NORMAN — Cleveland County Election Board Secretary Jim Williams will be designated as a Certified Elections/Registration Administrator, the highest professional achievement, in ceremonies conducted by the Election Center at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Savannah, Ga., at 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 16.
“This is the highest designation available to elections and voter registration officials,” said R. Doug Lewis, director of the Center. “Of more than 21,000 elections and voter registration officials throughout America, this graduating class of 57 professionals takes us to 791 election officials who have achieved the CERA status. This is an outstanding accomplishment, and Jim is only the second person in Oklahoma to achieve this status."
CERA designation is achieved only through a multi-year course of study conducted by The Election Center’s Professional Education Program and completion of 12 core courses taught by the Master's in Public Administration faculty of Auburn University in Alabama. The program covers a range of topics including ethics, voter registration and elections law, planning, communications and voter participation. The intent of the program is to professionalize the management of voter registration and elections administration while promoting and preserving public trust in the democratic process.
“Cleveland County is indeed fortunate to have Jim Williams as one of the top designated professionals in America. Obtaining and maintaining CERA status means that he has committed to a career long process of continuing education to improve the electoral process in Oklahoma and the nation,” he said.
“I am very proud to achieve this certification,” Williams said. “This program emphasizes the ethical commitment we have to the democratic process and our role in protecting the public’s interest. It also teaches excellent management skills directly related to voter registration and elections.”
The Professional Education Program is sponsored by The Election Center, a non-profit association of voter registrars and elections administrators throughout America. The program was previously recognized as the top continuing education program in America by the National University Continuing Education Association.