KNOXVILLE—The University of Tennessee has honored Anderson County Commissioner Steve Emert of District 3 as a certified public administrator at a Capstone event at Montgomery Bell State Park on April 11.
To achieve the designation, each of the officials completed 80 credit hours in the County Officials Certificate Training Program, or COCTP. The program is administered by the UT County Technical Assistance Service, or CTAS, and is available to every county employee in the state.
“No other state in the nation provides county employees with such specialized training,” said Bob Wormsley, executive director of CTAS. CTAS is an agency of the statewide UT Institute for Public Service.
Each course in the program is designated to aid county government officials in performing their jobs and efficiently administering county services. Classroom topics include ethics, fire insurance ratings, finance, records management, proactive leadership, and information technology proficiency.
“Some courses are tailored for a specific office, while others cover general managerial and government functions,” Wormsley said. “The entire program is designed for practicality and to build skills the officials need everyday to better serve their constituents.
The four certified commissioners are Steve Emert, Mark Alderson, Chuck Fritts, and Rick Meredith.