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Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS)

Elected Officials Academy

MTAS provides training for municipal elected officials through our signature Elected Officials Academy and the Elected Officials Special Topic Series.

The Elected Officials Academy (EOA) includes two programs: 

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.

2024 EOA Programs

Municipal Foundations was delivered virtually in January 2024. 

Municipal Foundations and Municipal Operations will both be offered as preconference sessions during the 2024 TML Annual Conference in July. More information about the July programs will be posted and shared in late spring. 

Questions? Contact Doug Brown, (865) 974-9140.

Elected Officials Special Topic Series

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

Thursday, June 6, 2024
6:00-7:30pm Eastern / 5:00-6:30pm Central

Firefighter Workers' Compensation: Not Always a Slip, Trip, or Fall

This session will discuss firefighter injuries and workers’ compensation and delve into the Barry Brady and James Dustin Samples Acts. These legislative measures highlight the recognition of six specified cancers and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as presumptive injuries directly related to a firefighter's employment. By exploring these acts, participants will gain more understanding of the complexities surrounding firefighter workers’ compensation claims. Through case studies, analysis, and practical examples, this session will provide municipal elected officials, administrators, and firefighters necessary information to navigate workers’ compensation in the context of modern firefighting hazards.

Approved: 1.5 hours Utility Board Training

Presenter: Steve Cross, MTAS Technical Program Manager & Fire Consultant

Virtual (Zoom)

This training is free but registration is required. Register online or contact Doug Brown, (865) 974-9140.

Future special topics will be announced as they are confirmed. 

EOA Program Contacts

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

Program Lead: Johanna Owenby, Training and Development Manager, (865) 974-9858.