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Brooks completes certified county commissioner program

— The Florida Association of Counties recently presented Highlands County Commissioner James Brooks with the Certified County Commissioner designation following completion of a comprehensive study program developed by the association.

Brooks received the designation with 41 other county commissioners during an awards ceremony held at the FAC Annual Conference in Orange County.

“As a newly elected county commissioner, I found the CCC program very beneficial in getting up to speed in the many areas of responsibility and decision making I am confronted with as a commissioner. The various elective and required classes give a good basis for understanding Florida Statutes relating to county government history and responsibility,” Brooks said.

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 380 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/IFAS Extension sponsors this program.