Essentials of County Government

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. *We suggest pre-registering per the instructions below  

  • Option 2: One day (Friday) Essentials, which is for incumbent county commissioners only. *You can register now!

Pre-registration Instructions for Clerks:

Pre-registration for the Two-Day Essentials of County Government for newly elected county commissioners is now open.  To save your newly elected county commissioner a seat for Essentials, complete the two-step registration process below:

  1. Pre-register by 11/5/2018 to save a seat for your jurisdiction by clicking here.   

    • There is a place to indicate the number of seats you’d like to reserve and location preference
  1. You will be sent an email on 11/7/2018, the day after the election, prompting you to complete the registration process for your elected officials, which will include creating their SOG registration profiles, confirming location selection, and entering in the newly elected official’s information (instead of your own as you did for pre-registration).  You must complete step two of registration process to officially confirm their seat(s) for Essentials of County Government.  Failure to complete step two by 11/13/2018  will result in your reserved seat being released.

For more detailed instructions on how to register, click HERE 

The course is co-sponsored and co-administered by the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners and the UNC Chapel Hill School of Government.   

The Local Government Federal Credit Union offers scholarships to local government employees to apply towards tuition for conferences, classes, and seminars offered by the School of Government. There are five deadlines to submit applications: March 1, June 1, September 1 and December 1.
  • Durham, NC
    December 13 - 14, 2018
    Sheraton Imperial Hotel Raleigh-Durham Airport at Research Triangle Park
    4700 Emperor Blvd
    Durham, NC 27703
    View Scholarship Information
    The Local Government Federal Credit Union offers scholarships to local government employees to apply towards tuition for conferences, classes, and seminars offered by the School of Government. There are five deadlines to submit applications: March 1, June 1, September 1 and December 1.
    View Cancellation Policy
    Course participants who cancel their registration on or before December 05, 2018 will receive a full refund. No refund will be made for cancellations on or after December 06, 2018 days prior to course start date), but you will receive a transferrable credit to be used within 12 months. Click here to view the School’s full cancellation and refund policy.
    View Hotel Information

    A room block with a special rate has been set up at the Sheraton RTP.  Click HERE to book your room under the block.  The deadline to book your room is November 14, 2018. 

    Essentials of County Government (Pre-registration) - you will not be charged until after the election

    $225.00
    If you are a returning customer, please note that we have a new course registration system that we hope will be easier for you to use. If you encounter any registration issues, please explore our list of frequently asked questions or contact us at registration@sog.unc.edu or 919.966.4414.

    Incumbent County Commissioners ONLY 

    $125.00
    If you are a returning customer, please note that we have a new course registration system that we hope will be easier for you to use. If you encounter any registration issues, please explore our list of frequently asked questions or contact us at registration@sog.unc.edu or 919.966.4414.
  • Asheville, NC
    January 17 - 18, 2019
    DoubleTree by Hilton Asheville - Biltmore
    115 Hendersonville Rd
    Asheville, NC 28803
    View Scholarship Information
    The Local Government Federal Credit Union offers scholarships to local government employees to apply towards tuition for conferences, classes, and seminars offered by the School of Government. There are five deadlines to submit applications: March 1, June 1, September 1 and December 1.
    View Cancellation Policy
    Course participants who cancel their registration on or before January 09, 2019 will receive a full refund. No refund will be made for cancellations on or after January 10, 2019 days prior to course start date), but you will receive a transferrable credit to be used within 12 months. Click here to view the School’s full cancellation and refund policy.
    View Hotel Information

    A room block with a special rate has been set up at the Double Tree Biltmore.  Click HERE to book your room under the block.  The deadline to book your room is December 17, 2018.

    Essentials of County Government (Pre-registration) - you will not be charged until after the election

    $225.00
    If you are a returning customer, please note that we have a new course registration system that we hope will be easier for you to use. If you encounter any registration issues, please explore our list of frequently asked questions or contact us at registration@sog.unc.edu or 919.966.4414.

    Incumbent County Commissioners ONLY

    $125.00
    If you are a returning customer, please note that we have a new course registration system that we hope will be easier for you to use. If you encounter any registration issues, please explore our list of frequently asked questions or contact us at registration@sog.unc.edu or 919.966.4414.
  • Greenville, NC
    January 31 - February 1, 2019
    Hilton Greenville
    207 Greenville Blvd SW
    Greenville, NC 27834
    View Scholarship Information
    The Local Government Federal Credit Union offers scholarships to local government employees to apply towards tuition for conferences, classes, and seminars offered by the School of Government. There are five deadlines to submit applications: March 1, June 1, September 1 and December 1.
    View Cancellation Policy
    Course participants who cancel their registration on or before January 23, 2019 will receive a full refund. No refund will be made for cancellations on or after January 24, 2019 days prior to course start date), but you will receive a transferrable credit to be used within 12 months. Click here to view the School’s full cancellation and refund policy.
    View Hotel Information

    A room block with a special rate has been set up at the Hilton Greenville.  Click HERE to book your room under the block.  The deadline to book your room is January 2, 2019. 

    Essentials of County Government (Pre-registration) - you will not be charged until after the election

    $225.00
    If you are a returning customer, please note that we have a new course registration system that we hope will be easier for you to use. If you encounter any registration issues, please explore our list of frequently asked questions or contact us at registration@sog.unc.edu or 919.966.4414.

    Incumbent County Commissioners ONLY 

    $125.00
    If you are a returning customer, please note that we have a new course registration system that we hope will be easier for you to use. If you encounter any registration issues, please explore our list of frequently asked questions or contact us at registration@sog.unc.edu or 919.966.4414.
For all registration questions, resetting passwords, or login issues please contact:

Dale Zuckert

Assistant Registrar
919.966.4414
For questions regarding course details, including location, schedule, materials, and continuing education credits, please contact:

Toogie Hampton

Program Management Team Lead, Leadership Group
919.843.6518
Albert and Gladys Hall Coates Distinguished Term Professor of Public Law and Government
Manager of Elected Official Programming, Center for Public Leadership and Governance