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Essentials of County Government

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Congratulations! You won the election. Now what?

This two-day course provides newly-elected county commissioners with the tools they need to transition from campaigning to governing. It covers the basics of the role of county governing and the powers and responsibilities of a county board of commissioners. Commissioners will be able to ask questions of and share information with their peers across the state, and will learn about valuable resources available to them to help them navigate their new role.

Registration Options for Essentials of County Government:

Option 1: Two day Essentials, which is for newly elected county commissioners and their managers/clerks who wish to accompany them.

Option 2: One day (Friday) Essentials, which is for incumbent county commissioners only.


Patrice Roesler serves as Manager of Elected Official Programming for the Center for Public Leadership and Governance. Prior to joining the School of Government in January 2018, she worked for more than four decades at the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC), most recently ...
Kara Millonzi joined the School of Government in 2006. She attained the rank of full professor in July 2017, and was awarded the Albert and Gladys Hall Coates Distinguished Term Professorship in September 2017. She specializes in local government finance law, general county law, and incorporation...


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