New Canaan Town Clerk Claudia A. Weber has been awarded the designation of "certified municipal clerk" by the International Institute of Municipal Clerks.

"IIMC grants the CMC designation only to those municipal clerks who complete demanding educational requirements and who have a record of significant contributions to their local government, their community and state," said Brenda Cirtin, president.

According to the IIMC, those who achieve the designation have demonstrated professional proficiency and mastery of administrative skills critical to good government. The designation is recognized throughout the U.S., including the State of Connecticut, as well as internationally.

"It has been a privilege to serve as town clerk for the past 16 years, and I am pleased to be able to continue to bring the CMC-demonstrated level of excellence and expertise to our town," Weber said. "Continuing education helps professional municipal clerks keep abreast of changes in our field and learn more about best practices that have been successfully implemented in other communities.

"In New Canaan, the town clerk manages an office that generates $5 million to 7 million in annual revenue and works closely with at least a dozen state agencies, while serving the diverse needs of a multitude of constituencies. Much of what my office does is mandated by statute, but I believe that helping people efficiently, knowledgeably and compassionately is the most important service I perform."

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Governed by the Connecticut state statutes, the town clerk is responsible for the safekeeping and preservation of the town's official records and documents. The town clerk also serves as the registrar of vital statistics for the town, is the keeper of the town seal, works closely with local boards and commissions to ensure that agendas and minutes are promptly filed in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act, and serves as a chief election official for the town, among other duties.

Prior to her election as town clerk, Weber served as the elected Republican registrar of voters for three years and was the assistant registrar of voters for 15 years before that. Previously,she served in Washington, D.C., as a confidential assistant to the U.S. secretary of commerce under the Reagan/Bush administration and served as staff member in the office of U.S. Sen. Paula Hawkins.

Weber has begun work on the master municipal clerk program offered by the IIMC.