Francine L. Jarriel, City Clerk, City of Cobbtown, received her Georgia Certified Clerk certificate on Monday, September 12, 2022, at the Fall Clerks’ Conference, held at the UGA Continuing Education Center in Athens, Georgia.
She is thought to be the first City Clerk for the City of Cobbtown to complete this certification.
The Georgia Clerks Education Institute Certificate Program for city and county clerks is administered by the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government. The program is designed to establish minimum standards and professional goals for city and county clerks.
State law requires anyone holding the title of clerk or performing the duties of a municipal clerk or county clerk pursuant to the local charter, ordinance, or code shall attend and complete a course of training on matters pertaining to the performance of his or her official duties. Mandated training is offered at Georgia Clerks Education Institute programs, and the 15-hour mandated training course counts toward the 101 hours required for certification as a Georgia Certified Clerk.
In addition to the education requirement, a clerk must have served two years in a local government administrative position. City Clerk Jarriel has been with the City of Cobbtown for two and a half years.
“I’ve met a lot of wonderful and knowledgeable clerks and training specialists over the two and a half years. We (clerks) have so many people we can call on to assist us with our questions and concerns. I look forward to serving the City of Cobbtown for many years to come,” City Clerk Jarriel said.