During the awards ceremony portion of the Alabama Association of County Commissions Annual Conference, Deputy Administrator, Neil Cyriac received a Certificate in County Administration. In order to complete the program, Neil completed 60 hours of coursework through the County Government Education Institute (CGEI). CGEI was created to provide county employees an overview of the administration of county government. Participants attend a series of four courses and one elective to learn the specific laws, regulations and procedures that impact county government in Alabama. Training is overseen by the Alabama Local Government Training Institute (ALGTI) which has provided mandatory County Commissioner training for over 20 years.
All participants seeking a Certificate in County Administration must attend all 12 hours of each course and receive a satisfactory grade on the exam to receive credit for the course. Required courses include “Overview of County Government” which provides a general overview of the role of county government including the functions of county commission and other departments and the constitutional and statutory provisions that govern how county government works. “Ethics of County Officials and Employees” offers an understanding of Alabama’s Ethics and other constitutional and statutory provisions affecting the actions of county officials and employees both on and off the job. The “Personnel Administration” course is designed to provide an understanding of federal and state employment laws, leave policies, and other personnel issues. “Finance and Revenue” explains the county general fund budget, county revenue sources, and an overview of financial management and auditing requirements.
To complete the program, participants must also take one elective course with offerings in Conflict Management, General Management & Supervision, Disaster Preparedness & Response, General Accounting, Communication & Media Relations, and Legislative & Governmental Relations. The Certificate in County Administration is also a prerequisite to become designates as a Certified County Administrator (CCA). The County Commission congratulates Neil Cyriac for his accomplishment and appreciates his committed efforts to best serve the citizens of Elmore County.