Brown designated as a Certified Elections/Registration Administrator

Oakland County Clerk/Register of Deeds Lisa Brown was designated as a Certified Elections/Registration Administrator (CERA) the highest professional achievement, in a ceremony conducted by the Election Center at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando on Tuesday, Aug. 20.

“I’m proud and honored to earn the CERA designation, especially as there are only a handful of officials certified in Michigan.” said Brown.

CERA designation is achieved only through a multi-year course of study taught by the Auburn University 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 is an outstanding accomplishment.”

“Oakland County is indeed fortunate to have Lisa as one of the top designated professionals in America. Obtaining and maintaining CERA status means that she has committed to a career long process of continuing education to improve the electoral process in Oakland County, Michigan, and the nation,” he stated.

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.

Brown, a lifelong resident of Oakland County, has been serving as Oakland County Clerk/Register of Deeds since January 1, 2013. Before that, she served in the State Legislature for four years. She became a member of the State Bar of Michigan in 1993.