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Elections director earns CERA title

Originally published in the Wapak Daily News - Wapakoneta, Ohio

Michelle L. Wilcox, Director for the Auglaize County Board of Elections will be designated as a Certified Elections/Registration Administrator (CERA) the highest professional achievement, in a ceremony conducted by the Election Center at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, Orlando, FL at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 20, 2019.

 

CERA designation is achieved only through a multi-year course of study taught by the Auburn University MPA faculty, Auburn, Alabama and conducted by the Election Center’s Professional Education Program. The intent of the program it to professionalize the management of voter registration and elections administration in promoting and preserving public trust in the democratic process.

“This is the highest designation available to elections and voter registration officials,” said Tim Mattice director of the Center. This graduating class of 96 election professionals totals 1,206 election officials and election vendors who have achieved the CERA/CERV status.

This is an outstanding accomplishment.” Mattice said.

“Auglaize County is indeed fortunate to have Michelle Wilcox as one of the top designated professionals in America. Obtaining and maintaining CERA status means that she is committed to a career long process of continuing education to improve the electoral process in Auglaize County Ohio and the nation,” he stated.

Wilcox was appointed director to the Board of Elections in August of 2013. In addition to being CERA Nationally Certified, Wilcox also received her Ohio Registered Election Official Certification this past January.

Wilcox is a member of the Ohio Association of Election Officials where she is currently serving as the 1st Vice-President. She also serves on the OAEO Legislative Committee. She is a member of the Auglaize Democratic Party Central and Executive Committees. Wilcox was awarded “Democrat of the Year” in 2017.

“I am passionate about serving the voters as the Director for Auglaize County Board of Elections. To achieve this professional certification only exemplifies the hard work and commitment our office and board members have to ensure that the best practices are implemented to provide fair, accurate and transparent elections in Auglaize County,” Wilcox said.

The Professional Education Program is sponsored by the Election Center, a non-profit association of voter registrars and elections administrators throughout America and the U.S. Territories. Its membership is comprised of township, city, county and state elections officials and other election related organizations. The Center’s primary purpose is to promote and support continuous improvement in the administration of elections and voter registration through research, professional education, conference networking and consulting. Professional Education Program participants receive continuing education credit from Auburn University as well as professional training credits from the Election Center.

“I want to thank my current and past staff, board members and county commissioners who have advocated, encouraged and supported me so that this achievement could be accomplished.” Wilcox said. Wilcox is a lifelong resident of Auglaize County and resides in Goshen Township. She has been married to her husband Kip for 33 years, and they have four children and six grandchildren.

Michelle Wilcox

Caldwell County's Elections Administrator receives CERA certification and special recognition from State Representative

Pamela Ohlendorf, a Caldwell County Elections Administrator has been participating in the Election Center's Professional Education Program over the course of several years where she has received continuing education credit from Auburn University in election administration and voter registration.

At her graduation from the program on August 20, 2019 Pamela received the designation of Certified Elections/Registration Administrator (CERA).

In acknowledgment of her accomplishment, Pamela received an additional certificate from State Representative John P. Cyrier of House District 17, along with a Texas state flag that was flown at the capitol commemorating her professional achievement as a CERA graduate.

Commemorating Pamela's accomplishment, the certificate presented  from State Representative John P. Cyrier

 

Pamela Ohlendorf holding the certificate and Texas state flag flown at the capitol in commemoration of her CERA graduation August 20, 2019

 

Arldt Earns Highest Mark

Originally published in the Lexington Leader - Lee County, Texas July 31, 2019

Carla R. Arldt, Elections Administrator for Lee County, Texas will be designated as a Certified Elections/Registration Administrator (CERA) the highest professional achievement, in a ceremony conducted by the Election Center at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, Orlando, FL at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 20, 2019.

CERA designation is achieved only through a multi-year course of study taught by the Auburn University MPA faculty, Auburn, Alabama and conducted by the Election Center’s Professional Education Program. The intent of the program is to professionalize the management of voter registration and elections administration in promoting and preserving public trust in the democratic process.

“This is the highest designation available to elections and voter registration officials,” said Tim Mattice, director of the Center. This graduating class of 96 election professionals totals 1,206 election officials and election vendors who have achieved the CERA/CERV status.  This is an outstanding accomplishment.”

“Lee County is indeed fortunate to have Carla as one of the top designated professionals in America.  Obtaining and maintaining CERA status means that she has committed to a career long process of continuing education to improve the electoral process in Texas and the nation,” he stated.

Carla Arldt, seen above, Elections Administrator for Lee County, earned her CERA.

The Professional Education Program is sponsored by the Election Center, a non-profit association of voter registrars and elections administrators throughout America and the U.S Territories.  Its membership is comprised of township, city, county and state elections officials and other election related organizations.

The Center’s primary purpose is to promote and support continuous improvement in the administration of elections and voter registration through research, professional education, conferences, networking and consulting. Professional Education Program participants receive continuing education credit from Auburn University as well as professional training credits from the Election Center.

Carla who was raised in Lee County and a 1995 Giddings High School graduate was appointed as the first Lee County Elections Administrator in December of 2013. “I would like to thank everyone that has supported and made it possible for me to receive this designation. The CERA program has elevated my thinking about the election process and the people we serve. Not many people know what we do, but in reality, we serve as the voters’ representative to make sure the election process is fair to all,” Arldt stated.

 

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