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Published 8:34 pm Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Polk Commissioners complete county government training 


ASHEVILLE—Some Polk County Commissioners recently completed the Essentials of County Government course.  

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Newly elected commissioner Paul Beiler attended the two-day intensive training seminar last week, along with veteran commissioner chair Tommy Melton and commissioner Ray Gasperson.  

The training was held in Asheville and provided by the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners and the North Carolina School of Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  

The training is designed for newly elected officials, with veteran commissioners serving as mentors.  

The training is designed to teach newly elected officials the roles and responsibilities of county commissioners and the framework within which county government operates.  

Beiler was first elected as a county commissioner in November. Gasperson and Melton also won terms in November as incumbents and have both served on the board for several years.  

North Carolinians elected over 100 new commissioners in November to serve counties throughout the state.  

The training includes veteran commissioners serving as mentors, helping to identify strategies to build constructive relationships and enhance leadership skills. Each session includes two hours of ethics training that all elected officials, both new and returning commissioners, are required to complete within 12 months of their election.  

The NCACC is the official voice of North Carolina’s 100 counties on issues being considered by the General Assembly, Congress and federal and state agencies.  

The North Carolina School of Government was established in 1931 as the Institute of Government and provides training, research and advising to more than 12,000 public officials a year.