Local city secretary association assisting others

Citing a need to help local city secretaries be up-to-date with the latest information necessary for them, the Lower Rio Grande Valley City Secretary’s Association has been meeting monthly to provide them with that information.

At their latest meeting Wednesday at the Alton recreational Center, Robert M. Sumners, director of government filings for Office of the Secretary of State, spoke to city secretaries from the cities of Alton, Peñitas, McAllen and more on the latest happening for Texas Notaries.

20180919 CitySecretaries“There are approximately 434,000 notaries in Texas, they are critical to the business community,” Sumners said. “They function to promote commerce. Deeds need to be notarized, as do wills, contracts and other forms that makes commerce function.”

The two hour workshop included information on general notary laws and information on how notaries function, something that city secretaries do in their capacity.

Anna Valdez, president of the Lower Rio Grande Valley City Secretary’s Association and city secretary for Peñitas said the organization routinely brings speakers down to the Valley to make it easier for city secretaries from smaller cities.

“Sometimes we can’t go out of town for trainings and workshops that occur in Austin or other places so we reach out to speakers so they can come down here instead,” Valdez said. “These workshops are open to everyone in the Valley, not just city secretaries and we have speakers who educate us in topics that would be beneficial to us as clerks for the cities.”

Speakers from previous presentations have spoken about topics such as the open meetings act, public information request and the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. For more information on this organization, go to their Facebook page at.facebook.com/lrgvsecretaries.

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