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Lake City’s Michelle Cannon, Deputy City Clerk, Earns the Certified Municipal Clerk Designation

Michelle Cannon, Deputy City Clerk, gets pinned
Michelle Cannon, Lake City's Deputy City Clerk, now a Certified Municipal Clerk. City Clerk Audrey Sikes, makes it official on Monday night, pinning her iwith the official FACC pin.

LAKE CITY, FL – Monday night, soon after the kick-off of the bimonthly Council meeting, Deputy City Clerk Michelle Cannon was recognized for becoming a Certified Municipal Clerk, which is not an easy road to hoe.

Michelle Cannon, Audrey Sikes, Mayor Witt and City clerkss
From left to right: Town Clerk Patty Polk (Micanopy), City Clerk Kristin Bryant (Gainesville), City Clerk Audrey Sikes, Michelle Cannon, FACC NE Director LeAnne Williams, Mayor Witt

Only one in three Florida municipal clerks receive the Certified Municipal Clerk (CMC) designation.

Six months after being hired by Lake City (April 2021), Ms. Cannon joined the International Institute of Municipal Clerks and its partner organization in Florida, The Florida Association of City Clerks (FACC).

Of the 652 current members of the FACC, only 35%, or 227 members, have reached the Certified Municipal Clerk designation.

FACC is an association that promotes continuing education and certification through university and college-based institutes.

Ms. Cannon said, “I think it's important to keep yourself educated to be more helpful to those around you and your community."

To achieve the CMC designation, Ms. Cannon attended three conferences and two webinars. Additionally, her education at the John Scott Dailey Florida Institute of Government at FSU in Tallahassee required 120 student/instructor contact hours of in-depth courses in managerial and leadership skills, social and interpersonal concerns, and technical training.

Michellle Cannon and friends, from left to right: Maddie Chewning, Audrey Sikes, Michelle Cannon, Michelle's prodigal daughter - Kiley, Jessica Chewning.

Ms. Cannon is now part of an elite group of professionals in local government. Her Certified Municipal Clerk designation is sure to help Lake City as it begins sailing out of troubled waters.

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