Donna Alexander, Bryan County Court Clerk, recently completed the Court Clerk Certification Program through the County Training Program (CTP). The CTP is part of the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service at Oklahoma State University and is mandated by state statute and authorized under the Commission on County Government Personnel and Training.
Alexander completed 60 hours of course instruction. She was honored at the Oklahoma Court Clerk’s Association’s Annual School held recently in Oklahoma City.
The Oklahoma Court Clerk’s Association instituted a voluntary certification program in 1998, which includes two modules: a management course module and a court clerk specific module. Thirty hours of courses from each module are required for certification. Each court clerk selects courses at their own discretion from each module. The program must be completed within four years.
Since the program’s inception, more than 235 court clerks and deputies have successfully completed the program.
Course work for court clerks and their deputies encompasses court clerk-specific courses on topics such as bail bonds, civil and criminal appeals, record confidentiality, juvenile procedures, reports and forms, statute reference, and legislative process.
The program also contains management courses such as supervisory skills, change management, overview of county government, the county budget process, customer service, the open records act, and fundamentals of administration and management.
Instructors from OSU, in partnership with state agencies such as the Administrative Office of the Courts, teach the classes for county officers and deputies at various locations throughout the state, and on the university’s campuses. In addition to court clerks, the OSU staff also conducts dozens of classes each year for other county officer certification programs. Many of the courses, which are usually taught in a classroom setting for 25-40 people, are attended by representatives from each of the elective and appointive agencies in county government.
More information about educational training for county officers may be obtained by contacting the County Training Program on the Stillwater campus at 405-744-6160, or by visiting the website at http://www.agecon.okstate.edu/ctp.
From the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service at Oklahoma State University.