Fifteen county officials recently completed the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania's (CCAP) Academy for Excellence in County Government and another six officials completed the advanced certification program.
The nonprofit, nonpartisan association represents county commissioners, chief clerks, administrators and other officials in the commonwealth's 67 counties. It started its voluntary academy program in 1996, and more than 120 county officials have graduated from the program.
“The academy is an excellent tool in helping to prepare public officials for the important jobs they do by giving them the tools to provide exceptional service to the constituents they serve,” Jeff Haste, Dauphin County commissioner and president of CCAP, said. “The program provides Pennsylvania communities with better-quality leaders who are needed to deal with the challenges of today’s county government.”
The 2014 graduates include James Eckstein, commissioner, Butler County; Carrie Gray, assistant county administrator, Franklin County; George Halcovage, commissioner, Schuylkill County; Gary Hess, commissioner, Schuylkill County; Heather Ilgenfritz, acting deputy chief clerk, Cumberland County; Janis Kemmer, commissioner, Elk County; Darlene Laughlin, chief clerk, Schuylkill County; John Mathias, commissioner, Union County; Kirt Morris, commissioner, Bedford County; Tony Mussare, commissioner, Lycoming County; Albert Penksa Jr., county manager, Adams County; A. Dale Pinkerton, commissioner, Butler County; Robert Snyder Jr., commissioner, Forest County; Paul Straka, assistant county administrator (2013), Schuylkill County; and, Jean Zore, chief clerk, Elk County.
Advanced certification graduates were Kathi Cozzone, commissioner, Chester County; James Eckstein, commissioner, Butler County; James Gagliano, Jr., county administrator, Lawrence County; Janis Kemmer, commissioner, Elk County; Christian Leinbach, commissioner, Berks County; and Jean Zore, chief clerk, Elk County.
The graduation ceremony was held as part of CCAP’s Fall Conference in Hershey.