The Florida League of Cities and the John Scott Dailey Florida Institute of Government are proud to bring you the Institute for Elected Municipal Officials (IEMO). This educational program is specially designed for newly elected officials and those with less than one term in office.
The primary objective of the IEMO is to provide elected municipal officials with an intensive academic program that will assist them in effectively meeting the requirements of their elected role. The program offers a comprehensive overview of Florida municipal government, presented by a faculty of top professionals in the field.
The IEMO is a three-day program structured in a Friday through Sunday format. The IEMO is offered at different locations throughout the state.
Created in 1992, the IEMO has assisted more than 1,800 elected officials. Please contact Gail Dennard at the Florida League of Cities at 1-(800) 342-8112 if you have questions or need more information.
The curriculum is divided into six instructional modules, taught in the following schedule:
Dates and Sites
Structure and Function of Cities in Florida - 3-hour session includes: Constitutional and statutory authority of cities; city charter contents and similarities/differences within FL; roles of elected officials; forms of municipal government; municipal services and service delivery; current challenges facing FL municipalities.
Effective Council Member Techniques - 3-hour session includes: Effective personal habits of listening, coalition-building and collaboration; communication skills; group dynamics and appropriate group roles; dysfunctional group roles and how to work when dysfunctional types are in your group.
Lunch activity - Personal and governmental liability, including 25-minute video presentation with questions and answers on risk reduction, hiring practices, quasi-judicial proceedings, public conduct at meetings and liability resources (one hour).
Taxes & Revenues for Municipal Governments - 3.5 hour course includes: Explanation of each Constitutional, legislative and Home Rule revenue source for a Florida municipality; examples of revenues most frequently used within FL cities, towns and villages; review of requirements for municipal investment policies; discussion of challenges/issues within each revenue source.
Budgeting and Accounting for Florida’s Cities - 3-hour course includes: Governmental accounting overview and explanation of Government Accounting Standards Board; review of fund types for municipal governments; review of budget types, and most common budget usages within FL; review of reserve and fund-balance policies; review of debt and debt-issuance procedures; review of budgetary calendar and state fiscal requirements for budget adoption; review of fiscal responsibilities for elected officials; review of financial resources for elected officials.
Lunch activity - networking with other city officials (one hour).
Intergovernmental Relations in Florida - 1.75-hour course includes: Review of state branches of government and their respective powers; county, school and special district government reviews and sources of power/authority; review of regional and quasi-governmental entities like water management districts; discussion of issues for municipalities with each branch; review of resources for each level of government.
Florida Ethics Law - 2-hour course includes: Constitutional ethics law and chapter 112 review; discussion of reporting for gifts and issues related to gift law; voting conflicts; nepotism laws; overall discussion of a culture of ethics within a municipal government.
Florida’s Open Government Laws - 2-hour course includes: Florida open meeting law (one hour) and Florida public records law (one hour); extensive review of case histories, attorney general opinions in each law and application for municipalities; discussion of technology and its ever-changing impact upon public meetings and public records (social media, etc.).
Lunch activity - Discussion of the history and services of the Florida League of Cities (30 minutes).
These topics were selected to provide a comprehensive overview of the critical issues that are addressed by municipal government officials. It is suggested that participants review their municipal charter, policies and budget to prepare for the classes, and may want to bring these materials along. Speakers will provide hand-outs and resource material.
Certificate for Completion
A certificate of attendance will be presented within a few weeks of successful completion of the program of study.
Registration and Fees
A registration fee of $300 covers instructional costs, materials, refreshment breaks and lunch on Friday and Sunday. Be sure to note the advance registration deadline, as space will be limited. See registration form for details.
For cancellations, written notice must be received no later than the advance registration deadline to receive a refund.
Graduates of the IEMO or those elected city officials who have completed one or more terms in office are eligible for the Advanced Institute.
The Institute of Government offers online ethics training, as well as an annual ethics conference.
The Florida League of Cities also offers several training opportunities throughout the year including an annual educational conference and legislative conference.