Oconee County Clerk and Georgia County Clerks Association President Jane Greathouse, Chairman Stephen Hersey.  Not pictured, but also present was Carl Vinson Institute of Government Associate Director Stacy Jones.