Municipal government

Caernarvon Township Clerk Joan Bair completes PSATS Municipal Government Academy program

Caernarvon Township Clerk Joan Bair recently completed the PSATS Municipal Government Academy (PMGA) certificate program, a municipal education and leadership program of the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors (PSATS).

The class of 2022 PMGA graduates received diplomas and certificates of completion April 25 at the association’s annual educational conference in Hershey.

“PSATS launched the Municipal Government Academy several years ago to give township officials and staff a head start in carrying out their duties,” said PSATS Executive Director David Sanko.

“In the academy, teaching leadership and communication skills overlaps with training in four technical streams: administration, planning and zoning, public safety and public works.”

PMGA participants earn primary, secondary, and elective points by attending classroom workshops and webinars and other PSATS educational opportunities, such as the annual educational conference, Institute of Human Resources and Management work, the training camp for township officials and the popular advocacy day.

In this year’s class, three people, including Bair, completed the certificate program earning 30 points in the administration track. In addition, seven people completed the diploma program with 60 points in all four streams.

PSATS has structured the academy to give participants practical information they can use in their roles, Sanko said.

“We didn’t just want to have classes on abstract topics of local governance,” he said. “We wanted to make sure students were coming up with useful strategies and techniques to help them do their job better and more effectively. This is our ultimate goal.