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Commissioner Estep received the designation with 48 other county commissioners during an awards ceremony held at the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) Annual Conference in Orange County, Florida.
“It is a profound privilege to serve the people of Sumter County. The responsibility that comes with that privilege gave me a course of action to become certified at the earliest opportunity possible. I look forward to strengthening my professional development with the Advanced County Commissioner program in the future,” said Commissioner Craig Estep.
The CCC designation is not required in order to serve as a county commissioner in Florida. However, county commissioners may voluntarily enroll in the program to learn additional information and foster skills relevant to their duties and responsibilities as an elected official. Since the inception of the program, a total of 537 Florida commissioners have received the CCC designation.
“The program provides fundamental information to effectively serve as a county commissioner. With an all-encompassing supply of topics, commissioners are able to explore the intricacies of county government and gain valuable assets to enhance their public service every day,” said Institute for County Government’s Executive Director, Eric Poole. “Participants in the program go above and beyond, and their commitment continues to produce exceptional service for Florida’s counties.”
CCC participants must complete a total of 45 hours of coursework in order to graduate. The program’s coursework covers a variety of topics, such as ethics and Sunshine Law, county government roles and responsibilities, county government structure and authority, financial management, growth management, negotiation skills, economic development, and effective communication.
The University of Florida/IFAS Extension sponsors the Institute’s educational programs. For more information about the Institute or the CCC programs and courses, visit the ICG website at https://flicg.org .