Pictured (L to R) – Dr Tim Rahschulte, Academy Professional Development CEO, HR Director Frank Spataro, Commissioner Denise Driehaus, NACO Public Affairs Director Brian Namey, County Administrator Jeff Aluotto
Hamilton County, Ohio was one of three counties in Ohio recognized today by the National Association of Counties (NACo) and the County Commissioners Association of Ohio (CCAO) for its commitment to strengthening leadership skills of elected officials and the county workforce. The first award of excellence for high performance leadership was presented to the leaders of the counties of Fairfield, Franklin and Hamilton at an awards ceremony in Columbus.
“NACo has given us the tools to invest in the next generation of county leaders at a critical time for local governments across our country,” said Jeffrey Aluotto, Hamilton County Administrator. “Developing these crucial management skills within the ranks of our emerging leaders has a huge and lasting effect on empowering our entire workforce. “
Forty-one participants from Hamilton County successfully completed NACo’s High Performance Leadership Academy, a 12-week online program that equips public servants with practical leadership skills to achieve results for county residents. The program includes a strong curriculum developed by NACo and the Professional Development Academy in partnership with Fortune 1000 executives, public sector leaders and world-renowned thought leaders, including General Colin Powell and Dr Marshall Goldsmith.
“I admire Hamilton County’s decision to engage leaders in the program to meet the needs of succession planning, professional growth and workforce development,” said Cheryl Subler , Director General of the CCAO. “Without their work, these essentials for a prosperous future would be a distant ulterior motive, and the leadership willingness to meet our next-level challenges would not be ready at all. At CCAO, we believe in developing leadership to build even stronger leaders for counties for a stronger Ohio. “
“We commend Hamilton County leaders for their commitment to developing their leadership skills that help build healthy, safe and vibrant counties,” said Brian Namey, director of public affairs for NACo. “By building the skills to overcome obstacles and seize opportunities, Hamilton County officials are building a better future for county residents.”
Professional Development Academy CEO Tim Rahschulte said, “Fairfield, Franklin and Hamilton counties have recruited over 100 existing and emerging leaders. We congratulate them for strengthening management and staff training.
The High Performance Leadership Academy focuses on five essential skills: Leading, Organizing, Collaborating, Communicating and Delivering. It emphasizes real-time teaching, small group learning and knowledge exchange.
This press release was produced by the Hamilton County Government. The opinions expressed here are those of the author.