I’d like to offer my congratulations to Laura Schwartz, El Dorado County’s chief budget officer, who recently became a Fellow through the CSAC Institute for Excellence in County Government. She joins 27 other county supervisors or senior executives from around the state who have also earned their Fellowship, including Kimberly Kerr and Terri Daly, also from El Dorado County.
Fellows must complete at least 60 hours of course work at the Institute just to become eligible for the program. Becoming a fellow requires several more days’ worth of challenging coursework on contemporary practices in public sector leadership and engagement with the Institute faculty. The benefits of continuing education are well recognized in many professions including attorneys, physicians, and educators. The CSAC institute applies the same concept to leaders at the county level, offering a variety of courses on management, communications, budgeting, problem solving, negotiations and other skills that make for more effective local government leaders.
Institute Fellows are better prepared to serve their county and lead their communities. They also offer the benefit of their expertise to other Institute students, both as returning faculty and informal mentoring. Congratulations again to Laura Schwartz for this achievement and her commitment to public service.
Executive Director, California State Association of Counties