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Flagler County Florida - Flagler County holds graduation for third Leadership Academy class 22 June 2022 ( news )
Flagler County , state Florida ( By Press Release office)
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June 21 , 2022
– The start of the regular meeting of the County Commission on Monday ( June 20 ) was atypical as students of the third cohort of the Flagler County Leadership Academy were recognized during a brief graduation ceremony .
Sixteen students – representing the Flagler County Board of County Commissioners , the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office , the Flagler County Tax Collector’s Office , Flagler County Supervisor of Elections , and Flagler Schools , as well as the cities of Bunnell , Flagler Beach , and Palm Coast – were presented diplomas for completing this leadership development program .
“I think it is extremely important for our community that we continue to develop the next generation of leaders , ” said County Administrator Heidi Petito , a graduate of the inaugural class . “I would like to show my appreciation to the Board of County Commissioners for their continued commitment to our organization’s success in the establishment of this leadership program . ”
Former county administrator Jerry Cameron and Joe Saviak – an independent consultant who previously taught Public Administration at Flagler College – facilitated the program . The materials and methodology of the Academy are in line with graduate level - coursework , and the program is structured like those undertaken by Fortune 500 companies .
“I remember the first day of class when Professor Cameron offered $100 of his own money to anyone who would bow out gracefully and not waste anyone’s time being there if they weren’t going to fully commit , ” said class Valedictorian Lakesha Byrd , financial services coordinator for the City of Bunnell . “No one stood . I was a little unnerved at that moment , because how hard could this course be for him to pay people to leave . ”
The rigorous curriculum was designed to develop the potential of top - tier staff , to further professionalize the agencies , and to establish succession planning . The course of study utilized an intimate class size to promote a high level of student engagement . More than 40 hours of external training included opportunities to participate in executive level planning and issue resolution .
“We teach the strategies , subjects , and skills proven to ensure success as a leader . We strengthen teamwork within and across local governments , ” Saviak said . “Students learn best practices to optimize effectiveness and efficiency for the citizens they serve . ”
Flagler County Leadership Academy 2022 Graduates ( listed alphabetically ) : Joseph Barile , Commander , Flagler County Sheriff’s Office; George Bender , Commander , Flagler County Sheriff’s Office; Lakesha Byrd , Financial Services Coordinator , City of Bunnell; Stephen Cox , Captain , Flagler Beach Fire Department; Leonard Ensalaco , Chief Training Officer , Flagler County Fire Rescue; Amelia Fulmer , Director , Flagler Auditorium; Ashley Godby , Payroll Assistant , Tax Collectors Office; Adam Mengel , Growth Management Director , Flagler County; Chris Nakabaale , Operations Administrator , Supervisor of Elections Office; Krystal Nelson , Tax Collectors Office; Joe Saloom , Assistant Library Director , Flagler County; Melanie Thomas , Extension Director , Flagler County; Michael Tucker , Fire Chief , Flagler County Fire Rescue; Timothy Udell , Tax Collectors Office; Tim Wilsey , Human Resources Manager , City of Palm Coast; and , Bernard Woodward , Commander , Flagler County Sheriff’s Office .
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