County Comment County Employees Receive Management Certifications
by Norman Bassett
Public Information Officer
The Washington County Board of County Commissioners honored seven employees for furthering their public service capabilities at the regularly scheduled meeting on December 2nd.
Over the past four years, the Washington County Training Office and Hagerstown Community College’s Division for Continuing Education have been offering employee development courses in government management and support. This series, titled “Going for the Gold” is designed to improve employee skills, knowledge and abilities.
Employees completing the course work are being certified in Government Supervisory Management and Office Support Management.
Training Administrator Norman Bassett and Jim Cannon, Director of Hagerstown Community College’s Division of Continuing Education, presented plaques to the seven employees.
Receiving Government Supervisory Management Certificates were Verna Brown, Emergency Management Agency; Catherine Milburn and Sharon Showe, State’s Attorney’s Alternative Sanctions Office; and Angela Smith, Permits and Inspections Office. Receiving Office Support Management Certifications were Vicki Lumm, County Attorney’s Office; Rachel Mobley, Buildings, Grounds and Parks; and Diane Mongan, Highways Department.
In order to qualify, candidates had to take a minimum of 24 course hours in a core curriculum and elective courses. Completion of the training series is noted in the employee’s personnel file, and can be useful in achieving promotion in County government.
The courses, taught at HCC’s Valley Mall site, are open to employees of all local governments in Washington County. This past year the City of Hagerstown began sending significant numbers of employees to the training sessions. The “Gold” series started a new round this fall, and will continue throughout the year. Over the last several years, employees promoted to higher positions, as supervisors or office managers, have been graduates of the program, or are currently enrolled in the program.