Larimer County Clerk & Recorder Angela Myers Receives CERA Designation
Department: Clerk & Recorder
Release Date: Aug 21, 2014
Media Contact: Angela Myers, Larimer County Clerk & Recorder 970/498-7852
Recording Office: 970/498-7860
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Angela Myers Receives CERA Designation
Angela Myers, Larimer County Clerk and Recorder, will be designated as a Certified Elections/Registration Administrator (CERA), the highest professional achievement, in ceremonies conducted by the Election Center at the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero Hotel, at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, August 22, 2014.
CERA designation is achieved only through a multi-year course of study conducted by The Election Center’s Professional Education Program and completion of twelve core courses taught by the Master's in Public Administration faculty of Auburn University (Auburn, Alabama) ranging from ethics, to voter registration and elections law, planning, communications, and voter participation, among others. 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 R. Doug Lewis, director of the Center. “Of more than 21,000 elections and voter registration officials throughout America, this graduating class of 58 professionals takes us to 849 election officials who have achieved the CERA status. This is an outstanding accomplishment.”
“Larimer County is indeed fortunate to have Angela 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 Colorado and the nation,” he stated.
“These truly are the people who make democracy possible,” Lewis said. “Angela and other CERA professionals serve as the nation’s protectors of the democratic process. Because of them, Americans have a trust and public confidence in the election process. They have assurance that the system is fair, free, honest and accurate. In many parts of the world, their citizens have no faith in the form of democracy offered in their home countries. The importance of what Angela is doing for Larimer County is incredible but rarely noticed…unless something goes wrong.”
Angela, an election official since her appointment in May of 2013, said "I am very proud to be participating in this program. It has been challenging, eye opening and a wonderful growth experience. The program covers the law, ethical considerations, new program development, and the list goes on. Having been involved with election administration for many years, this program helps to solidify my commitment to the processes that ensure fair and accurate elections.”
"I am honored to safeguard the democratic process for our citizens,” Angela said. “While we cannot be responsible for how many citizens actually turn out for each election, we will be sure that all that are eligible to vote can do so and that those votes will be counted accurately."
The Professional Education Program is sponsored by The Election Center, a non-profit association of voter registrars and elections administrators throughout America. Its membership is comprised of township, city, county and state elections officials. The Center’s primary purpose is education for local and state voter registrars and elections officials to promote and improve the democratic process.
Professional Education Program participants receive continuing education credit from Auburn University as well as professional training credits from The Election Center.
The Professional Education Program was recognized in 1996 as the top continuing education program in America by the National University Continuing Education Association.
“Normally most Americans don't even know the election officials exist in their community and that they work constantly to protect the democratic process for its citizens," Lewis said. "Due to Election 2000, we now know just how important and complicated elections can be. In my opinion, the elections officials deserve the highest recognition that a community can give. If they don't do their job well, then citizens have no faith in the democratic process itself. Without faith in the process, it is almost impossible to believe in government itself – and that is a very large responsibility.”