Commissioner Jeff Snyder graduates from CCAP Academy for Excellence

PHOTO PROVIDED Recent graduates of the CCAP Academy of Excellence are, from left, top row, Francis Weiderspahn, Jr., Ed Heasley, Alan Hall, Matt Quesenberry, Benjamin Kafferlin, Bruce Erb, Todd Graybill; middle row, Rick Mirabito, Steve Nevada, Gary Bender, Helen Schmitt, Leslie Osche, Molly Mudd, Kim Geyer, Theodore Tharan; bottom row, Jeffrey Snyder, Michelle Shedden, Thomas Chernisky, Jack McKernan, Kevin Boozel, Christine Sadler. Missing from photo is Kevin Barnhardt.

LOCK HAVEN — Clinton County Commissioner Jeff Snyder is among 22 county officials who recently graduated from the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania’s Academy for Excellence.

The graduates were honored during ceremonies at CCAP’s Fall Conference in Hershey.

The Academy is a certificate training program specifically designed for county commissioners, council members, county executives, administrators and assistant administrators, chief clerks and assistant chief clerks, solicitors and assistant solicitors, and their equivalents in home rule counties.

Participants complete required courses in leadership, management and decision-making; county legal issues; today’s trends in county government; county functions and responsibilities; county financial management; risk management; personnel and labor relations; personal development; and, also attain elective credits by attending courses covering a wide range of relevant topics.

CCAP and the Academy are committed to training informed and responsible public officials to give Pennsylvania’s counties the leadership needed to deal with the challenges of today’s county government. Since its inception in 1996, more than 150 county officials have graduated from the voluntary program.

The 2018 graduates include Berks County commissioner Kevin S. Barnhardt; Schuylkill County administrator Gary Bender; Butler County commissioner Kevin Boozel; Cambria County commissioner Thomas Chernisky; Blair County commissioner Bruce Erb; Butler County commissioner Kimberly Geyer; Juniata County commissioner Todd Graybill; Susquehanna County commissioner Alan M. Hall; Clarion County commissioner Ed Heasley; Warren County commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin; Lycoming County commissioner R. Jack McKernan; Lycoming County commissioner Rick Mirabito; Adams County solicitor Molly Mudd; Franklin County Assistant County administrator Steve Nevada; Butler County commissioner Leslie Osche; Elk County commissioner Matthew Quesenberry; Berks County solicitor Christine Sadler; Blair County administrator Helen P. Schmitt; Bradford County chief clerk Michelle Shedden; Clinton County commissioner Jeffrey Snyder; Clarion County commissioner Theodore Tharan; and Crawford County commissioner Francis Weiderspahn, Jr.

The County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP) is the voice of county government; a statewide nonprofit, nonpartisan association representing all 67 counties in Pennsylvania. CCAP members include county commissioners, council members, county executives, administrators, chief clerks and solicitors.

County governments are responsible for a wide variety of critical issues, including provision of human services (i.e., mental health, intellectual disabilities, juvenile justice, children and youth, long-term care, drug and alcohol services, housing) to people in need in our communities. In addition, counties are responsible for emergency management and 911 services, administration of the courts and corrections system, elections, maintenance of county bridges, and the county property assessment rolls, and are also involved in environmental and land use planning, protection of open space and community and economic development.

CCAP strengthens the counties’ abilities to govern their own affairs and improve the well-being and quality of life for every Pennsylvania resident. It advocates for favorable state and federal legislation, programs and policies on behalf of counties. CCAP is committed to service excellence through education, information, insurance, technology and other programs that support effective county government. Founded in 1886, CCAP is an affiliate of the National Association of Counties.


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