Township clerk earns Governance credential

FLINT TOWNSHIP — Clerk Kathy Funk has taken the next step to enhance the effectiveness of her job, according to a press release.

With her completion of the Michigan Townships Association’s (MTA) intensive Township Governance Academy (TGA), Funk now has access to enhanced tools and decision-making processes that will help shape her community for years to come.

Funk has earned MTA’s coveted TGA credential and hopes to continue to focus on the future and use strategic planning to position her township for success.

“I know I have been given the foundation to be the most effective board member I can be for the residents and businesses of Flint Charter Township,” Funk said. “I started this position with my focus on all things clerk-related. TGA has broadened my perspective on my role as an effective board member and to look outside of the here and now to the future.”

TGA is a voluntary credentialing program intended to provide township board members and other local leaders with cutting-edge knowledge and expanded skills needed to assist in making more effective decisions for the benefit of their township. The Academy, which challenges candidates to tie together learning and practical experience, consists of 11 courses and includes a requirement for elective credits.

Created and administered by the MTA Knowledge Center, this program is designed to professionally challenge township officials by offering new ideas, sharing best practices and providing a hands-on approach to dealing more effectively with everyday issues that the board may face. Funk knows her certificate won’t just hang on the wall—it’s the key to fully understanding her role on the board.

Funk was elected clerk in 2016 after a decade of work in the township hall, first on a part-time basis before taking a full-time position. She was transferred to the clerk’s office in 2012 and ran for office when the previous clerk retired. Previously, she was a member of the Junior League of Flint, where she served as president for the 2003- 2004 term. She was awarded for her service to the League with the Mary Hobert Award in 2005. She also won a second-place award for best editor/ writer from the Catholic Press Association in 2001.

Funk completed the MTA Governance at a record pace – one year. Of 140 graduates since the program began in 2004, Funk is the fourth person in Genesee County to complete it, she said. She organized a mock election at Carman- Ainsworth High School to fulfill her practicum requirement

Supervisor Karyn Miller announced Funk’s accomplishment at the May 5 township board meeting.

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