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Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS)

Elected Officials Academy

The Elected Officials Academy (EOA) is a program designed exclusively for municipal elected officials. Both levels of the program are 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.

Level I

The next Virtual EOA Level I will take place in October 2022. All sessions will meet 5:00-7:30 Eastern/4:00-6:30 Central on Zoom.

Cost: $210 (will be invoiced to the city after the first session)

  • Session 1 - Tuesday, October 11 - Foundations of Government; Charters, Codes, & Local Legislative Acts
  • Session 2 - Thursday, October 13 - Ethics, Open Meetings, Public Records
  • Session 3 - Tuesday, October 18 - How to Conduct Effective Meetings; Municipal Finance
  • Session 4 - Thursday, October 20 - Human Resources, Strategic Planning, Panel of Elected Officials


How will I join the meeting? All meeting information, including the Zoom link, will be emailed to registered participants starting one week before the first session. 

What if I have to miss a session? Full attendance at all four sessions is required to earn a certificate of completion. We allow up to one missed session to be made up by recording. We review attendance and extenuating circumstances on a case-by-case basis. 

I need Utility Board Training credit. Does this count? The October 2022 offering of EOA Level I has been approved to count toward 10 hours of the Tennessee Comptroller's Office of the Treasury Utility Board Training requirement. Full attendance is required to achieve utility credit. Participants are responsible for submitting their own training documentation to the Comptroller's Office.

I can't make it in October. When will you offer EOA Level I again? The next anticipated offering of Level I will be in winter 2023.

How do I register? 

1. Register online, or

2. Contact Doug Brown, Training Coordinator, (865) 974-9140.

Please register by October 6.


Level II

Level II topics include human resources, fire, police, public works, and risk management. Level II is usually offered in conjunction with the TML Annual Conference.

EOA Level II will take place at the 2022 TML Annual Conference in Gatlinburg, August 12-13, 2022

To register:

Contact Doug Brown, Training Coordinator, (865) 974-9140.


EOA Program Leads

Registration: Contact Doug Brown, Training Coordinator, (865) 974-9140.

Level I: Johanna Owenby, Training Consultant, (865) 974-9858. 

Level II: Yolanda Dillard, Training Consultant, (901) 410-5386. 

Elected Officials Academy Brochure