Karen Young, President Pro Tem of The City of Frederick Board of Alderman, was recently named a Fellow in The Academy for Excellence in Local Governance upon completion of the Academy’s certified program.
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Alderman Karen Young Named Fellow in The Academy for Excellence in Local Governance
Frederick, MD -- Karen Young, President Pro Tem of The City of Frederick Board of Alderman, was recently named a Fellow in The Academy for Excellence in Local Governance upon completion of the Academy’s certified program. Alderman Young received the Academy certificate at the graduation ceremony on Sunday, September 15, 2013 at Memorial Chapel on the College Park campus of the University of Maryland.
The Academy for Excellence in Local Governance, a professional development program, is a unique voluntary program open to all elected officials in Maryland. This program was developed to assist local government officials understand and make decisions on complex issues that may have significant implication on their jurisdictions and is designed to provide elected officials with leadership needs to meet the many challenges that affect Maryland’s jurisdictions.
Alderman Young said, ““This course curriculum is instrumental in giving municipal elected officials the knowledge and resources necessary to make information-based decisions.”
To receive the Academy Certificate, participants in the municipal track must complete nine specifies core classes and five elective classes of their choice. The nine core classes are as listed below.
• Basics of Risk Management
• Conducting Effective Meetings
• Consensus and Team Building
• Employment Issues
• Municipal Budgeting
• Open Meetings
• Public Information Act
• Structure of Municipal Government
The objectives of the Academy are to:
1. increase understanding of local government and how it functions
2. promote high ethical standards in public service
3. provide an informational base for more informed policy making
4. develop the capacity of local officials to govern effectively, and
5. Recognize local officials for their educational efforts.
Academy classes are taught by experienced officials, proven practitioners, and university faculty. The Academy for Excellence in Local Governance was established in 1998 as a collaborative effort among the University of Maryland's Institute for Governmental Service and Research, the Maryland Municipal League (MML) and the Maryland Associations of Counties (MACo).