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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The University of Mississippi and the Southern Rural Development Center are hosting a Lead in Drinking Water Forum at Eagle Ridge Conference Center on October 5, 2022. Food will be provided. We will be engaging in discussions to explore the issues arising across the state and identify possible policy solutions. You can register by clicking here.

MML members will receive 2 CMO elective credits for attending. 


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, and 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 (recieve 4 CMO credits);
  • 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 19 - 22, 2022, The University of Southern Mississippi Trent Lott National Center. This is an all day course starting at 8 a.m. and running through 5 p.m. each day. 


The four-day course is $650 or can be taken for graduate credit through the Southern Miss Master of Science in Economic Development program. Early-bird registration is $600 if registered and paid before July 15. The registration fee covers course materials, instruction, selected meals and refreshment breaks. It does not cover hotel and other travel expenses. 

Scholarships are available. Contact tasha.may@usm.edu for more information regarding scholarships or visit the scholarship page to apply.


MML members who attend will receive 4 CMO elective credits. Click here for full details and download the attached flyer.


In conjunction with the MS State University Extension Service Center for Government & Community Development, MML is excited to announce the upcoming CMO opportunity that will be traveling to a location near you this fall!

The class, "Technology in Government focusing on Cybersecurity, will be held at night and will include dinner, allowing an alternative time frame to receive CMO credits for those who have day-time duties that prohibit them from attending some of our other CMO opportunities that are usually held primarily during the day. 

MML members will receive three CMO elective credits for attending any one of these classes.

Please see the attached registration form for details including registration deadlines, fees, and locations that the class will be offered.

Due to COVID, the Hattiesburg class will be capped at 40, so register quickly to reserve your spot!


Dates, times and locations are set for our 2022 Legislative Planning Meetings! We hope you can join us at the meeting held in your Planning and Development Distrct as we determine our priorities for the 2023 Legislative Session. MML members will receive 3 CMO elective credits for attending a meeting, and if you bring your legislator, you will receive an extra credit.




As a result of both the Annual Conference and Small Town Conference being canceled this year, League staff had to find creative ways to continue to provide educational opportunities to our members. This need brought about the implementation of virtual CMO opportunities.

Throughout the fall, MML offered seven different webinars that members were invited to attend virtually via Zoom. Each webinar offered 3 CMO elective credits, and most cost $25 to attend.

These webinars have been recorded and are available on-demand for those that might have missed the registration deadlines.

To register for any of the following webinars, please complete the attached registration form and return to the MML office to receive the appropriate access links.