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    Jeffco Deputy of Elections CERA Graduate

    Josh Liss, Deputy of Elections for Jefferson County, will be designated as a Certified Elections/Registration Administrator (CERA), the highest professional achievement, in ceremonies conducted by the Election Center at the Westin on the Riverwalk Hotel, San Antonio, TX, at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, August 19, 2011.

    CERA designation is achieved only through a multi-year course of study conducted by The Election Center’s Professional Education Program and completion of 12 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 88 professionals takes us to 677 election officials who have achieved the CERA status. This is an outstanding accomplishment.”

    “Jefferson County is indeed fortunate to have Josh as one of the top designated professionals in America. Obtaining and maintaining CERA status means that he 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. “Josh 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. In many parts of the world, their citizens have no faith in the form of democracy offered in their home countries. The importance of what Josh is doing for Jefferson County is incredible but rarely noticed…unless something goes wrong.”

    Josh Liss, an elections official for 10 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,” Liss said. “I see my role to dignify all potential voters and to remove as many barriers as possible to participation in the democratic process. Our office cannot be responsible for how many actually turn out for each election, but we can certainly be sure that they have the opportunity to vote and have their votes counted accurately.”

    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.

    “Normally most Americans don't even know the election officials exist in their community and that they work constantly to protect the democratic process for its citizens," Lewis said. "Due to Election 2000, we now know just how important and complicated elections can be. In my opinion, the elections officials deserve the highest recognition that a community can give. If they don't do their job well, then citizens have no faith in the democratic process itself. Without faith in the process, it is almost impossible to believe in government itself – and that is a very large responsibility.”

    A native of Jefferson County, Josh Liss began serving as the appointed Deputy County Clerk and Recorder in Charge of Elections (Deputy of Elections) in 2007 under Jefferson County Clerk Pam Anderson. Liss previously served as the Elections Coordinator for Boulder County in 2005 and 2006, and before that worked in the Elections Division of the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office under then-Secretary Donetta Davidson.

    Liss and his wife, Kindra, are expecting their second child in mid-August, which will prevent him from attending the graduation ceremonies in person.

    “It is an honor to be recognized through the CERA program,” Liss said. “I am proud of the accomplishment and I congratulate each of my classmates graduating this year, but family comes first.”

    July 19, 2011

    Last Updated: 8-19-2014