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LaMATS Supports LMCA Institute with Scholarships/Training

LaMATS was proud to support the week-long Louisiana Municipal Clerks Association Institute (Oct. 23-27) through event sponsorship, expert procurement training and awarding of the annual Mayor Eugene Smith Scholarships to six deserving Municipal Clerks.

The scholarships, named in honor of the late Arcadia Mayor and longtime LaMATS Board Member, Eugene Smith, cover Institute registration and travel expenses for Clerks attending this important annual training opportunity. The following LMCA members were selected this year by the association’s Scholarship Committee: Chance Gowan of Oil City; Shaunica Pates of Bonita; Eugenia Humbles of Ida; Annissa Woodard of Jackson; Halli Polotzola of Washington; and Dianne Futch of Dubberly.

LaMATS Executive Director Cliff Palmer praised the group for their dedication to professional training and public service, saying, “The challenging role of Municipal Clerk requires a wide range of skills and talents, and the Institute is an essential part of building that skillset. We thank the LMCA and this year’s scholarship recipients for their work on behalf of Louisiana local governments.”

After the scholarship presentation, LaMATS Procurement Consultant Paul Holmes and Claire Shaw, Project Coordinator, delivered a slide presentation on Surplus Property definition and disposition and how Louisiana’s Public Bid Law applies to the process of municipal procurement.

Top: LaMATS Staff with the 2023 Recipients of the LaMATS Mayor Eugene Smith Scholarships to the LMCA Institute. Bottom: Paul Holmes, Procurement Consultant and lead for LaMATS Purchasing Services (LPS).


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