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The David Sanders Administration Building at the Brunswick County Government Complex in Bolivia. Photo Courtesy of Brunswick County

Brunswick County Commissioners Marty Cooke, Pat Sykes and Frank Williams continue their education of public service outside of the commissioners’ chambers by participating in the Local Elected Leaders Academy (LELA), a partnership with the UNC School of Government, the N.C. Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) and the N.C. League of Municipalities, offering local elected officials courses for leading and governing their communities.

According to a written release from Brunswick County, county commissioners were recognized for their participation in both educational programs and service to the NCACC. As commissioners increase education and service, they earn credits toward recognition at three levels: Practitioner, Master and Mentor. The NCACC tracks credits and recognizes participation every year at the Annual Conference, according to the release.

Commissioners Sykes and Williams were recognized by the NCACC for meeting the requirements for the practitioner level in the LELA. Commissioner Cooke was recognized by the NCACC for meeting the requirements for the Master level in the LELA.

“LELA recognizes county commissioners who have dedicated themselves to becoming effective local leaders for their communities,” said NCACC Executive Director Kevin Leonard. “The roles and responsibilities of county commissioners are constantly changing, and the LELA program helps them keep up with the latest information.”

“The LELA opportunity is an incredible experience which is a great asset to help folks be better and more effective as elected officials,” Commissioner Cooke said.

Commissioner Sykes echoed his sentiments, adding, “It’s a great opportunity to help us with our jobs as county commissioners.”

“I believe leaders should constantly strive to improve their skills and base of knowledge, and the Local Elected Leaders Academy provides an opportunity to do just that,” said Commissioner Williams.

“The coursework is valuable, but the opportunity to interact with and learn from commissioners serving in other counties is equally important. One of the courses I attended focused on strategic planning for public bodies, and I look forward to putting that information to work as we revise and update Brunswick County’s strategic vision in the coming months.”

The next Brunswick County commissioners meeting is scheduled for 5:45 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21, in the Commissioners’ Chambers located at 30 Government Center in Bolivia. For more information you can visit the county website here.