Dawson County Board of Commissioners Chairman Billy Thurmond recently completed all courses required to earn his certificate of recognition as a Certified County Commissioner from the University of Georgia Carl Vinson Institute of Government, in partnership with the Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG).
Thurmond, who took office in January 2017, successfully completed nine training sessions covering 66 hours of required courses.
Courses included County Government 101, County Government Finance, County Government Law, Economic Development, Ethics, Human Resources, Leadership Institute, Property Appraisal and Taxation and Public Health and Safety.
“I will use the knowledge that I have gained from the classes I took to obtain this certification to better serve the citizens of Dawson County,” Thurmond said.
The institute, in partnership with ACCG, offers courses through the Lifelong Learning Academy for county commissioners to develop and enhance their leadership and governing skills. Academy courses are offered at least once every other year during training programs. These programs are held in conjunction with regularly scheduled ACCG meetings or as stand-alone sessions. In order to receive credit, a person must attend the entire course.