Pomfret town clerk’s efforts earn state certification

The New York State Town Clerks Association recently announced that Pomfret Town Clerk Allison Dispense has earned her certification as a Registered Municipal Clerk.

After several years of work, Dispense learned of the news after the OBSERVER emailed her a press release it had received from the NYSTCA. The OBSERVER asked Dispense what this achievement meant to her.

“Receiving my RMC is very exciting. I’ve been working toward this state-recognized certification since I became deputy town clerk in 2009. I believe it brings a level of professionalism to the town clerk’s office. It allows me to stay current with the changing laws and procedures,” she said. “I truly enjoy serving my community and look forward to continuing my education and experience as a town clerk.”

Dispense was required to complete a combination of numerous hours of education and leadership in various professional and civic organizations in order to earn the distinction of RMC.

According to the press release, the statewide certification program launched in 1997 in conjunction with the state Association of City and Village Clerks. The program aids municipal clerks in improving job performance and recognizes the professionalism of the municipal clerk’s office.

Qualifications of applicants are reviewed and approved by the state Town Clerks Certification Committee.

Pomfret Supervisor Donald Steger had nothing but praise for all the hard work Dispense has done thus far.

“I think it’s wonderful that Allison is constantly looking to improve her knowledge and her ability to deliver services to residents in the town of Pomfret,” he said. “She continues to just flow into her job and she is absolutely wonderful at what she does.”

Dispense took office in June 2013 after former town clerk Roberta Valentine retired. She is currently serving her first full, four-year term.

Founded in 1982, the NYSTCA is an organization dedicated to promoting the professional development of town clerks across the state as administrative leaders. Membership offers town clerks and their deputies encouragement, specialized assistance and continuing education relative to professional and personal improvement that can enhance their ability to serve their constituency.

Nearly 900 of the 943 towns in New York state are currently members of the organization and over 40 RMC awards have been made in the past year.

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