Joe Bridgman, elections coordinator for the Livingston County Clerk’s Office, is now a Certified Elections/Registration Administrator (CERA), the highest professional achievement for election officials in the country.
CERA designation is achieved through a multi-year course of study taught by the Auburn University’s Master in Public Administration (MPA) faculty in Auburn, Ala., 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 60 election professionals totals add new number election officials and election vendors who have achieved the CERA/CERV status. This is an outstanding accomplishment.
“Livingston County is indeed fortunate to have Joe Bridgman as one of the top designated professionals in America. Obtaining and maintaining CERA status means that he has committed to a career-long process of continuing education to improve the electoral process in Michigan and the nation.”
The Professional Education Program is sponsored by the Election Center, a non-profit association of voter registrars and elections administrators 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 credit from Auburn University as well as professional training credits from the Election Center.
Bridgman’s began his career as the Livingston County Election Coordinator January 2018. In addition to his CERA designation, Bridgman has earned the Master Municipal Clerk (“MMC”) and Michigan Professional Municipal Clerk (“MiPMC”) certifications.