TAMPA — The Florida Association of Counties (FAC) has presented Commissioner Sean M. Parks, Lake County District 2, with the Certified County Commissioner (CCC) designation following his completion of a comprehensive study program developed by the association.
Commissioner Parks graduated with eight other county commissioners from throughout Florida during an awards ceremony at the FAC Annual Conference in Hillsborough County.
“I expect this designation will be a great benefit to Lake County,” said Commissioner Parks. “The processes of government are very complex. The program has helped me become more informed on standard practices and also helped me understand how solutions to challenges are found in other counties.”
Obtaining the CCC designation 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,” said FAC Executive Director Chris Holley. “The 337 graduates of this program is a testament to the importance of this curriculum to Florida’s public servants 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 12 to 18 months. The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Services sponsored this program.
For more information about the CCC program and courses, visit the FAC website at www.fl-counties.com.