The Center for Excellence in County Leadership (CEL) program is offered to help county officials develop a professional culture for county government.
The program held annually at the CCAP office in Harrisburg, is a two and a half-day intensive training focused on improving participants' communication, management and leadership skills. Those eligible to participate are CCAP's voting members, including county commissioners or council members, elected executives, chief clerks, county administrators and solicitors of Pennsylvania's 67 counties. Key county leaders and department heads may apply by including one written letter of support from their county commissioner/council member. Participation is available to one eligible person per county per year, with a maximum of 12 participants per year. Application is required.
The program features the following curriculum:
- Day One: The DISC Model and Stages of Leadership
- Day Two: Leading Change, The Four Conversations: Daily Communication That Gets Results, Crisis Communication, Media Management
- Day Three: Team Problem Solving and Decision Making
The 2022 program will be held June 15 - 17 at the CCAP Office in Harrisburg.
The Center for Excellence in County Leadership is produced by:
Front Row (l to r): Deb Baughman, Bedford County Commissioner; Scott Rastetter, Erie County Council Member; Loretta Spielvogel, Lawrence County Commissioner; Becky Ann Bartlett, Northampton County Deputy Director of Administration.
Back Row (l to r): Krista Gromalski, Pike County Communications Director; Colleen Dawson, Somerset County Commissioner; Elizabeth Arnold, Susquehanna County Commissioner; Josh Maxwell, Chester County Commissioner; Molly Mudd, Esq., Adams County Solicitor; Stacy Richards, Union County Commissioner; Michael Rivera, Berks County Commissioner.