Tanya Newell CMC

Mary Johnston, incoming president of the International Institute of Municipal Clerks, right, presents Mount Vernon Clerk of Council Tanya Newell with the designation of Certified Municipal Clerk. Newell received the honor at the Dec. 9, 2019, city council meeting.

MOUNT VERNON — When she received the designation of Certified Municipal Clerk at the Dec. 9 city council meeting, Tanya Newell joined an elite group.

“After a long journey of many hours of seminars, conferences, and institute sessions, she has reached this pinnacle of achievement that very few clerks are able to accomplish,” said Mary Johnston, incoming president of the International Institute of Municipal Clerks. “Out of 14,000-plus IIMC members, she is one of 4,788 members worldwide to obtain this certification. Here in Ohio, we have 108 CMCs.”

The primary goal of the IIMC is to actively promote the continuing education and professional development of municipal clerks through extensive educational programs, certification, publications, networking, annual conferences, and research. To earn the CMC designation, a clerk must extend extensive education programs and have pertinent experience in a municipality.

“The CMC certified municipal clerk designation is designed to enhance the job performance of the municipal clerk in both large and small municipalities,” said Johnston. “The program prepares the participant to meet the challenges of the complex role of the municipal clerk by providing quality education in partnership with 47 institutes of higher learning.”

“If it wasn't for Mayor [Richard] Mavis, I wouldn't be standing here,” said Newell. “He gave me the opportunity seven years ago. It's been a pleasure to be with all of you.”

“Tanya has been not only progressive but aggressive in learning the job and doing all of the things to upgrade,” said Mavis.

Newell was instrumental in moving council from using reams of paper for minutes, agendas, and legislation printouts to using iPads for paperless communications. She also took the lead in instituting the live streaming of council meetings when Spectrum discontinued broadcasting the meetings.

“So there's been many things that she's been involved in to make this office better. It's well deserved. Thank you for your effort,” said Mavis.

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