Selma Councilwoman Jannie Thomas earns designation as CMO Official

Published 8:11 am Sunday, November 14, 2021

Selma City Councilwoman Jannie Thomas was designated an Advanced Certified Municipal Official by the Alabama League of Municipalities last week.

Thomas earned the position by completing 40 credit hours of training that was conducted or endorsed by the ALM. She also completed 40 additional hours to reach the advanced status.

Thomas is a member of the 23rd graduating class of ACMO and honored at a ceremony on November 3.

The classroom training Thomas learned included: council meeting procedures,  parliamentary procedures, the Open Meetings Act, conflicts of interest, competitive bid law, ordinance drafting, public records, zoning, and municipal regulating powers.

Thomas, who’s served over five years as councilwoman, said she’s honored to receive the certification.

ALM Executive Director Greg Cochran said the  program, established in 1994, is to create a cycle of training for municipal officials.

“Alabama’s municipalities are the foundation of our state’s economy,” Cochran said. “Vibrant communities depend on knowledgeable, engaged leadership, which is exactly what the CMO program encourages through training on the finer points of  municipal government. Earnin the CMO designation further showcases the commitment of community leaders to better informed, more effective municipal officials.”