MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Newly-elected Sylacauga city council members Dallas Davenport, Tiffany Nix, Ashton Fowler, Donnie Blackmon, and Lee Perryman, along with city clerk and treasurer Patricia Carden, joined more than 250 officials representing 85 cities and towns today in Montgomery for a “crash course” on the complexities of administering municipal government.

The Orientation Conference for Elected Officials and Municipal Personnel is presented every four years in various locations throughout the state by the Alabama League of Municipalities and will include representatives from more than 400 municipalities. Approximately 30 percent of the mayors and council members who will begin four-year terms on Nov. 7 have never held public office; therefore, the quadrennial orientation conferences are extremely important.

Speakers at the one-day session represented the top legal and administrative authorities on municipal government in Alabama and covered topics such as the statutory and administrative requirements during the municipal year ahead; the legal status and powers of municipalities; the office of the mayor; council meeting procedure; the organizational duties of the council; conflicts of interest and ethics; appropriation powers of municipalities; borrowing powers; and budgeting, auditing and fiscal reporting. The role of the Alabama League of Municipalities in local government and League special programs were also discussed.

The Alabama League of Municipalities was organized in 1935 and has served since that time as the recognized voice of the cities and towns in Alabama. Representing nearly 450 member municipalities, the League works to secure enactment of legislation enabling all cities and towns to perform their functions more efficiently and effectively; offers specialized training for both municipal officials and employees; holds conferences and meetings at which views and experiences of officials may be exchanged; and conducts continuing studies of the legislative, administrative and operational needs, problems and functions of Alabama’s municipal governments.

Mayor-elect Jim Heigl was unable to attend the meeting in Montgomery and will participate in an alternate session.

The new council and mayor will take office November 7.

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