News Release, Town of Chesapeake Beach

Chesapeake Beach, MD- Councilman Derek J. Favret, Councilman Lawrence P. Jaworksi, Councilman Gregory J. Morris and Town Administrator Holly K. Wahl of the Town of Chesapeake Beachgraduated from the Academy of Excellence in Local Governance at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy. The ceremony took place on Sunday, September 29, 2019, at the Tyser Auditorium on the University of Maryland College Park campus.

“The Academy of Excellence in Local Governance provides the necessary resources for elected officials, appointed officials, and staff to apply best practices to further their ability to navigate the challenges facing local governments. I join the Town Council, and residents of the Town of Chesapeake Beach, in applauding all of those that have graduated from this program.” stated Chesapeake Beach Mayor Patrick J. “Irish” Mahoney.

More than 90 public officials from across the state receiving an Academy certificate in presence of family and friends. All Academy Fellows completed a robust program, which included core and elective classes designed to meet their professional needs as municipal or county officials in local government. Through the program, the graduates not only enhanced their understanding of local government issues and ethical standards for public services but also developed a foundation for informed policy-making and effective governance.

University of Maryland School of Public Policy Dean Robert C. Orr said, “The School is proud to recognize these graduates. Their commitment to public service and to providing the best possible local government to people across the state is not only admirable, but it is also of great importance.”

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, the Maryland Association of Counties and the Local Government Insurance Trust.

About the University of Maryland School of Public Policy

The University of Maryland School of Public Policy (SPP) draws on experienced faculty, outstanding staff and partnerships with thousands of organizations to prepare professionals to address the world’s most pressing challenges. As part of the top-tier public research institutions, the School also draws upon expertise from across campus and throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

These linkages reflect the School’s commitment to sharing its research, educational and technological strengths with the community, the State and beyond. The School has more than 25 years of experience delivering acclaimed leadership development and public policy programs to the public (federal, state and local) clients as well as for-and non-profit organizations, and government agencies from abroad.


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