Carrie Kellogg, Elections Operations Manager for Jefferson County, has been designated as a Certified Elections/Registration Administrator (CERA), the highest professional achievement, in ceremonies conducted by the Election Center at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel, Boston, MA, at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, August 17, 2012.
CERA designation is achieved only through a multi-year course of study conducted by the Election Center’s Professional Education Program and completion of twelve core courses taught by the Master's in Public Administration faculty of Auburn University (Auburn, Alabama) ranging from ethics, to voter registration and elections law, planning, communications, and voter participation, among others. The intent of the program is to professionalize the management of voter registration and elections administration in promoting and preserving public trust in the democratic process.
“This is the highest designation available to elections and voter registration officials,” said R. Doug Lewis, director of the Center. “Of more than 21,000 elections and voter registration officials throughout America, this graduating class of 57 professionals takes us to 734 election officials who have achieved the CERA status. This is an outstanding accomplishment.”
“Jefferson County is indeed fortunate to have Carrie as one of the top designated professionals in America. Obtaining and maintaining CERA status means that she has committed to a career long process of continuing education to improve the electoral process in Colorado and the nation,” he stated.
“These truly are the people who make democracy possible,” Lewis said. “Carrie and other CERA professionals serve as the nation’s protectors of the democratic process. Because of them, Americans have a trust and public confidence in the election process. They have assurance that the system is fair, free, honest and accurate.”
Carrie Kellogg, an elections official for fifteen years, said “This is one of the most challenging education programs I have ever participated in. I am very proud to be counted amongst the few CERA graduates to have successfully completed the program.”
“It is my great honor to assure that the public’s will is accurately reflected in our elections,” Kellogg said. “I see my role to dignify all potential voters and to remove as many barriers as possible to participation in the democratic process.”
The Professional Education Program is sponsored by The Election Center, a non-profit association of voter registrars and elections administrators throughout America. Its membership is comprised of township, city, county and state elections officials. The Center’s primary purpose is education for local and state voter registrars and elections officials to promote and improve the democratic process.
Professional Education Program participants receive continuing education credit from Auburn University as well as professional training credits from The Election Center.
The Professional Education Program was recognized in 1996 as the top continuing education program in America by the National University Continuing Education Association.
“Carrie’s commitment to furthering her professional education through this program is reflective of our office’s commitment to provide the most professional, well trained staff to the voters of Jefferson County,” said Pam Anderson, Jefferson County Clerk and Recorder. “We are extremely proud of Carrie’s accomplishments,” added Anderson.
Carrie Kellogg joined the Jefferson County Elections Division in 2006 and has served as the Elections Operations Manager since August of 2009. Kellogg previously worked for the Park County Clerk & Recorder’s Office and the Denver Election Commission. Kellogg joins Deputy of Elections Josh Liss as the second CERA graduate serving the voters of Jefferson County.
Kellogg’s devotion to work and being present in the office where she manages many of the day-to-day operations of the Elections Division prevented her from attending the graduation ceremonies in person.
“I have always felt my job was special, but this program emphasized the ethical commitment we have to the democratic process and our role in protecting the public’s interest,” Kellogg said. “We’ve got an important election right around the corner, and while I am proud of this accomplishment and congratulate my classmates, we’ve got to work to do to make sure we are ready for November.”