By Mehgaan Jones
Riverdale City Councilman Wayne Hall has received the Certificate of Achievement from the Georgia Municipal Training Institute, at the Georgia Municipal Association's (GMA) Annual Mayors' Day Conference.
Hall was awarded the Certificate of Achievement from the GMA after he completed a minimum of 72 units of credits from the Georgia Municipal Institute, according to Aileen Harris, a communications associate for GMA.
"This is an outstanding achievement," said GMA Executive Director Jim Higdon. "We commend Council Member Hall for this accomplishment and for the dedication he's shown in using this valuable resource to become a more effective city official."
The Certificate of Achievement is the third highest level of certificate, in a series of four, given by the GMA, the association's web site stated.
"Any educational attainment is key to helping citizens," said Councilman Hall.
"With education you can make rational and logical decisions for yourself," he added."Education gives choices in life."
The councilman stressed the importance of continuing education to stay abreast of current issues, which will better serve the people he represents. "We need good administrators," said Hall. " I do what I need to do on behalf of the citizens who elected me."
The courses involved in the training include areas such as local government, finance, economic development, ethics and other areas of personal and professional development, according to the GMA web site.
"The Georgia Municipal Institute, a cooperative effort of GMA and the University of Georgia's Carl Vinson Institute of Government, provides a nationally recognized series of training opportunities for elected city officials," said Harris, in a written statement.
Hall said he has been taking the courses over a three year period, during which time he also received a master's degree in Public Administration, from Troy University, last year. Hall is currently working on a doctorate degree.
The conference, which addressed issues currently before the state's General Assembly, and which updated municipal officials on policy issues as well, was held at the Hilton Hotel, in Atlanta, on Saturday, Jan. 22, through Monday, Jan 24, said Harris.
GMA is a voluntary, non-profit organization that provides legislative advocacy, research, training, and technical consulting services to its 500 member-cities, Harris said in a press release issued by GMA.