Hailsham Town Council is celebrating after Town Clerk John Harrison passed his Certificate in Local Council Administration (CiLCA), which enables the Council to have ‘General Power of Competence’ and the power to do more things for the community.
The CiLCA award recognises high levels of administrative, managerial and legal competence in the running of a town and parish council.
To achieve the accreditation, candidates must undertake a training course involving mentoring sessions with peers, and submit a portfolio of their work to a panel of national assessors.
The Town Council will officially adopt and resolve to exercise the General Power of Competence at the next full Council meeting on Wednesday 23rd July.
Mr Harrison, 43, has occupied a variety of senior managerial positions at East Sussex County Council prior to being appointed Town Clerk in January 2012, including various administrative roles and the coordination of services provided direct to the community.
Congratulating the Town Clerk, Mayor Councillor Jo Bentley said: “John has successfully completed his training and achieved his Certificate in Local Council Administration.
“Achieving a professional qualification has not only helped our Town Clerk further develop his skills, but given the Town Council general power of competence, enabling it to play an even bigger role in the local community.”
Mr Harrison believes the extra training he received to gain the certificate will come as a boost to local democracy: “I’m absolutely thrilled at passing my CiLCA qualification.
“Working to obtain it, which will supplement the Town Council’s Quality Parish Council Status granted in 2009, will demonstrate to local people that we are being managed and administered in a professional manner when measured against national standards.
“While the CiLCA qualification is intended to be an individual honour, in actual fact it represents a collective effort and I’m grateful for the support and encouragement of both my staff colleagues and individual members of the Town Council.
“I hope to be able to use the knowledge to benefit everyone in the town.”