Laurie Goodrich, Council Member for the City of Coralville, is among four elected city officials in Iowa to be awarded the Certified Elected Municipal Official (CEMO) designation in 2017. The designation was created by the Iowa League of Cities as a way to recognize elected officials who commit to continuing their professional development while in office.
Goodrich was elected to the Coralville City Council in 2013. She also serves as a Council Representative to the Parks and Recreation Commission and the East Central Iowa Council of Governments Board of Directors. Goodrich previously completed the Iowa League of Cities Municipal Leadership Academy.
The Certified Elected Municipal Official recognition program allows attendees to build towards the CEMO designation while receiving meaningful, informative, and useful information on topics that expand the elected official’s knowledge and capabilities. Participation is voluntary.
Other 2017 Certified Elected Municipal Officials include Matt Dalbey, Council Member, Ottumwa; Kim Sacker, Council Member, Van Meter; and Dan Scholl, Mayor, Humboldt.
“Those achieving the CEMO designation spend many hours, often on weekends, attending workshops and conferences on the finer points of municipal government,” said Alan Kemp, Executive Director of the Iowa League of Cities. “This is a significant commitment to local government and I commend these individuals for their dedication and motivation to become more effective municipal officials.”
The CEMO designations were awarded at a ceremony held at the Iowa League of Cities Annual Conference and Exhibit in Davenport.
The Iowa League of Cities is the oldest, continuously operating municipal league in the country. Founded in 1898, the League is a not-for-profit organization that serves at the unified voice for cities, providing advocacy, training, and guidance to the cities of Iowa.