INDIAN RIVER COUNTY —
The Florida Association of Counties (FAC) presented Indian River County Commissioners Peter O’Bryan, Wesley Davis and Joe Flescher with the Advanced County Commissioner (ACC) designation following their completion of a comprehensive study program developed by the association.
Launched by FAC in 2006, the Advanced County Commissioner education program, “The Florida Forum for County Leaders”, is an advanced leadership program designed for graduates of the Certified County Commissioners (CCC) program. This year, the program has been held in Gainesville and will see 18 commissioners graduate in June with a total of 72 graduating since the inception of the program in 2006.
The ACC program is organized as a series of three seminars, with 27 hours of course work. The course content focuses on leadership with an overarching theme of growth and development in Florida. Participating commissioners must commit to fully participate in all three seminars in order to graduate. Seminars include: Leadership Skills in Florida’s Growth Environment ; Strategic Visioning & Implementing that Vision, and Understanding and Working with Stakeholders in Florida’s Growth Environment. This year, the University of Florida/IFAS Extension sponsored the program in Alachua County.
“This certification allows our citizen electorate to become experts in county government improving their communities,” said FAC Executive Director Chris Holley. “Through FAC’s education programs we are able to teach commissioners how to advance their policies through the complexities of government bureaucracies.”
For more information about the ACC program and courses, visit the FAC web site at www.fl-counties.com. Founded in 1929, the Florida Association of Counties is a non-profit association representing the diverse interests of Florida’s 67 counties. Created in 1998, the Florida Association of Counties County Commissioners Voluntary Certification program has certified 310 county commissioners on the complexities of county government and public life.