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County commissioners complete training

Dallas County Commissioners Larry Nickles and Valerie Reubin recently joined an elite group of Alabama county officials by completing extensive professional development training from the Alabama Local Government Training Institute (ALGTI).

The commissioners were recognized for this achievement at the Association of County Commissions of Alabama (ACCA) 89th Annual Convention held in August.

Nickles was recognized for his completion of the Level II program, which entails 120 hours of training, while Reubin was recognized for her completion of the Level I program, which requires 50 hours of training.

Referred to as the Commissioner Education Program, both the Level I and Level II portions of the program emphasize training on financial management and planning, public works practices, ethical and legal requirements, personnel administration, economic development and community leadership and the roles and responsibilities of public service.

The unique program was created in 1994 by act of the Alabama Legislature as a mandatory program for first-time county commissioners.

Classes are supervised by the ALGTI board of directors, which is composed of county officials involved in ACCA, educators and members of the Alabama Legislature.

“Continuing education for our county officials will always remain one of the association’s priorities for our membership,” said Sonny Brasfield, ACCA Executive Director. “As with any organization, sharing new ideas and information is the best way to grow and prosper. The involvement of county employees and officials only enhances our efforts to improve county government and the services it provides at the local level.”

The Association of County Commissions of Alabama is a statewide organization speaking for all 67 counties with ONE voice. It promotes improved county government services in Alabama, offers educational programs for county officials and their staff members, administers insurance programs for county governments and employees, offers legal advice, and represents the interests of county government before state and federal organizations and agencies.