More than 35 commissioners graduated from the Advanced County Commissioner and Certified County Commissioner programs during the Awards and Graduation Luncheon on Wednesday.   FAC's education programs are offered in partnership the University of Florida and have been helping Commissioners and county staff navigate the intricacies of local government and leadership for years.  Congratulations to the class of 2015!

Florida Forum for County Leaders," is an advanced leadership program designed for graduates of the Certified County Commissioners (CCC) program. This year, the program has been held in Alachua County and saw 26 commissioners graduate in June with a total of 171 graduating since the inception of the program in 2006.

The ACC program is organized as a series of three seminars, with 27 hours of course work. The course content focuses on leading within Florida’s counties. Participating Commissioners must commit to fully participate in all three seminars in order to graduate.  Seminars include: Tough Policy Choices in Florida During Tumultuous Times; Leading Your Communities During Turbulent Times; and, Understanding and Working with Stakeholders and County Decision Makers during these Turbulent Times. The University of Florida/IFAS Extension has sponsored this program for the last eight years in Alachua County.

Following are the names of the county commissioners who received their ACC designation in 2015:  Earl Arnett, Marion County; James Brooks, Highlands County; Alan Bush, Washington County; Al Butler, Sumter County; John Dailey, Leon County; Ken Doherty, Charlotte County; Pat Edwards, Nassau 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; Frank Meeker, Flagler County; John Meeks, Levy County; Bob Miller, DeSoto 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.

CCC certification is not a requirement to serve as a county commissioner in Florida. However, county commissioners may voluntarily enroll in the program and complete a series of courses totaling 45 hours. The coursework is designed to provide information and enhance skills relevant to a commissioner’s duties and responsibilities as an elected official.

Following are the names of the 13 county commissioners who received their CCC designation in 2015:

Scott Adams, Citrus County; Lawrence P. Harvey, Putnam County; Jayer Williamson, Santa Rosa County; Steven Barry, Escambia County; Lumon J. May, Escambia County; George Hanns, Flagler County; Jody Robson, Dixie County; David Whitaker, Holmes County; Kelly Windes, Okaloosa County; Janet C. Long, Pinellas County; Patricia Lynn Gothard, Washington County; Sharon Akins Langford, Gilchrist County; and Jim Moody, Taylor County.