The Town of Charlestown has two new fellows.
And they're both women.
Commissioner Renee Capano and Town Office Manager Emily Fletcher both recently were honored by the Academy for Excellence in Local Governance. The ceremony was held September 15 at University of Maryland College Park.
Over 100 public affairs officials from across the state received an Academy certificate. All of the Academy Fellows completed a substantial number of program hours of core and elective classes designed to meet their professional needs as municipal or county officials in local government. Through the program, Academy Fellows not only enhanced their understanding of local government issues and ethical standards for public service, but also developed a foundation for informed policy making and effective governance.
"This graduation celebrates the important commitment to public service that these public officials have made. Their work in the Academy not only prepares them for even greater service in the future, it lays the foundation for excellence in Maryland's government in the future. We're very proud of this important effort," said University of Maryland School of Public Policy Dean Donald F. Ketti.
The Academy, which offered its first classes in 1998, is a collaborative effort between the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, the Maryland Municipal League, and the Maryland Association of Counties.
The School of Public Policy is recognized as one of the country's premier programs in public policy and management. The school has over 25 years of experience delivering acclaimed leadership development and public policy programs to public clients as well as non profit and for profit organizations.
Elkton Mayor Joe Fisona, Rising Sun Mayor Bob Fisher, and former Rising Sun Commissioner Stephen Naughton also earned the honor as being fellows from the Academy for Excellence in Local Governance.