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Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS)

Elected Officials Academy

The Elected Officials Academy is designed exclusively for municipal elected officials. The content is appropriate for newly elected officials, incumbents, and elected officials who have long service histories in municipal governments. The program is focused specifically on municipal government. If you are a county official interested in training, please check with our sister agency, CTAS.

Elected Officials Academy

The Elected Officials Academy (EOA) is MTAS's signature training program for municipal elected officials. It includes two programs: Municipal Foundations and Municipal Operations.

Municipal Foundations familiarizes municipal elected officials with foundational aspects of municipal governance. Topics include foundations and structure of municipal government; charters, codes, and local legislative acts; ethics, public records, and open meetings; effective meetings; and municipal finance. 

Municipal Operations provides an overview of the responsibilities and oversight of the municipal elected board related to operational functions in municipalities. Topics include human resources, public works, fire services, and police services. 

Upcoming EOA Programs

The virtual Municipal Foundations program will return in winter 2024. Dates, details, and registration instructions will be posted in late 2023.

Both programs were offered in-person in July 2023. They are planned to be offered again in-person in mid-2024 in participation with the TML Annual Conference. Information about the 2024 programs will be posted and shared in spring 2024. 


Elected Officials' Special Topics Series

The Elected Officials' Special Topic Series provides quarterly, free training sessions on Zoom. New sessions will be announced as they are confirmed.


Register online or contact Doug Brown, (865) 974-9140.

EOA Program Contacts

RegistrationDoug Brown, Training Coordinator, (865) 974-9140.

Program LeadJohanna Owenby, Training Consultant, (865) 974-9858.