BELMAR, NJ — Belmar Municipal Clerk April Claudio has earned certification from the International Institute of Municipal Clerks, a leading professional organization with 15,000 members worldwide.

The designation is granted only to those municipal clerks who have completed demanding education requirements, and who have a record of significant contributions to their local government, their community and state, according to the IIMC, which provides education opportunities and professional development to its membership.

“In light of the speed and drastic nature of change these days, lifelong learning is not only desirable, it is necessary for all in local government to keep pace with growing demands and changing needs of the citizens we serve. Your town can take immense pride in April’s educational accomplishments and achievement of this milestone,” said Stephanie Carouthers Kelly, president of the California-based nonprofit organization.

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Claudio’s achievement was also recognized by the Belmar Council at its May 5 meeting, when a proclamation for Professional Municipal Clerks Week was read into the record by Councilwoman Patricia Wann, who congratulated her for doing a “fantastic job.”

Added Mayor Mark Walsifer, “We wouldn’t know what to do without you.”

A 16-year borough employee, Claudio has spent the past 10 years as Belmar’s municipal clerk. She also serves as the borough’s registrar, planning board secretary, zoning board secretary and technical assistant to the construction official.

Claudio joined Belmar in 2004, working in the construction/code enforcement office before becoming acting municipal clerk in 2008.

Prior to that, she was employed by the Monmouth County’s election office from 2001 to 2002 and as a part-time office assistant with the Borough of Lake Como (then South Belmar) from 1996 to 2002. She also graduated from the Wall-based Stuart School of Business Administration in 2002.

In 2010, she received her registered municipal clerk certification from Rutgers University and her registered municipal registrar certification from the State of New Jersey.

Claudio also is a member of the Municipal Clerks Association of New Jersey, serving on its Information Technology Committee.

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