8.29.2022 Nicki Leeper Designated with CERA

Nicki Leeper, Assistant County Clerk for Douglas County is Designated as a Certified Elections/Registration Administrator (CERA)
Posted on 08/29/2022
Nicki Leeper, Assistant County Clerk for Douglas County is Designated as a Certified Elections/Registration Administrator (CERA)

Minden, NV- Nicki Leeper, Assistant County Clerk for Douglas County was designated as a Certified Elections/Registration Administrator (CERA), the highest professional achievement for election officials in the country.

 CERA designation is achieved only through a multi-year course of study taught by Auburn University’s Master in Public Administration (MPA) faculty, Auburn, Alabama, and conducted by the Election Center’s Professional Education Program. The intent of the program is to professionalize the management of voter registration and elections administration in promoting and preserving public trust in the democratic process.

 “This is the highest designation available to elections and voter registration officials,” said Tim Mattice, director of the Center. “This graduating class of 85 election professionals totals 1,420 election officials and election vendors who have achieved the CERA/CERV status. This is an outstanding accomplishment.”

 “Douglas County is fortunate to have Nicki Leeper as one of only 8 graduates in the State of Nevada since the inception of the CERA Certification Program in 1994,” said Amy Burgans, Douglas County Clerk-Treasurer. “Obtaining and maintaining CERA status means that she is committed to a career-long process of continuing education and to improve the electoral process for Douglas County. I am very proud to have Nicki as part of my incredible team.”

 The Professional Education Program is sponsored by the Election Center, a non-profit association of voter registrars, elections administrators, and providers of election services throughout America and the U.S Territories.  Its membership is comprised of township, city, county, and state elections officials and other election-related organizations. The Center’s primary purpose is to promote and support continuous improvement in the administration of elections and voter registration through research, professional education, conferences, networking, and consulting. Professional Education Program participants receive continuing education credits from Auburn University as well as professional training credits from the Election Center.

 Nicki Leeper grew up in Douglas County. She has served the County for 4 years in the Clerk’s office. She brings integrity and organization in her role as Assistant County Clerk and is a vital part of the team. Congratulations Nicki on obtaining this certification and for your commitment to Douglas County.    

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