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CCM understands how valuable professional development can be. Continuing education is not only important for your current position, but also to your career path. Under the advisement and direction from experienced staff at Trinity College, the Certified Connecticut Municipal Official (CCMO) program was developed.

Our training is intended to teach you how to work collaboratively, solve problems, build partnerships, and work across political and organizational boundaries. CCM encourages elected and appointed officials to utilize municipal training workshops, conferences, special meetings, and other educational opportunities to expand their knowledge and enhance important leadership skills through education.

To reward your commitment to furthering your education, CCM proudly offers the CCMO program. Now, you can become a Certified Connecticut Municipal Official.

Philosophy of the Program

The job of a municipal official is complicated and demanding. To be successful officials need special skills and knowledge, but they also must be competent in a variety of areas. By designing this program to focus on you, your organization and your community, we will help you achieve a standard of excellence.

The program will blend the best from the worlds of practice and theory. Training sessions will be led by associations, recognized experts and college faculty, with lengthy experience and insights needed to help you build the required skills for your demanding job.

Enrollment Periods

Beginning November 1, 2019, new participants will be accepted during two enrollment periods per year, with program start dates of January 1 and July 1. 

CCMO Enrollment Schedule:
Start Date: January 1

  • Enrollment Period: November 1 – December 31

Start Date: July 1

  • Enrollment Period: May 1 – June 30

Please note: Only classes/sessions/workshops/webinars taken after the program start date (January 1 or July 1) count toward your certification.


Educational Hours
Participants must complete 36 hours of study within two years from their start date. You must complete at least 6 credit hours (the equivalent to two workshops) from each of the three developmental categories: Personal Development, Organizational Development, and Community Development. The knowledge and skills gained through the CCMO program are a vital tool for success in local government.

This program was designed so participants can complete the required educational hours within a two-year office term, giving the upper hand at the next election! Attendance at CCM’s annual convention and educational workshops will provide the needed hours to qualify for completion and certification. All participants are expected to complete the certification within two years.

Developmental Categories

Personal Development

This area will focus on your development, helping you be an ethical leader who builds trust with people. You’ll learn how to build consensus, become an effective negotiator, and how to collaborate to solve problems. Just as important, we’ll teach you how to improve your skill at public engagement.

Organizational Development

In this area, we will focus on enhancing your municipal organization to provide optimal public services. You’ll understand the municipal budget not only as a spending plan, but also as an important public policy document for your municipality. The notion of “customer service” will not only be explained but how to improve it will be a key component of the training. Understanding the municipal work place, the role of unions, and personnel laws will be an important part of certification training.

Community Development

The focus in this area will be on developing your community by bringing together citizens and municipal officials to enhance civic life. You’ll learn about the economic, financial, and planning realities of downtown development. Related to this important topic is understanding how to market your community and how to get city hall ready to encourage private investment in your community. On a broader scale you’ll learn how to develop a vision for your community by developing realistic plans. And of course there will be training on core municipal services, from audits to zoning.

Completion and Continuing Education

Upon completion of the coursework (36 hours of study), municipal officials will be recognized and honored for their achievement at CCM’s annual convention in the fall. A press release which highlights the accomplishments will also be issued as well as a story featured in our bi-monthly magazine, Connecticut Town and City.

Continuing Education
To maintain certification, you must pay a continuing education fee of $50 each January. You will then have the full calendar year to complete 9 hours of study (3 workshops).


  • Attendance at CCM’s Annual Convention and Emergency Management Symposium account for three hours per event.
  • Workshop topics/offerings may vary. Sessions may be added or deleted from the schedule.
  • Additional educational opportunities will be announced.



On November 28, 2023 CCM issued certificates of completion to the fifth CCMO class. 

The following individuals completed 36 hours of study:

  • Bartosic, Kristen
  • Cox, David
  • Espinal, Yunery
  • Kearns, Joyce
  • Trevethan, Jaime
  • Wilson, David
  • Abraham, Heather
  • Arcayan, Sandy
  • Barrera-Hawes, Darcy
  • Breor, Barbara
  • Eng, Dian
  • Jones, Carol
  • Kelley, Jennifer
  • Kleinhans, John
  • Krampitz, Michelle
  • Lafferty, Gary
  • Moukawsher, Betsy
  • Nobitz, Stacy
  • Orosz, Missy
  • Vane, Heidi
  • Wolff, Brian
  • Benivegna, Michelle
  • Curley, Ryan
  • Litke, Jeff
  • Lukowski, Gerald
  • Pancak, Margaret
  • Papcin, David
  • Rado, Bonnie
  • Rodgers, India
  • Carter, Daniel
  • Greenier, Danielle
  • Jarzombek, Scott
  • Priest, Gregory
  • Zack, Gioia
  • Ahrens, Kimberly 
  • Frisbie, Colleen
  • Hughes, Sean
  • Ralls, Leigh Ann
  • Domas, Elizabeth
  • Hughson, Cindy

On November 1, 2022 CCM issued certificates of completion to the fifth CCMO class. 

The following individuals completed 36 hours of study:

  • Kimberly Allen, Town of Waterford
  • Carol L. Anderson, City of Torrington
  • David R. Barger, Town of Canaan
  • Susan Flynn Barksdale, Town of Darien
  • Shomari Beamon, City of West Haven
  • Joyce Berardis, Town of Deep River
  • Renata Bertotti, AICP, Town of Newington
  • Teresa Blesso, Town of Bloomfield
  • Kevin L. Booker, Jr., City of New London
  • Jen Bucci, Town of Harwinton
  • Lori Bushnell, Town of Bolton
  • Charles Carrozza, City of Meriden
  • Michele DaSilva, Town of Harwinton
  • Ann Devine, City of Danbury
  • JoAnn Doyle, Town of Cromwell
  • Danielle Feeley, Town of East Haven
  • Kevin Fitzgerald, Town of Groton
  • Kristen Formanek, Town of Simsbury
  • Gary Fuerstenberg, Town of Newington
  • Mitchell R. Goldblatt, Town of Guilford
  • Maria Guerrera, Town of Harwinton
  • Michelle Healy, Borough of Naugatuck
  • Lisa Houlihan, Town of Ellington
  • Arosha Jayawickrema, Town of Berlin
  • James Keeley Jr., Town of East Haven
  • Melissa V. LaBelle, Town of East Windsor
  • Wendy Mackstutis, Town of Simsbury
  • Melissa Maltese, Town of East Windsor
  • Leslie McDonough, Mansfield Public Library
  • Rosalyn Moffo, Town of Prospect
  • Mandi Moore, Town of Windsor Locks
  • Michael Ninteau, Town of Mansfield
  • Samantha A. Parlato, Town of East Haven
  • Cheryl L. Pinkos, Town of Bridgewater
  • Christine J. Quigley, Town of Redding
  • Joseph Sauerhoefer, Town of East Windsor
  • Christina Sivigny-Smith, Town of Southington
  • Terri Skoog, The Eighth Utilities District
  • John P. Sredzinski, Town of Stratford
  • Nicole Tenreiro, Town of Bridgewater
  • Rebecca Zychowski, Town of Old Saybrook

On November 30, 2021 CCM issued certificates of completion to the fourth CCMO class. 

The following individuals completed 36 hours of study:

  • Crystal Adams, Town of Woodstock
  • Sandra Allyn-Gauthier, Town of Preston
  • Jacquie Barbarossa, City of Norwich
  • Kimberlee C. Baron, Town of Roxbury
  • Mary Barton, Town of Prospect
  • Lisa R. Bibbiani, Town of Clinton
  • Jason E. Bowsza, Town of East Windsor
  • Stacy J. Buden, Town of Plainville & Plainville Community Schools
  • Veronica Calvert, Town of Franklin
  • Patricia A. Choiniere, Town of Ellington
  • Tina Ann Collins, City of New London
  • Daniel C. Colton, Town of Southbury
  • Carrie Concatelli, Town of Bolton
  • Michael R. Criss, Town of Harwinton
  • Matthew Daskal, Town of Plainville
  • Fred DeCaro, III, Town of Greenwich
  • Edward J. DeMarco, Jr., Town of East Windsor
  • Jacqueline DuBois, Town of Eastford
  • Peg Duffy, Town of Bethany
  • Christopher Edge, Town of Berlin
  • Bruce Fitzback, Town of Putnam
  • Karen L. Fitzpatrick, Town of Woodstock
  • Kristea A. Francolino, New London Public Schools
  • Thomas Galliford, Town of Bethel
  • Pamela N. Gaumond, Town of Pomfret
  • Susan E. Hale, Town of Wolcott
  • Barbara Heins, Town of Greenwich
  • Laura R. Hoydick, Town of Stratford
  • Lisa A. Karim, Town of Simsbury
  • Brett Kirby, Town of Westport
  • Matthew S. Knickerbocker, Town of Bethel
  • Patricia Kratochvil, Town of East Windsor
  • Cherrie L. Lamb, City of Waterbury
  • Michael A. Loiz, Town of Stratford
  • John Lozefski, City of Middletown Police Department
  • Charles Lubowicki, Town of Hamden
  • Rista Malanca, City of Torrington
  • Maryjane T. Malavasi, Town of Guilford
  • Brigid Marks, City of Norwich
  • Lisa J. Marotta, Town of Rocky Hill
  • Kathy McCavanagh, Town of Bolton
  • Angus McDonald, Town of Deep River
  • John Mehr, Town of Rocky Hill
  • Lisa B. Metayer, Town of Plainville
  • Halaree K. Monnerat, Town of Winchester/City of Winsted
  • Claire C. Morris, Town of Southbury
  • Mary Morrone, Town of Wolcott
  • Gerald Narowski, City of Derby
  • Michelle Noehren, Town of Old Lyme
  • R. Paul Norris, City of Groton
  • Juliette M. Parker, City of Groton
  • Mark J. Penney, City of Bristol
  • Paula L. Poplawski, Town of Berlin
  • Lauren Post, Town of Groton
  • Mark A. Raimo, Town of Watertown
  • Jill Rusk, City of Groton
  • Elizabeth Sanderson, City of Hartford
  • Cassandra M. Santoro, Town of Vernon
  • Carlo A. Sarmiento, Town of Hamden
  • Roberta Q. Sinatra, Town of Brookfield
  • Amy St. Onge, Town of Thompson
  • Marianne Sylvester, Town of Cromwell
  • Paula Usher, Town of Bethel
  • Chris Tymniak, Town of Stratford
  • Cynthia Varricchio, Town of East Haddam
  • Catherine B. Vikstrom, Town of Bridgewater
  • Elizabeth C. Waters, Town of Bolton
  • Laura E. Webb, City of Waterbury
  • Susan Wilcox, Town of Bridgewater
  • Rickey Lee Williams, Town of Stratford
  • Linda J. Zemienieski, Town of East Haddam

On December 1, 2020 CCM issued certificates of completion to the third CCMO class. 

The following individuals completed 36 hours of study:

  • Raz Alexe, P.E., Town of Litchfield
  • Lisa Baxter, Town of Stafford
  • Anne Marie Burr, Town of Prospect
  • Elizabeth Callahan, Town of Litchfield
  • Mary T. Calorio, Town of Killingly
  • Kimi Cheng, CGFO, Town of Granby
  • Paula Cofrancesco, Town of Bethany
  • Amy Desaulniers, Town of Wolcott
  • Sharon DeVoe, Town of Cromwell
  • Denise Dill, Town of East Haddam
  • Elizabeth Disbrow, Town of Killingworth
  • Harris M. Falk, Town of Westport
  • Camille Gilbert, Town of Rocky Hill
  • Kathleen Griffin, Town of Fairfield
  • Lisa A. Hancock, CPFO, MBA, Town of Tolland
  • John Hennessey, Town of New Canaan
  • Jennifer R. Hilinski-Shirley, Town of South Windsor
  • Andra Ingalls, Town of Ledyard
  • Peggy Jay, Town of New Canaan
  • Debbie Kratochvil, Town of Coventry
  • Sheila M. Lane, CPA, Town of Bethany
  • John Littell, Town of Tolland
  • Maryjane Malavasi, Town of Guilford
  • Tracy Mason, Town of Killingly
  • Nancy Mayeda-Brescia, Town of Rocky Hill
  • Martin Maynard, Town of Windsor
  • Robert Michalik, Town of Plainville
  • W. Kurt Miller, City of Ansonia
  • Rosalyn Moffo, Town of Prospect
  • Gail Moran, Town of Ellington
  • Antoinette Pancaro, Town of North Stonington
  • Denise Parsons, PHR, SHRM-CP, Town of Berlin & Berlin Public Schools
  • Megan Patchkofsky, Town of Prospect
  • Julia Pemberton, Town of Redding
  • Lauren J. Rhines, Town of Madison
  • Michael Rosen, Town of Tolland
  • Anthony Salvatore, Town of Cromwell
  • Jennifer Schmaltz, Town of Wolcott
  • Christine Small, Town of Coventry
  • Jean C. Speck, Town of Kent
  • Gene Sullivan, SPSM, City of Shelton
  • Deborah Swan, Town of Berlin
  • Brian Wissinger, Town of Somers

On December 2, 2019 CCM issued certificates of completion to the second graduating CCMO class.

The following individuals completed 36 hours of study:

  • David Atwater, Town of Groton
  • Andrew Baklik, City of Derby
  • Noelle Bates, City of Bristol
  • Susan Bransfield, Town of Portland
  • Stephen Buccitti, City of Hartford
  • Mary Bylone, Town of Colchester
  • Gary Canapinno, Town of Orange
  • Ray Carpentino, Town of Rocky Hill
  • John C. Carrington, Town of Mansfield
  • Mary Churchill, Town of Bethel
  • Alexander DeSorbo, Town of Woodbury
  • Dee Diamond, City of Milford
  • David Eaton, Town of Union
  • Maryellen Edwards, Town of Woodbury
  • Shaun Gately, Town of Vernon
  • Anthony Genovese, Town of Woodbridge
  • Matt Grimes, Town of New Milford
  • Beth Hamel, Town of Harwinton
  • Brad Heering, Town of Bethel
  • Deborah Heim, Town of Monroe
  • Matt Hoey, Town of Guilford
  • Ron Ing, Town of Stratford
  • Joshua Kelly, Town of Bolton
  • Lyne Landry, Town of Guilford
  • Felicia LaPlante, Town of Ellington
  • Dawn Leger, City of Bristol
  • Dawn Lewis, City of New Haven
  • Leslie McDonough, Town of Mansfield
  • Gary McKeone, Town of East Hartford
  • James McLoughlin, Town of Coventry
  • William Meier, Town of Vernon
  • Karen Mowad, Town of Wolcott
  • Sylvie Napoli, Town of Orange
  • Maureen Nicholson, Town of Pomfret
  • Michael Ninteau, Town of Mansfield
  • Michele Nuhn, Town of Killingworth
  • Aimee Pardee, Town of Redding
  • Michael Purcaro, Town of Vernon
  • Becky Petro, City of Danbury
  • Lisa Plumb, Town of Bethel
  • Tiffany Quinn, Town of Colchester
  • Tammy Reardon, Town of New Milford
  • Todd Rolland, Town of Somers
  • Nancy Rossi, City of West Haven
  • Lori Rotella, Borough of Naugatuck
  • Robert Ruzzo, Town of Windsor
  • Bonnie Ryan, Town of Pomfret
  • Jessica L. Salas, Town of Glastonbury
  • Alice Smith, Town of Redding
  • David Smith, Town of Vernon
  • Shawn Soljour, Town of New Canaan
  • Stanley Staron, Town of East Hartford
  • Katherine R. Stauffer, Town of Redding
  • Lauren Stuck, Town of Granby
  • Joyce Sun, City of Stamford
  • Denise Talbot, Town of Glastonbury
  • Elizabeth Thornton, Town of Bolton
  • Andrew Tierney, Town of Hebron
  • Cherie Trahan, Town of Mansfield
  • Kurt Treiber, Town of Wallingford
  • David Tripp, City of Torrington
  • Hayley Wagner, Town of Marlborough
  • Steven Waznia, Town of Berlin
  • Diane Wheelock, Town of Vernon
  • Sarah Wirtes, Town of Woodbury
  • Michele Wyatt, Town of Colchester

On October 30, 2018 CCM issued certificates of completion to the inaugural CCMO class. 

The following individuals completed 36 hours of study:

  • Tom Banisch, Town of Madison
  • Patricia Bruder, City of Shelton
  • Dionne Craig, Town of Bethel
  • Peter Juszczynski, Town of Windsor Locks
  • Christine Meiers Schatz, Town of Westport
  • Patricia Moisio, Town of Redding
  • Sandra Pierog, Town of Bolton
  • Robert Scannell, Town of Watertown
  • Amy Traversa, Town of Marlborough
  • Thomas Weik, Town of Morris

How to Enroll

Enrolling is easy! During the two enrollment periods, new participants can sign up by completing the following steps:

  1. Log in to your CCM account.
  2. Once logged in, click on your name at the top of the page to access your dashboard.
  3. From your dashboard, click on Certification Enrollment on the left side of the screen.
  4. Review and agree to the Terms and Conditions.
  5. Select Pay Now to complete the transaction.  The enrollment fee is $120.

Please note, eligible classes will not begin to accrue until July 1st.

If the option for Certification Enrollment does not appear on your dashboard, please contact us at


Hear from Paula Cofrancesco, First Selectman for the Town of Bethany, as she shares the benefits of becoming a CCMO.