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Director’sDesk Time to Focus on Leadership Development O By Ross King Executive Director Lifelong learning is the key to providing the best possible leadership to Georgia’s communities. ver the years as count y off icia ls have completed the Commissioners Training Program or the Certified Commissioners Advanced Program (CCAP), many have expressed appreciation for the opportunity to participate in these experiences. All too often, these statements are followed by words of relief or satisfaction that training is completed. While individuals that meet the requirements for these levels of training have the certificate to show the standards have been met, does this really mean that there is no need for additional leadership development? Based on the complexity of issues and challenges facing counties and the changing nature of public attitudes towards governance, lifelong learning is the key to providing the best possible leadership to Georgia’s communities. The training programs offered in partnership between Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) and the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia were developed more than two decades ago. While the courses offered have been updated and changed since their inception, ACCG recognizes it is time to build upon the foundation of these programs to provide more specialized and advanced training. In the last year, the association focused attention on improving customer service, updating the policy development process, redesigning conference agendas, examining organizational efficiencies and establishing a platform from which to expand membership services and discounts for counties. While ACCG will continue to move ahead in these areas, a major initiative this year will include assessing the training programs and expanding opportunities for leadership development. The need to offer more specialized training in the areas of finance, human resources, capital improvement programs, health and human services and other areas is growing. Courses need to account for the diversity in population size and demographics. While ACCG is interested in expanding online offerings, the association also understands and endorses the benefits of peerto-peer interaction that only comes from coming together in a classroom environment. But, that classroom may be mobile, offering the ability to showcase innovative programs and facilities in a much more interactive and engaging way. This new approach to training will take time to shape, and ACCG will work with the Vinson Institute to ensure that expanded leadership development offerings are supported by their expertise and recognized by the University of Georgia. ACCG also will work with a new Training Committee comprised of elected and appointed county officials that will be named this year. In the meantime, remember that leadership development is a lifelong process and that ACCG is committed to providing timely and relevant training for newly elected and veteran commissioners alike. Give the upcoming August Mobile Classroom a try, or sign up for an elective training class that addresses a concern in your community even if your certification is already completed. Attend a policy committee meeting this summer, and watch for Standard of Excellence continuing education sessions at this fall’s Legislative Leadership Conference. Commit to a lifetime of learning and take advantage of all that ACCG has to offer. ■ MAY/JUNE 2011 9

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia County Government - May/June 2011

Georgia County Government - May/June 2011
Table of Contents
President’s Message
Director’s Desk
Oconee County: Growth Driven by Quality of Life and Strong Schools
ACCG Annual Meeting Highlights
ACCG and Gas South Affinity Program Saves You Money on Natural Gas
GCIP Interns Help Map the Future for Bartow County
Georgia Geospatial Advisory Council Advises Use of GIS
Douglas County Incorporates Sustainable Design into Plans for the New Adult Detention and Law Enforcement Center
Deliberate Indifference to a Serious Medical Need: Inmate Claims under § 1983
News & Notes
Index of Advertisers

Georgia County Government - May/June 2011