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Chatham County hosts Leadership Academy graduation for employees

Posted Thursday, August 21, 2014

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Pittsboro, NC - On August 15, 2014, Chatham County government hosted its twelfth 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. All classes are led by county employees.

The 2014 graduating class included seven employees: Denice Bryant and Courtney Goldston, County Manager’s Office; Al Davis, Central Permitting; Donna Holland, Facilities; Wendy Lemons, Social Services; Barry Oldham, Health; and Lindsay K. Ray, Clerk to the Board of Commissioners.

County Commissioner Vice Chairman Brian Bock congratulated the graduates. “We have a terrific team of employees and they work very hard. This program has helped them develop the abilities to truly be the best.”

County Manager Charlie Horne said that it is up to the graduates to nurture and utilize what they have gained from the Leadership Academy. “You are challenged to be like the seeds that grow in fertile soil rather than languishing on rocky terrain.”

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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