Mandatory Public Official Training

California law (California Government Code sections 53234 through 53235.2, commonly referred to as “AB 1234”; and California Government Code Section 53237 through 53237.5, or "AB 1661") requires local agency elected officials, legislative body members, and appointed commissioners to receive two hours of ethics and sexual harassment prevention training and education within the first six months of taking office and every two years thereafter if the agency provides any type of compensation, salary, or stipend to those officials.

TRAINING REQUIREMENTS

Members of the City of Montclair City Council, Planning Commission, and Community Activities Commission are subject to the requirements of AB 1234 and AB 1661. If you do not complete these required trainings on time and remain in compliance with both AB 1234 and AB 1661, you may be removed from your seat pending City Council action.

If you are new to the City of Montclair and have not received the training elsewhere within the last two years, you must complete your training within  six months of starting your service with the City. After the initial training courses are completed, you must complete two hours of ethics and sexual harassment training every two years.

OBTAINING TRAINING

THE BELOW-PROVIDED ONLINE COURSES ARE TIMED AND YOUR TRAINING CERTIFICATES MUST SHOW AT LEAST 2 HOURS WAS SPENT COMPLETING THE TRAININGS.

Courses are available through various other providers including, periodically, through the City. We will keep you informed of upcoming training opportunities offered by the City. Please confirm with the training provider in advance that the training complies with the requirements of AB 1234 or AB 1661.  Some good sources of compliant training are the Institute for Local Government and the League of California Cities (CalCities), which may offer live online webinars or in-person training sessions at conferences.

SUBMITTING CERTIFICATES

Once you complete a training course, you will receive a training certificate. Please sign your certificate and submit it to the City Clerk’s Office by email to cityclerk@cityofmontclair.org, in person to the City Clerk, or by mail to City Clerk's Office, City of Montclair, 5111 Benito Street, Montclair, CA 91763. You can also log into your Netfile account (Log in with your email address and reset the password if you haven't set one or forgot it) and upload your certificate there instead to fulfill your upcoming deadline. If you took an online training that allows your certificate to be e-mailed directly to the agency for which the certificate is required, you may have it sent to cityclerk@cityofmontclair.org rather than printing and signing it. The City will retain the certificates as a public record for at least five years.

CHECKING COMPLIANCE STATUS

You are out of compliance if more than two years have passed since the date on your currently-filed certificates of training. If you do not have copies of your most recent certificates, you can request them from the City Clerk or log into NetFile (www.netfile.com/filer) to check your training compliance status (Log in with your email address and reset the password if you haven't set one or forgot it). If you do not see the training expiration dates on your Netfile account, or just need assistance with Netfile, please contact the City Clerk's Office at (909) 625-9416 or email cityclerk@cityofmontclair.org.

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