Essentials of County Government

 


Newly-elected County Commissioners

 

Congratulations on your successful election as a county commissioner! The UNC-Chapel Hill School of Government and the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners have partnered to offer you a crash course on the essentials of county government. In this course, we will introduce newly-elected commissioners to the basic functions of county government and the role of the governing board. In short, we are here to help you successfully transition from campaigning to governing.  

 

What to Expect  

 

In person: The program will run approx. 9am-4:30pm on Thursday-Friday

Online: The program will run approx. 9am-1:30pm on Wednesday-Friday

 

County Government: Roles and Responsibilities. Watch a lively mock board meeting to learn the dos and don’ts of working as a board and transacting business in the public spotlight. Through a series of interactive activities, participants also learn about the roles and responsibilities of the board and individual board members and explore the board’s relationship to professional staff. Participants have the opportunity to build essential communication and relationship-building skills to help you interact more effectively within county government and with the legislature, your constituents, and the media.          

Finances, Budgets, and Fiduciary Duty. What are the top-ten financial management principles every county commissioner should know? What are county funding requirements? What should you expect from your first budget process? How does a board carry out its fiduciary duties? Participants have the opportunity to engage in small group discussions and learn how to approach and respond to common financial issues.

Ethics, Conflicts of Interest, and Open Government. Finally, the course will focus on important limitations on board members and their legal and ethical responsibilities. Commissioners explore public records and open meetings requirements and learn practical techniques to operate effectively in an open government environment. Commissioners also participate in the statutorily-required 2-hour ethics training.

The North Carolina Association of County Commissioners provides cost offsets for county elected officials to attend LELA courses. For information on this discount click here.

  • Asheville, NC
    December 15 - 16, 2022
    DoubleTree-Biltmore
    115 Hendersonville Rd
    Asheville, NC
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    The North Carolina Association of County Commissioners provides cost offsets for county elected officials to attend LELA courses. For information on this discount click here.

    View Cancellation Policy
    Course participants who cancel their registration on or before December 07, 2022 will receive a full refund. No refund will be made for cancellations on or after December 08, 2022, 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

    Hotel Information: We have negotiated a special rate in the room block HERE. Book by November 19, 2022.

    $225.00
    Registration and payment for this course grants access for a single attendee. In order to register a group of attendees, please register each person individually. If you have questions, please contact our registration office at registration@sog.unc.edu or 919.966.4414.
  • Cary, NC
    January 12 - 13, 2023
    Embassy Suites
    201 Harrison Oaks Blvd
    Cary, NC
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    The North Carolina Association of County Commissioners provides cost offsets for county elected officials to attend LELA courses. For information on this discount click here.

    View Cancellation Policy
    Course participants who cancel their registration on or before January 04, 2023 will receive a full refund. No refund will be made for cancellations on or after January 05, 2023, 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

    We have negotiated a special rate in the room block HEREBook by December 12, 2022.

    $225.00
    Registration and payment for this course grants access for a single attendee. In order to register a group of attendees, please register each person individually. If you have questions, please contact our registration office at registration@sog.unc.edu or 919.966.4414.
  • Online
    January 18 - 20, 2023
    View Scholarship Information

    The North Carolina Association of County Commissioners provides cost offsets for county elected officials to attend LELA courses. For information on this discount click here.

    View Cancellation Policy
    Course participants who cancel their registration on or before January 10, 2023 will receive a full refund. No refund will be made for cancellations on or after January 11, 2023, 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.
    $225.00
    Registration and payment for this course grants access for a single attendee. In order to register a group of attendees, please register each person individually. If you have questions, please contact our registration office at registration@sog.unc.edu or 919.966.4414.

In-Person Agenda

Online Agenda

Course Materials

Session 1: Mock Board Meeting

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Session 2: Building and Managing Relationships

Session 3: Government Transparency

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Session 4: County Finance Top 10

Session 5: Budgeting

Session 6: Financial Oversight and Internal Controls

Session 7: Ethics 

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:

Jennifer Fulton

Program Manager, Management, Administration, and Leadership Group
919.962.3609
Robert W. Bradshaw Jr. Distinguished Professor of Public Law and Government
Manager of Elected Official Programming, Center for Public Leadership and Governance