Certified Municipal Officials Program

In 2001, the League developed the CMO program in an effort to address a nationwide movement dedicated to developing efficient and effective community leaders by providing meaningful information on topics that will expand the elected official's knowledge and capabilities.
There are three levels of certification officials can obtain through the CMO program:   
Basic, Advanced and Professional Development.

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NLC’s Institute for Youth, Education, & Families is the process of designing a one-day briefing for city leaders within a 250-mile radius around Birmingham, AL October 12th. The goal is to share promising municipal examples and strategies on the subject of Housing & Health, like those identified in the summaries linked below. NLC conducts similar meetings around the country as a way to convene local leaders around a topic, provide information, develop local relationships across city lines in a region, and connect city leaders with those who may be supportive on the various state levels. 



Join the MS Delta Health Collaborative/MS Department of Health for Race, Equity and Leadership (REAL) Training for Elected Officials instructed by Leon Andrews, Director of REAL from the National League of Cities.

The workshop will be held on
September 29, 2017
9:00am - 4:00pm
at the
B.B. King Museum
400 2nd Street
Indianola, MS

All mayors, local and state elected officials are invited to attend this training event that will feature discussions on topics such as normalizing racial equity, operationalizing racial equity, organizing to advance racial equity and applying key strategies to effectively talk about race and policy.

To register, call 662-455-1344 for Deborah Matthews or Rosalyn Randle or via email at deborah.matthews@msdh.ms.gov 

Attendees will receive 2 CMO elective credits for attending this event.


We are excited to announce that MML will once again be teaming up with the Mississippi Planning and Development Districts to host this year’s regional legislative meetings, eleven across the state. This is a great partnership and should help to expand our attendance.

Please make plans to attend a regional legislative meeting in your area, and be sure to come ready to discuss ideas and issues that will help the League formulate our 2018 Legislative Agenda. Your input and involvement is critical to this process.

We are awarding three elective CMO credits for attendance at any one of these regional legislative meetings.  In addition, if you bring your legislator(s) with you, you will receive one additional CMO credit. 

We look forward to seeing you for fellowship as we prepare for the upcoming legislative session! Click the link below to view all meeting locations and dates!


Fall 2017 Evening CMO Classes

In conjunction with MSU Extension Service Center for Government and Community Development, MML is excited to announce a series of CMO evening classes that will be held around the state during the fall of 2017.



Join the MS Urban Forest Council for the 30th Urban Forestry and Green Infrastructure Educational Summit!

All Things Green: For sustainable community, home, urban farm and business

October 3, 4 & 5, 2017 
MS Agriculture Museum
Lakeland Drive
Jackson, MS

Attendees will earn 2 CMO elective credits.

View the attached document for details including registration information and a conference agenda!





This is an introductory course exposing participants to the fundamentals and practice of creating jobs, increasing wealth, improving the tax base and enhancing a community’s quality-of-life, the first step in pursuing professional certification.


The True South Basic Economic Development Course is designed for community leaders and stakeholders who participate in the process of community economic development. Typical conference attendees include chamber of commerce, economic, and community development organization professionals; elected and appointed officials; government agency staff; community planners; utility personnel; bankers; business leaders; real estate brokers and developers; community volunteers; and students enrolled in the Masters of Economic Development program. 


September 11 -14, 2017, in Hattiesburg, MS at The University of Southern Mississippi Trent Lott National Center


The Mississippi Office of Homeland Security and MSU Extension Service are hosting a free seminar on various programs that are available to your local municipality.

All sessions will be held in the Bost Conference center on the MSU Starkville campus. Pre-registration is required as lunch will be served. The conference will be held on Monday, December 4th from 11am-1pm, and topics covered will be the Citizens CORP programs and grant monies available to your municipality. 

To register please email Dr. Ryan Akers at cra20@msstate.edu no later than Nov. 30th.

*Attendees will earn 2 CMO elective credits for attendance.*


Earn 2 CMO Elective Credits by attending Delta State University's Local Government Leadership Institute supporting Municipal Leaders in Mississippi.

When: December 21, 2017 @ 11:00am - 1:00pm
Location: Delta State University
Center for Community and Economic Development
1417 College St.
Cleveland, MS 38732
Guest Presenters:
Mr. Tim Barnard, Director, Local Government Records Office, Mississippi Dept. of Archives & History & Bob Dent, Director of Government Records
RSVP: By December 19th to cbeaty@deltastate.edu