North Little Rock’s city clerk has been awarded the Master Municipal Clerk (MMC) distinction from the International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC).

Diane K. Whitbey, North Little Rock’s city clerk and collector, was notified of the IIMC decision in a recent letter issued to her.

"The MMC is one of the two professional designations granted by IIMC. To qualify for entrance into the Master Municipal Clerk Academy (MMCA), which prepares participants for achieving the MMC status, one must have earned the CMC designation," said Ashley Carroll, a MMC Verification Specialist. "To earn the CMC designation, a municipal clerk must attend extensive education programs. The designation also requires pertinent experience in a municipality."

The MMCA is an advanced continuing education program that prepares participants to perform more complex municipal duties.

"The program prepares the participants to meet the challenges of the complex role of the Municipal Clerk by providing them with quality education in partnership with 47 institutions of higher learning," said Carroll. "The program has an extensive and rigorous educational component, a professional and social contributions component, and a commitment to lifelong learning."

According to Carroll, Academy members must demonstrate that they have actively pursued educational and professional activities and have remained informed of current socio-political, cultural, and economic issues that affect local governments and municipalities.

Founded in 1947, IIMC is a professional association with more than 10,000 members in the U.S., Canada and 15 other countries. IIMC’s primary goal is to actively promote the continuing education and professional development of municipal clerks through extensive education programs, certification, recertification, publications, networking, annual conferences and research. IIMC also engages in municipal research administration, enhances critical professional skill development and fosters a spirit of mutual assistance and good fellowship among municipal clerks around the globe. IIMC is governed by a 26-member Board of Directors.