Auburn’s Center for Governmental Services helps train state’s county commissioners

AUBURN – The Association of County Commissions of Alabama, in cooperation with Auburn University’s Center for Governmental Services, provides a legislatively mandated training program for Alabama county commissioners. The Alabama Local Government Training Institute is the board that provides oversight for the program.

Don-Terry Veal, director of Auburn University’s Center for Governmental Services, reported that of the 95 current commissioners elected or appointed between 2002 and 2007, all had completed the state-mandated program as of June 2011. He said this was an unprecedented accomplishment for the state of Alabama, as well as for comparable programs among the southeastern states.

“The Training Institute is a great example of Auburn University working together with state and local agencies to strengthen Alabama’s civic infrastructure,” said Royrickers Cook, assistance vice president for University Outreach. “This program and others offered by our Center for Governmental Services contribute greatly to improving the quality and effectiveness of governance in our state.”

There are currently 64 commissioners who were elected or appointed between 2008 and 2009. Of these 64, only five commissioners have not completed the state-mandated program. The total number of commissioners elected between 2002 and 2009 who have completed the program is 154.

There were 64 commissioners elected or appointed in 2010 and 2011. Of these 64 commissioners, 45 had completed the state-mandated program as of June 2011.

Sonny Brasfield, executive director of the Association of County Commissions of Alabama, said that in the last 20 years this program has helped prepare commissioners for the challenges they face every day throughout Alabama and that never has this training been more important than it is today.

“We are extremely proud of the commissioners who have participated in the program and are confident the experience has prepared them to meet the citizens’ demands and expectations,” said Brasfield.

For more information: http://www.auburn.edu/outreach/cgs/algti/index.htm.

Contact: Don-Terry Veal, (334) 844-4781 (vealdon@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)