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|County Officials First to Complete Advanced Training
|Three Knox County officials have completed the requirements to become Certified County Officials in an intensive program offered by the University of Illinois Extension Office. County Clerk Scott Erickson and Treasurer Robin Davis are the first in the state for their elected offices to achieve Silver Level Certification. Supervisor of Assessments Chris Gray was one of eleven county officials throughout the state to complete the Bronze Level Certification.
The advanced training is offered by the Extension Office and the Illinois Association of County Board Members and Commissioners.
Davis said, "The training required to achieve this certification has enhanced my abilities to continue to provide financial leadership and maintain the County through tough financial times. We have learned a great deal from these educational opportunities and have been able to put this new information to work for the betterment of the County. It is an honor to serve the citizens of Knox County as their Treasurer."
To earn the Silver level officials must first complete the Bronze level training, and then complete and additional 48 hours of training with 30 hours of that in specialized curriculum.
County Clerk Scott Erickson was elected County Clerk in 2004. His father taught American History for more than 40 years and government has always an important part of his life. "I hope that I can make a difference and make government more customer friendly and accessible," he said. "I would tell newly elected officials to remember where they came from and who put them in office. If you forget you are working for the citizens you will be asking for trouble."
Tax Assessor Chris Gray achieved the Bronze level this year. It requires 24 hours of approved CCO training. She has worked in the Assessors" Office for 15 years and became the Supervisor of Assessments in 2008.
"I think the Certified County Officials program is a wonderful program and would encourage any county official to get involved with it," she said. "It has been very informative and I have learned many things through the teleconferences that I have attended. I am proud to have become a Certified County Official. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the citizens of Knox County as their Supervisor of Assessments."
(Left to Right: Chris Gray, Knox County Supervisor of Assessments; Scott Erickson, Knox County Clerk; Robin Davis, Knox County Treasurer; Carrie McKillip, Community & Economic Development Educator, Knox County University of Illinois Extension. Submitted story and photo.)
|05 29 10 by Newsroom
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