By Max Hrenda
Two local officials were recently awarded for their participation in trade-specific training programs at the University of Tennessee.
On April 11, County Mayor Leon Humphrey received certification in public administration from UT’s County Technical Assistance Service. Last week, Tom Anderson, president of Carter County Tomorrow – the county’s economic development board – completed a course in economic development offered by the university’s Center for Industrial Services.
Humphrey’s certification came after he participated in an 80-hour course in CTAS’ County Officials Certificate Training Program. In addition to these hours, he will need to spend 16 more each year to maintain his certification.
“I think it’s important local officials stay up to speed with the latest in county government,” Humphrey said. “The county has made funds available for the commissioners to do likewise.”
With his certification, Humphrey joins commissioners Jo Ann Blankenship, Robert Gobble, and Nancy Brown as elected officials who have completed the training program. Commissioners Sonja Culler and Pat Hicks are currently working toward the same certification.
Several officeholders have completed their certifications, as well. Clerk and Master Melissa Moreland, County Trustee Randal Lewis, and Register of Deeds Jody Bristol have all received certification in their respective fields through CTAS.