Recently, Clerk-Treasurer Karen McQueen and Deputy Clerk-Treasurer Raymond Staub attended the Indiana League of Municipal Clerk-Treasurers (ILMCT) 2010 Institute and Academy at Ball State University, Muncie.
"The focus of this year's training was how to improve our day-to-day operations," Staub told The Brazil Times about the academy, which took place March 7-11. "A large part of it was providing updated legislation and processes clerk-treasurer offices are to abide by."
McQueen said what stood out for her were the computer courses and a presentation by Indiana Association of Cities and Towns General Counsel Jodie Woods.
"Along with the new laws and regulations, Jodie spoke about the changes in the bid/quote process, which is important information when it comes to awarding work on construction projects," McQueen said.
Staub added other beneficial information came from a speech delivered by Indiana State Treasurer Richard Mourdock.
"He described a variety of state funding sources that are available," he said. "Unfortunately, we don't have much access to them because the city is not eligible for most of them. But, it is good to know what is out there."
However, as in the past, both McQueen and Staub felt the most valuable information came from fellow clerk-treasurers attending the training session.
"We are able to compare notes with the other people there, especially with the clerk-treasurers in Greencastle and Danville, who also use the same accounting system, InCode," McQueen said.
Staub added, "It also helps knowing that the more experienced clerk-treasurers are able to answer just about any question you might have."
"I am scheduled to give birth to my second child, a boy, in May, so I won't be able to attend the next training session," McQueen told The Brazil Times. "However, I will still be receiving my certification as a Certified Municipal Clerk."
Although McQueen will be on maternity leave for 6-8 weeks, the office will remain open.
"Raymond will serve as interim Clerk-Treasurer while I am on my leave, but I will be in the office from time-to-time to assist with payroll," she said. "There will be no extra paid help in the office during that time, other than those who already are assisting us."