Launched by the Florida Counties Foundation in 2006, the Advanced County Commissioner (ACC) education program, "The Florida Forum for County Leaders," is an advanced leadership program designed for graduates of the Certified County Commissioners (CCC) program. The ACC program is organized as a series of three seminars, with 27 hours of course work. The course content focuses on leadership with an overarching theme of growth and development in Florida. Participating Commissioners must commit to fully participate in all three seminars in order to graduate.

Topics Include:

Leadership in These Turbulent and Transformative Times

Leading Your Communities During Turbulent Times

Understanding and Working with Stakeholders and County Decision Makers during these Turbulent Times 

All graduates of the Certified County Commissioners (CCC) Program are encouraged to participate in this program. The ACC program is limited to 30 Certified County Commissioners each year who are selected on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost for the three sessions is $450 (A limited number of scholarships are available as well.  There are 8 Small County Scholarships for members in small counties with populations of less than 75,000 and 3 Vivian Alarcon scholarships for members of counties with populations of more than 75,000.) 


The third class of the 2014-2015 ACC Class finished up on April 24th.  Participants from this year’s class included:   Earl Arnett, Marion County; Jim         Brooks, Highlands County; Alan Bush, Washington County; Al Butler, Sumter County; Chuck Chestnut, Alachua County; John Dailey, Leon County; Rusty DePratter, Columbia County; Ken Doherty, Charlotte County; Pat Edwards, Nassau County; Charlie Ericksen, Flagler County; Karl Flagg, Putnam County; John Haddox, Martin County; Don Hahnfeldt, Sumter County; John Hall, Polk County; Greg Harris, Highlands County; Diane Hutchings, Clay County; Rick Knight, Hardee County; Colon Lambert, Hardee County; George Lindsey, Polk County; Bill McClure, St. Johns County; Frank Meeker, Flagler County; John Meeks, Levy County; Bob Miller, DeSoto County; David Moore, Marion County; Bucky Nash, Columbia County; Walt Pellicer, Putnam County; Cecil Pendergrass, Lee County; Gabriel Quave, DeSoto County; Barbara Revels, Flagler County; Timothy Stanley, Glades County; Ralph Thomas, Wakulla County; Bill Truex, Charlotte County; and Tim Zorc, Indian River County.


The 27 graduates from the most recent ACC class will be honored at the Awards Luncheon during Annual Conference on June 17th at the Sawgrass Marriott.  Dates for the next ACC class will be announced soon.  Registration will begin on August 5th.  For additional information regarding the ACC program, contact Becky Berentsen at 850-922-4300.