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Flagler County Florida - Flagler County Commissioners achieve advanced certifications at FAC 13 July 2022 ( news )
Flagler County , state Florida ( By Press Release office)
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July 13 , 2022
– All five Flagler County commissioners have achieved an “advanced” designation from the Institute for County Government ( ICG ) during the Florida Association of Counties ( FAC ) conference held late in June . Commissioner Donald O’Brien was elected to serve on the FAC Board of Directors . Chair Joe Mullins continues to serve on the FAC Federal Policy Committee and the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Policy Committee .
Andy Dance , the newest member of the Board of County Commissioners , earned the Advanced County Commissioner Level I . Mullins , Vice Chair Greg Hansen , and Dave Sullivan each earned the Advanced County Commissioner Level II . O’Brien earned his Level II during last year’s conference . There are a mere 41 graduates of the Level II program .
“As the highest designation offered by ICG , commissioners are challenged to confront the most intricate and complex issues that face Florida , ” said Eric Poole , the Institute for County Government’s Executive Director . “These commissioners who volunteer to dedicate time and energy into earning this designation exemplify the quality of leaders we have on a local level in Florida . ”
The Advanced County Commissioner Level I educational program – consisting of three two - day seminars and 27 hours of total coursework – focuses on leadership development with an emphasis on the future of Florida and is a follow up to the Certified County Commissioners . Since the program was launched in 2006 , a total of 285 commissioners have earned this designation .
“This program brings together commissioners who are committed to facing Florida’s greatest challenges and allows them to collaborate and grow as they learn new strategies , which they may use to better their communities , ” Poole added .
Both advanced level programs are made possible through a Florida Association of Counties partnership with the University of Florida/IFAS Extension . The Florida Association of Counties , founded in 1929 , represents the diverse interests of Florida’s counties , emphasizing the importance of protecting home rule – the concept that communities and their local leaders should make the decisions that impact their community .
“The FAC is important to each and every county , ” said Commissioner Dave Sullivan . “The organization ensures that the really big issues – the ones that affect all county governments – are handled appropriately . They help us serve our residents better through advocacy and fostering collaboration . ”
O’Brien will play a key role in overseeing the association’s efforts and initiatives during his two - year term of office .
“As an elected member of the Board of Directors , a commissioner must be committed to representing the local interests and be willing to speak up for their communities , ” said FAC Executive Director Ginger Delegal . “Commissioner O’Brien has demonstrated these qualities and been carefully selected by fellow commissioners to take on this position . I am confident he will excel on the Board of Directors and lead with grace and skillfulness . ”
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