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Supervisor selected to national leadership institute

The National Association of Counties announced last week the selection of Tommie Cline Martin, Vice-Chair, Gila County Board of Supervisors as one of twenty-four county leaders from across the United States to participate in the Tenth Annual County Leadership Institute, a rigorous four-day program offered in partnership with Cambridge Leadership Associates.

Tommie Martin
Supervisor Martin was nominated by Craig Sullivan, Executive Director of County Supervisors Association of Arizona, who said “she is  an official with a commitment to developing collaborative and innovative solutions to local issues”.  Supervisor Martin will meet at IBM’s Institute for Electronic Government in Washington, DC, from June 2-6, 2013.

The Institute, now in its tenth year, has graduated well over 200 members from 44 states and 172 counties across the country.  Known for enhancing the capacity of county officials to identify and implement innovative solutions to the complex challenges facing county government in the 21st century, this year’s program will focus closely on the demands of personal leadership in a new era of government, one characterized as a “permanent crisis” by Cambridge Leadership co-founder Marty Linsky.

 “The local elected officials who participate in the County Leadership Institute get tools, ideas, and perspectives they can’t get anywhere else,” said Karon Harden, Director of Professional Development, Education & Training at NACo.  These county leaders not only discuss the core principles of public service leadership with prominent experts, they also collaborate intensively with each other to develop new ways to attack real-life issues of importance to the citizens of their counties.

In addition to developing skills and cultivating new perspectives of leadership, the Institute builds a network of CLI alumni who continue to offer support, suggestions and feedback across years and county lines. Classes meet daily from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm and in four evening meetings.  Program costs are offset by corporate and non-profit sponsoring organizations.  Sponsors for 2013 include IBM, ESRI, NACo’s Financial Services Corporation (FSC) and the National Council of County Association Executives.

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