Essentials of Municipal Government

Essentials of Municipal Government

2023 Election Cycle

The School of Government’s Center for Public Leadership and Governance and our partner organization, the North Carolina League of Municipalities, are honored to offer our biennial school for newly elected municipal officials, Essentials of Municipal Government. This course will help those newly elected to office successfully transition from campaigning to governing.  

On the campaign trail, you make speeches and shake hands; you make commitments and promise good things for your citizens. Once elected, you take an oath of office to uphold the laws and the Constitution of our state and our nation; the scope of your responsibilities can seem daunting. In this two-day course, you will learn the following:

  • The fundamentals of municipal government law, authority, and practice
  • The core functions of municipal government and the importance of your town charter
  • The role of the elected body and your role as one of its members
  • The legal boundaries of ethics and transparency
  • The exemplary habits of a high-performing governing board, which include building positive relationships with staff and external partners who influence life in your communities

Essentials of Municipal Government also provides an excellent opportunity for incumbents to learn about newer elements of laws affecting municipal governance. It also fulfills the mandatory Ethics training requirement. All participants will gain a deeper appreciation of the value of governing at the municipal level and the importance of developing the skills and behaviors that lead to effective local government leadership. Participants especially appreciate getting to know other elected officials from across their regions and learning from each other’s experiences.

This engaging course includes role-plays, small group discussions, peer-to-peer insights, and practical tips and tools for navigating the municipal governing environment. Dates and location for the upcoming program cycle are:

  • Jan 11–12 – The Grandover Hotel, High Point
  • Jan 18–19 – UNC Wilmington
  • Jan 25–26 – Rocky Mount Event Center
  • Feb 15–16 – Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park
  • Feb 22–23 – Chapel Hill, School of Government (Hybrid)

Find hotel information for each location under the “Registration” tab.

There currently are no scheduled offerings of this course.
EMG Agenda 2024 (pdf, 164 KB)
For all registration questions, resetting passwords, or login issues please contact:

Dale Zuckert

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

Julia Hermanas

Marketing Coordinator
James E. Holshouser Jr. Distinguished Professor of Public Administration and Government
Manager of Elected Official Programming, Center for Public Leadership and Governance