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Roane County Commissioner Ron Berry was among 42 county and municipal government leaders who successfully completed the Local Government Leadership Program hosted by the University of Tennessee Institute for Public Service’s Naifeh Center for Effective Leadership.
UT faculty and private consultants led the three-day, invitation-only program that focused on personal leadership, stress management and ethics, and improving government effectiveness and efficiency.
“LGLP gives elected and appointed government officials the opportunity to examine the best practices in leadership and to learn from their colleagues and counterparts across the state,” said Tom Kohntopp, manager of the Naifeh Center.
“By coming together, we find that common issues face officials in East, Middle and West Tennessee,” he added. “LGLP participants share ideas, and their conversations and advice can lead to new solutions for their communities.”
For more than four decades, the Institute has offered leadership programs that promote effective government through creative leadership, managerial effectiveness, professional skills enhancement and lifelong development for leaders and their organizations.
With custom-designed programs for both local and state leaders, the Institute helps Tennessee's government professionals meet the challenges of public service.
Program participants are nominated by their peers, Leadership alumni or Institute staff.
"The university is committed to reaching across the state to help elected and appointed officials better serve citizens. Our consultants need to be well-informed of current trends affecting our state in order to provide that outreach," Kohntopp said.
Since its inception in 1991, more than 500 people have completed the Local Government Leadership Program.