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[NOV. 7, 2006]  SPRINGFIELD -- Melanie Riggs, city clerk for Lincoln, was one of more than 55 participants at the Municipal Clerks of Illinois Institute the week of Oct. 8-13 at the Springfield Hilton. This was her third year at the institute, and she graduated into the academy at ceremonies during the annual banquet.

The institute, approved by the International Institute of Municipal Clerks, is one component of a municipal clerk's certification process. A total of 100 hours of course work is required, including work in public administration, social and interpersonal skills, and technical skills relevant to a clerk's duties. Participation allows clerks to upgrade their skills and increase their effectiveness.

The keynote speaker at the annual banquet was Charles Tokar, city clerk for Chicago Ridge, who is president-elect for the International Institute of Clerks.

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The institute was presented through the combined efforts of the Institute of Government and Public Affairs and the Office of Continuing Education at the University of Illinois. This year's program provided opportunities to learn more about fundamentals of supervision, ethics and ethical issues, understanding negotiations, the culture of government, public speaking, improving customer service, decision-making, and communications skills.

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