On Jan. 12, Alvarado city secretary Debbie Thomas graduated from the Texas Municipal Clerks Certification Program.

The Texas Municipal Clerks Certifi-cation Program is a professional development program conducted through the University of North Texas. The program is comprised of four courses of study covering municipal finance, municipal law, election law, public economics public administration, human resource management, public and press relations, communications, office administration and municipal court administration. Completion of the program requires more than 200 hours of individual study that includes submitting written work and successfully passing four examinations.

In addition, the candidate must attend eight related seminars requiring more than 100 contact hours of instruction.