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Lancaster County
Date: December 18, 2018

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Ann Ames, Deputy Chief Administrative Officer
(402) 441-7496

Lancaster County Staff Graduate from NACO Institute of Excellence

Kearney, NE - December 18, 2018 - Seven Lancaster County employees recently graduated from the Nebraska Association of County Official (NACO) Institute of Excellence at the NACO Annual Conference held in Kearney, Nebraska.

Lancaster County employees who graduated from the program include, Ann Ames, Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, Todd Duncan, Chief Deputy Sheriff, Scott Etherton, Director of the Mental Health Crisis Center, Cari Forbes, Accounting Specialist with the Lancaster County Clerk, Amanda Kingman, Civil Engineer I with the Lancaster County Engineer, Ken Schroeder, Lancaster County Surveyor, and Karen Wilson, Civil Engineer I with the Lancaster County Engineer. Graduates of the program received Certificates of Achievement for successfully completing the Institute of Excellence.

The graduating class of the Nebraska Association of County Officials (NACO) Institute of Excellence included nineteen individuals comprised of County officials or County staff from across Nebraska. The graduates were recognized at the association's annual conference in Kearney last week. The Institute of Excellence is a year-long leadership development program for county officials and county government staff. It is coordinated by the NE Extension and taught by UNL, UNO and Extension faculty.

Participants in the program discover their personal leadership attributes, learn communication and collaboration skills, as well as leading more effective meetings and managing conflict. According to Jessica Jones, a co-coordinator and extension educator, "Participants engage in discussions around emerging issues to increase their leadership capacity for managing change."

"We are delighted with the number of Lancaster County staff that successfully participated and graduated from the Institute of Excellence this year," said Lancaster County Commissioner Deb Schorr. Schorr also noted that the program provides participants a great opportunity to learn from peer counties and build a strong network. The 2019 NACO Institute of Excellence begins in March 2019. For more information or to register for the program, visit the Nebraska Association of County Officials website,

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