The University of Tennessee honored Phillip Warren, administrator of elections, and Tammy Smith, assistant administrator of elections as certified public administrators at a Capstone event at Montgomery Bell State Park on April 11.
Warren and Smith are also both Tennessee certified administrators of elections.
To achieve the designation, Warren and Smith completed 80 credit hours in the County Officials Certificate Training Program. The course is designed to give a better understanding of the inner workings of county government. Every aspect of county operations is covered from elections to highway maintenance to finance. These courses are administered by the UT County Technical Assistance Service. CTAS is an agency of the statewide UT Institute for Public Service.
“No other state provides county officials with such specialized training,” said Bob Wormsley, executive director of CTAS. “Some courses are tailored for a specific office, while others cover general managerial and governmental functions. The entire program is designed for practicality and to build skills the officials need every day to better serve their constituents.”
CTAS was created by the Tennessee General Assembly in 1973 at the urging of county officials. County officials wanted an agency to provide prompt, accurate technical assistance on a daily basis to Tennessee’s 95 counties. CTAS provides support to counties in the areas of legal services, finance, highway maintenance, law enforcement, information technology, GIS, solid waste, statistical research and training.