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Cornell Municipal Clerks Institute

July 10 through 14, 2016, Ithaca, NY


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Draft Schedule (updated June 23, 2016)

This is the final year that the Municipal Clerks Institute will be hosted by Cornell. The following statement was provided by the NYSTCA and NYSACVC presidents:

“The New York State Town Clerks Association (NYSTCA) and The New York State Association of City and Village Clerks (NYSACVC) have formed a “Municipal Clerks Institute Transition Planning Committee” (MCITPC). Facilitated by Dr. Michael Hattery of the Rockefeller Institute of Government,  SUNY (SUNY/RI), the primary goal of this committee is to design and implement a seamless transition from the Cornell Municipal Clerks Institute (CMCI) to a new municipal clerks institute (MCI) with RI/SUNY identified as the host organization of choice. The successor New York State  MCI will be built to assure IIMC accreditation and will provide continuity of programming between CMCI and the new MCI. The new institute is targeted for implementation during 2017.”

Mike Hattery, of the Rockefeller Institute (next year's MCI host) will lead off the Sunday program with his presentation on "Dealing with Leadership Transitions".  Dr. Hattery will discuss his vision for the future of the Institute and encourages those attending to share their questions, concerns and ideas.


Once you have registered, please check back to this page frequently as we'll be posting very important information as it becomes available.

The Cornell Municipal Clerks Institute is a premium educational opportunity provided by a partnership between the City and Village Clerks and the Town Clerks Associations of the State of New York and Cornell University's Community and Rural Development Institute (CaRDI). We invite you to participate. You will gain new knowledge, skills, enhance the administration of your office, and contribute to the professionalism of your municipal government.  For a personal account of CMCI, check out this article "Continuing Education – an investment in yourself and in your profession: Clerk speaks out about summer Clerks Institute at Cornell" By Eric S. Denk.


City, town, and village clerks, deputy clerks, and clerks of county legislative boards, as well as other municipal officials who seek professional development. Those who want to attend in order to gain needed additional credits to maintain their CMC status are welcomed. Certified Municipal Clerks who want to continue working towards the Master Municipal Clerks certification (MMC) are also encouraged to attend. 


Cornell University faculty, faculty from other New York universities, as well as professionals within the Cornell community serve the Cornell Muncipal Clerks and Master Clerks Programs.

By attending, you will:

  • Improve your professional skills and enhance the service you provide to your local government and community
  • Work toward the 120-hour requirement (over a three-year period) of the International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC) to become a Certified Municipal Clerk. 

Teaching Format

Small classroom lectures, hands-on computer labs, group activities, self-evaluations, and informal discussions are all used during these trainings.

International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC)

Cornell’s Institute is approved by the International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC). Founded in 1947, IIMC is the leading professional nonprofit association of Municipal Clerks and officials from cities and towns around the world.

To receive Certified Municipal Clerk (CMC) or Master Municipal Clerk (MMC) Designation through Cornell's Municipal Clerks Institute, Clerks must fulfill a two year IIMC membership requirement, fulfill the designation requirements and must sustain membership in order to maintain the designation. Information about applying for IIMC membership and designation requirements can be found at the IIMC Official Site.

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