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County County graduates 11 employees from Leadership Academy

Posted Friday, August 30, 2013

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Pittsboro, NC - On August 23, 2013, Chatham County government hosted its eleventh graduating ceremony for its Leadership Academy, an award-winning program initiated to help employees gain the skills necessary to effectively manage their jobs and prepare them for expanded responsibilities.

The ceremony honored 11 new graduates for 2013, making a total of 177 graduates in this program’s history. The vast majority still works with Chatham County and several have received major promotions.

County Commissioner Chairman Walter Petty said, “I was amazed when I first learned of the county’s Leadership Academy. It clearly has helped us grow leaders from within using our own staff as instructors. What a great asset this is.”

The graduates for 2013 are: Angela Allen, Finance; Arthur Ross Barber, Jr., Central Permitting; William W. Bussey, Jr., Parks & Recreation; Brad Clewis and Jarek Payden, Sheriff’s Office; Stacey Craven, Social Services; Jennifer Gillis and Dana Haven, Library; Brian Stevens, Public Works; Rachel Thorn, Environmental Quality; and Rosalyn Way, County Manager’s Office.

County Manager Charlie Horne conceived the idea of the Leadership Academy, which was started in 2002 with a focus on building skills for supervisors. “Over time, staff tweaked the curriculum to as needed for changing needs, including reaching those who are not supervisors but can still be stronger leaders,” Horne said.

Over two years, those in the supervisory track must successfully complete 106 hours of classes, including 96 hours of mandatory classes and 10 hours of electives. The non-supervisory track requires 68 hours of classes, including 48 hours of mandatory classes and 22 hours of electives.

Classes range from effective communications and conflict management to budgeting and financial planning and computer classes.

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