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Lake Commissioner Linda Stewart graduates from Florida Association of Counties certification program

RELEASE DATE: July 8, 2009

TAVARES — The Florida Association of Counties (FAC) presented Lake County Commissioner Linda Stewart with the Certified County Commissioner (CCC) designation following her completion of a comprehensive study program developed by the association.

Commissioner Stewart received the designation along with 11 other county commissioners during an awards ceremony held at the FAC Annual Conference on June 23-26 in Collier County.
“The certification program gave me the opportunity to study many of the skills that are needed to be an effective elected official in our County Government,” said Lake County Commissioner Linda Stewart. “During the certification program I was also able to network with other county commissioners and learn about ideas and programs that could help improve Lake County’s services."
The CCC certification is not a requirement to serve as a county commissioner in Florida; however, county commissioners may voluntarily enroll in the program and complete a series of courses totaling 42 hours. The coursework is designed to provide information and enhance skills relevant to a commissioner’s duties and responsibilities as an elected official.
“This certification allows our citizen electorate to become experts in county government improving their communities,” said FAC Executive Director Chris Holley. “The more than 230 graduates is a testament to the importance of this program to Florida and our counties.”
The CCC program coursework covers a variety of topics, such as county government roles and responsibilities, county government structure and authority, financial management, ethics and Sunshine Law, negotiation skills, economic development and effective communication. Completion of all coursework averages 18 to 24 months.
For more information about the CCC program and courses, log on to 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.



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