Twenty-Five Missouri Local Government Officials Earn Certification
Through MML's Municipal Governance Institute in 2021

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Congratulations to this year's MML Certified Municipal Officials through MML's Municipal Governance Institute! 
The Municipal Governance Institute was created under the direction of the Missouri Municipal League’s board of directors, to provide a training program focused on the important areas municipal officials and professional staff need to best serve their communities.

“All MGI participants spend many hours over several years attending workshops and lectures on the finer points of municipal government,” said MML Executive Director Richard Sheets. “Earning the designation is a significant achievement, and I commend all participants for their dedication and motivation to become better informed and more effective municipal officials.”

To qualify for the designation, participants must complete 16 credit hours in subjects ranging from the Missouri Open Meeting Law, to budgets and planning and zoning. More than 225 Missouri municipal officials are enrolled in the program. 

An Advanced Certification Program is also available, requiring an additional 14 core hours and three capstone projects in community service, advocacy and leadership.

Recipients are:
Sonja Abdelgawad, Council Member, Raymore
Craig Alexander, Chief of Police, Kimberling City
Shellie Blades, City Clerk, Cameron
James Carroll, Alderman, Bellefontaine Neighbors
Laura Cather, City Clerk, Kimberling City
Kimberlie Clark, Clerk/Treasurer, Dardenne Prairie
Rhonda Council, City Clerk, Sikeston
Casey Crews, City Clerk, Rich Hill
Benjamin DeClue, City Administrator, Glendale
Travis Dierker, former City Administrator, St. Clair
Mark Farran, Alderman, Bland
Tina Flowers, Communications Officer, Glendale
Jesse Green, Alderman, Edgerton
Erica Hill, Deputy City Clerk, Raymore
Dustin Kessler, Mayor, Morrisville
Sherri Klekamp, Washington
Jason Lewis, Council Member, Aurora
Mari Macomber, City Manager, Kirksville
John Manning, Assistant City Administrator, Branson
Brittney Parker, Administrative Assistant, Raymore
Gregg Sartorius, Alderman, St. Peters
Amanda Sikes, Alderman, St. Clair
Ballad Simmons, Alderman, Fulton
Kathy Smith, Mayor, Louisiana
Penny Thomas, Education/Outreach Specialist, Missouri LAGERS

If you would like to learn more about MGI and how to become a Certified Municipal Official, or learn more about the Advanced program, visit
The Missouri Municipal League provides a united voice for municipalities across Missouri.  Founded in 1934, MML now serves nearly 640 municipalities with training, resources and legislative advocacy for local government success. Learn more about the League and the Municipal Governance Institute at