Ellery Town Clerk Receives Certification

BEMUS POINT – A local town clerk has been awarded a certification based on her education, experience and participation.

Rebecca Haines, town of Ellery clerk, was recently awarded the registered municipal clerk certification by the New York State Town Clerks Association.

The certification program was created in 1997, in conjunction with the New York State Association of City and Village Clerks, to aid municipal clerks in improving job performance and recognize professionalism. Certifications are earned through a combination of education and leadership in professional and civic organizations, and must be renewed every five years.

Haines, who has been serving as town clerk since 1981, is also a current member of the Town Clerks Association. Previously, she held various positions in the organization, including president and vice president.

“(The association) is all about education,” Haines said. “Things are changing faster than ever.”

According to Haines, she has recently been learning about the Freedom of Information Law and Public Officer Law.

This is her third certification renewal.

“(The association) encourages clerks to begin working on their certifications – the emphasis is really on education,” Haines said.

The New York State Town Clerks Association, founded in 1982, is dedicated to promoting the professional development of town clerks across the state as administrative leaders.