By Maria José Subiria
Three commissioners of the Housing Authority of Clayton County recently received certification from a leading housing industry organization.
The commissioners are the first from the authority to receive the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials' (NAHRO) Commissioners Certification since the certificate program began in 2007, according to Chris Wood, a housing authority spokesman.
Housing Authority of Clayton County Commissioner Herbert Adams, Treasurer Alita Knox, and Vice Chairman James Searcy, received the certification during the association's summer conference in Portland, Ore., said Wood.
"To be certified, a lot of emphasis is put on being ethical, and following ethical policies, as directed by NAHRO," said Knox. "Through my certification, I hope to bring additional professionalism to our authority."
In order for commissioners to be certified by NAHRO, officials enroll in two required seminars: NAHRO's Commissioners Fundamental Seminar, and NAHRO'S Ethics for the Housing and Community Development Commissioner Seminar, according to Adams. In order for commissioners to maintain their certification, Adams said they are required to attend a NAHRO seminar every two years.
NAHRO offers seminars on a range of topics, including tax credits, foreclosure and green technology in the housing industry, said Adams.
Searcy said that aside from its seminars, NAHRO offers its members several conferences per year.
"It reinforces what is expected as commissioners, and what is expected in the work that we do," said Searcy. "The stuff that we learn at these [conferences] help us to do our work, as commissioners."
On the net:
National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials: www.nahro.org