New Class of Missouri Certified Local Government Officials and Advanced Certified Municipal Officials Honored at MML Annual Conference


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Forty-five Missouri municipal officials have completed training through the MML Municipal Governance Institute (MGI), and 11 officials have completed the Advanced Municipal Governance Institute (AMGI) program in 2023. These individuals were honored during the Awards Luncheon at the MML Annual Conference earlier this month in Kansas City, Missouri.

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. As the program evolved, the advanced program was begun to further instruct local officials on the challenges they face in local government.

“All MGI and AMGI 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 CMO designation is a significant achievement, and I commend all participants for their dedication to become better informed and more effective municipal officials.”

To qualify for the Certified Municipal Officials designation, participants must complete 16 credit hours in subjects ranging from the Missouri Open Meeting Law to budgets to planning and zoning. The advanced certification program requires an additional 14 core hours and three capstone projects in community service, advocacy, and leadership.

Recipients of the MGI certification are:

Cozy Bailey, Mayor, St. Clair

Bryan Barner, Alderman, Odessa

Allan Behr, Council Member, Washington

Tim Boeddeker, Alderman, Charlack

Michele Brown, City Clerk, Waynesville

Jason Eaklor, City Clerk, Berger

Stacey Easter, Mayor, Park Hills

Lauren Edens, Council Member, Wildwood

Kelly Farkas, Alderman, Desloge

Eric Franklin, Council Member, Republic

Andrew Frazier, City Administrator, Glasgow

Harrison Fry, City Administrator, Lake Ozark

Gregory Hurd, Fire Chief, Aurora

Cyndi Jennings, City Clerk, Oronogo

Megan Johnson, Council Member, Rolla

Maurice Jones, Deputy City Manager, Springfield

Kristy Keithley, City Clerk, Clever

Amanda Koren, Council Member, Waynesville

Lori Lemons, City Clerk, East Prairie

Jeff Lofton, Police Chief, Clever

Melissa Mattson, Deputy City Clerk, Albany

Abbie Ogborn, City Clerk, Wright City

Pete Pasternak, Mayor, Desloge

Lorri Powell, City Clerk, Rolla

Trevor Pulley, City Administrator, Cape Girardeau

Alicia Robertson, Prosecuting Attorney, Clever

Matthew Rusch, Director of Public Works and Utilities, Centralia

Debbie  Ryan, formerly with O’Fallon                     

Nicole Sanders, Alderman, Moline Acres

Allison Skinner, City Clerk, West Plains

Robert Smith, Council Member, Hazelwood

Bwayne Smotherson, Council Member, University City

Gail Sneeden-Kindhart, Council Member, LaGrange

Rachel St. Pierre, formerly with Park Hills                            

Kari Standley, City Clerk/Collector, Bloomfield

Eric Stevens, Public Works Director/City Engineer, Cameron

Melissa Stradt, Deputy City Clerk/Utility Clerk, St. James

Tara Strain, City Administrator, Centralia

James Thomas, Alderman, Bellefontaine Neighbors

Kathleen Trentmann, City Administrator, New Haven

Phil Walsack, Associate, Burns & McDonnell

Mike West, City Administrator, Butler

Theresa West, Executive Secretary, Harrisonville

Sean Wilson, Mayor, Waynesville

Jen Worth, Administrative Assistant, Waynesville


Recipients of the AMGI certification are:

Jeff Arp, Loss Control Specialist, MIRMA

Sonja Abdelgawad, Council Member, Raymore

Bryan Barner, Alderman , Odessa

Andrew Frazier, City Administrator, Glasgow

Celeste McGee, Alderman, Vinita Park

Kim Nakahodo,  Deputy City Administrator, North Kansas City

Walter Reese, Alderman, St. Robert

Alicia Robertson, Prosecuting Attorney, Clever

Amanda Sikes, Alderman, St. Clair

Matt Turner, Alderman, Harrisonville

Sean Wilson, Mayor, Waynesville


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