League Vice President
On May 21, Athens Mayor Ronnie Marks was elected by his municipal colleagues to serve as Vice President of the Alabama League of Municipalities for 2018-2019. He was elected and took office during the League’s annual convention, which was held in Montgomery May 19-22.
League Executive Director Ken Smith looks forward to working with Mayor Marks over the next year. “Ronnie has been actively involved with the League for many years,” Smith said. “He has served on a number of League committees, including our Executive Committee, and his municipal knowledge and leadership skills have been an asset to our organization. He will serve us well as Vice President.” Mayor Marks also serves on the Board of Directors for the Alabama Municipal Insurance Corporation (AMIC), a mutual insurance company created by the League in 1989 to provide Alabama’s municipalities with liability insurance.
Mayor Marks began his municipal service in 2004 as a councilmember and assumed the position of mayor in 2010 when the former mayor won a seat in the Alabama Legislature. He was elected to his first full term in 2012. He has completed the League’s Basic and Advanced Certified Municipal Official (CMO) programs and is currently working on his CMO Emeritus designation, which is awarded to officials who have acquired a minimum of 120 credit hours of Continuing CMO Education through a series of one-day programs designed especially for mayors and councilmembers who voluntarily wish to receive formal training in municipal government. Emeritus status also requires earning a total of 15 points, which can be achieved by participating on ALM policy committees and attending specific ALM and National League of Cities (NLC) events. Through these programs, Mayor Marks has received formal classroom training in subjects such as council meeting procedures; parliamentary procedure; the Open Meetings Law; public records; ordinance drafting; conflicts of interest; the State Ethics Law; duties of the mayor and council; tort liability; the competitive bid law; zoning and planning; annexation; municipal regulatory powers; municipal revenues and expenditures; personnel actions; and leadership development.