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CENTREVILLE – Queen Anne’s County Commissioner Robert Buckey recently graduated from the University of Maryland Academy for Excellence in Local Governance. The graduation ceremony will be held September 24, in College Park, Maryland.
The Academy for Excellence in Local Governance is a professional development program for local government officials who are often called upon to understand and make decisions on complex issues with significant implications for their jurisdictions. The program trains local officials to be informed and responsible local officials thereby providing Maryland jurisdictions with the leadership needed to meet the challenges of the 21st century, according to their website.
“Taking these classes is a great way for local politicians to be able to grasp some of the more highly complex issues and therefore be a better representative of the citizens they serve,” said Commissioner Buckey.
The Academy’s objectives are to increase understanding of local government and how it functions, promote high ethical standards in public service, provide an informational base for more informed policy making, develop the capacity of local officials to govern effectively and recognize local officials for their educational efforts.
Upon enrollment in the Academy, local officials become Fellows of the Academy for Excellence in Local Governance. To receive a certificate of completion from the Academy, participants must complete specified core and elective classes in either the municipal or county track. Academy classes are taught by experienced officials, proven practitioners and university faculty.
The Academy for Excellence in Local Governance was established in 1998 as a collaborative effort among the University of Maryland's Institute for Governmental Service and Research, the Maryland Municipal League (MML) and the Maryland Associations of Counties (MACo). In 2013 the Maryland School of Public Policy entered the collaboration and has continued to partner with MML and MACo to provide ongoing support of the program. The Academy also enjoys the generous support of the Local Government Insurance Trust (LGIT). With the combined effort of these entities, the Academy for Excellence in Local Governance is thriving.