Bunnell – Eleven executives, managers, and professionals graduated from the Flagler County Local Government Leadership Academy at a special ceremony at the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office Operations Center on Thursday February 2nd.

The graduates are:

Gina Allman, Flagler County Tax Collector’s Office

Kaitlyn Bennett, Flagler County Tax Collector’s Office

Dave Freeman, Flagler Schools

Anne Hunter, Flagler County Tax Collector’s Office

Lisa Leeman, Flagler County Tax Collector’s Office

Lisa Lynch, Flagler County Sheriff’s Office

Liz Mathis, City of Flagler Beach

Robert Ouellette, Flagler Schools

Scott Vedder, Flagler County Sheriff’s Office

Randy Vickers, Flagler County Sheriff’s Office

Jessica Westbrook, Flagler County Tax Collector’s Office

In this four month executive education program which meets weekly for two hour classes at the Tax Collector’s Office, the graduates studied important topics like leadership, human resources, budgeting, risk management, customer service, program evaluation, teamwork, and organizational culture.  Students read two highly regarded books on leadership and completed a series of real-world assignments.  They enhanced their knowledge of successful leadership and strengthened valuable skills like research, writing, presenting, analysis, decision-making, teamwork, project management, communication, problem-solving, and planning.  They learned best practices and to utilize data-driven decision-making to select policies and programs with proven performance.

“As leaders, we have to be thinking about today, tomorrow, and ten and fifty years from today.  This academy helps our current leaders be their best and it effectively prepares emerging leaders for future roles.  We congratulate all of our graduates on this accomplishment.  We look forward to seeing your continued success as you and those you lead create a very bright future for Flagler County for many years to come,” stated Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly.

“We are grateful for the strong partnerships across local governments which make this program possible.  By teaching best practices in successful leadership, we help ensure that local government always operates effectively and efficiently to best serve citizens,” said Dr. Joe Saviak who taught the leadership academy.

“Leadership is the single greatest predictor of how successful any organization will be.  This academy teaches students the key subjects and specific skills to ensure these leaders excel in their roles and responsibilities.  We teach everything that citizens and employees would want and expect in our leaders,” stated Flagler County Tax Collector Suzanne Johnston who organized and hosted the classes at her main office.

The next Flagler County Local Government Leadership Academy begins on February 9th at the Office of the Tax Collector.  Thirteen students will be representing The City of Palm Coast, Flagler County Government, the Flagler County Tax Collector’s Office, the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office, Flagler Schools, and the City of Flagler Beach.

Media Release: Flagler County Tax Collector’s Office,

Shelly Edmonson, CFCA, Operations Manager; FCLGLA Coordinator