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Municipal Leadership Academy

The Municipal Leadership Academy is a continuing education program designed for and is open to both elected and appointed city officials. Appointed officials must be employed by a city in Kansas to participate in the Academy. The program offers courses in cities across the state.

The purpose of the Academy is to provide an interactive curriculum of specialized instruction that will develop the knowledge and enhance the leadership abilities of those who serve the cities of Kansas.

There are three levels of achievement in the Academy. Level I is the Education level and focuses on attendance at various training events offered by the League and others. Level II is the Achievement level and focuses on continuing education as well as participation in various government-related activities. Level III is the Leadership level focusing on leadership activities and leadership positions held in various organizations.

The League of Kansas Municipalities is proud to present its 2014 Municipal Leadership Academy, a continuing education program designed for both elected and appointed city officials. We invite you to join us for valuable learning, discussion, and networking opportunities.


Emergency Planning ELECTIVE (4 Credits)

This course will provide information necessary for a City to review their preparations for executing pre-disaster and response/recovery operations in a natural disaster.

Topics include state and federal requirements and points of contact, local procedures for implementation and planning, and management tools to be able to assess a city to determine if they are prepared to execute recovery operations.

Attendees will also receive source documents for the development of template recovery plans and operations, and have a chance to review the 2014 Kansas Response Plan.

Locations

Friday, April 25 – Lyons
10:00 am CDT / Registration: 9:30 am CDT
Celebration Centre (Rice County Community Foundation)
Highway 56
Lyons, KS 67554
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Saturday, April 26 – Council Grove
10:00 am CDT / Registration: 9:30 am CDT
Council Chambers at City Hall
205 Union St
Council Grove, KS 66846
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Instructors

John F. Sweet is the City Administrator for the City of Lyons, where he has served since 2002. He graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, a Master of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategy from the Naval War College in Newport Rhode Island in 1996, and a Master of Science Degree in International Affairs from Salve Regina University from Newport, Rhode Island in 1996. Mr. Sweet is a member of the Kansas Municipal Gas Association executive committee and the Gas and Supply Committee. He has been involved in national and international operations supporting disaster response and recovery operations worldwide, both man-made and natural. John is an appointed member of the Kansas Commission on Emergency Planning and Response representing cities in the State of Kansas since 2013.

Jim Jackson has over twenty-years of experience in water utilities, and has been with Kansas Municipal Utilities since 2011. He began his career with the City of El Dorado and has also worked for the State of Kansas Correctional Facilities, Jefferson Rural Water District #13, and the Kansas Rural Water Association. He has been involved with several emergencies in the state, including the tornadoes of Greensburg, Jewell, and Chapman, floods of Southeast Kanas, and statewide ice storms. Mr. Jackson has an associate’s of arts degree in Business from Baker University and has attended environmental technology classes from Fort Scott Community College. He is currently finishing his bachelor degree from Ottawa University in Public Administration.

Renee Lippincott is a South Central Regional Project Manager for the Business and Community Development Division, Kansas Department of Commerce, headquartered at Sterling College in Sterling, KS. She focuses on rural communities that are seeking assistance in building their own capacity to attract businesses, improve their communities and solve local problems while also identifying local, state, federal and private resources that match their needs. Renee previously served as the Executive Director of Main Street Sterling, where she managed more than 50 volunteers, assisted committees in the development of annual work plans and helped the organization respond to challenges, as well as opportunities, for downtown.

Leadership Summit CORE (5 Credits)

This two-day event will provide elected and appointed city leaders an opportunity to gather and discuss the challenges facing our cities and will focus on how leadership at the local level can better address contemporary issues in local government.

Locations

Friday, May 9 – Manhattan

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Saturday, May 10 – Manhattan

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Civility & Public Service ELECTIVE (4 Credits)

This course is designed for both elected and appointed city officials. We encourage you to attend whether you are new in your position or have considerable experience.

You will learn how to help your city define roles and develop better working relationships between elected and appointed city officials.

Our instructors will provide policies and procedures that have yielded more effective and efficient meetings across the state. In addition, you will gain realistic strategies to communicate your message with citizens and the media.

Locations

Friday, June 27 – Holcomb
10:00 am CDT / Registration: 9:30 am CDT

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May 16
Saturday, June 28 – Andover
10:00 am CDT / Registration: 9:30 am CDT

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May 16
Saturday, July 12 – Spring Hill
10:00 am CDT / Registration: 9:30 am CDT

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May 16

Instructors

Larry Baer is Legal Counsel for LKM. Before joining LKM, he was in private practice for 24 years, spending 15 years as the city attorney for Halstead, Kansas. Larry received both his Bachelors of Business Administration and Juris Doctorate from Washburn University.

Eric B. Smith, Legal Counsel with LKM, has a BS in Agricultural Economics from Kansas State University and a JD from Washburn University School of Law. Eric has experience as a County Attorney and over nine years in the legal department of the City of Topeka.

KOMA/KORA CORE (4 Credits)

Maintaining openness in government is a key responsibility for elected and appointed city officials. It is critical that city and county attorneys, along with elected and appointed officials have a working knowledge of the Kansas Open Meetings Act (KOMA) and Kansas Open Records Act (KORA).

This workshop provides an in-depth analysis of KOMA and KORA. Attendees will receive copies of the Kansas Open Meetings Manual and the Kansas Open Records Manual published by LKM as a guide to the legal and practical applications of KOMA and KORA.

Locations

Friday, August 8 – Cimarron
10:00 am CDT / Registration: 9:30 am CDT

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June 27
Saturday, August 9 – Leawood
10:00 am CDT / Registration: 9:30 am CDT

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June 27

Instructors

Larry Baer is Legal Counsel for LKM. Before joining LKM, he was in private practice for 24 years, spending 15 years as the city attorney for Halstead, Kansas. Larry received both his Bachelors of Business Administration and Juris Doctorate from Washburn University.

Nicole Proulx Aiken joined the League as a Staff Attorney in May 2010, after clerking for the Supreme Court of Kansas. She holds a J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law and a B.A. in political science from Benedictine College.

Power of Leadership ELECTIVE (4 Credits)

Locations

Friday, September 12 – Salina
10:00 am CDT / Registration: 9:30 am CDT

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August 1
Friday, September 19 – Lawrence
10:00 am CDT / Registration: 9:30 am CDT

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August 1
KOMA/KORA – CORE
Municipal Finance – CORE
Emergency Planning – ELECTIVE

Personnel Management CORE (4 Credits)

This course covers the basics of personnel management in today’s changing municipal workplace. Topics include: hiring and firing, discrimination and harassment, and personnel policies and guidelines.

Locations

Friday, November 14 – Hays
10:00 am CST / Registration: 9:30 am CST

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October 3
Saturday, November 15 – Hiawatha
10:00 am CST / Registration: 9:30 am CST

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October 3
Friday, November 21 – Mulvane
10:00 am CST / Registration: 9:30 am CST

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October 3

Instructors

Michael Koss, Legal Counsel with LKM, joined the League in January 2012, after working in the Government Affairs department of Sprint Nextel. He holds a J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law and a B.S. in political science from Kansas State University.

Nicole Proulx Aiken joined the League as a Staff Attorney in May 2010, after clerking for the Supreme Court of Kansas. She holds a J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law and a B.A. in political science from Benedictine College.

The Municipal Leadership Academy is a continuing education program designed for and is open to both elected and appointed city offi cials. The program offers courses in cities across the state.

The purpose of the Academy is to provide an interactive curriculum of specialized instruction that will develop the knowledge and enhance the leadership abilities of those who serve the cities of Kansas.

There are three levels of achievement in the Academy:

Level I focuses on education and the basics of city government. Courses are designed to develop and enrich expertise in fundamental areas of local governance.

Level I of the Municipal Leadership Academy requires 40 credits. Participants must complete 26 credits of core courses and 14 credits in elective courses.

CORE COURSES (26 credits needed)

*Civility and Public Service has replaced Guiding the Municipal Organization. Participants who have already attended Guiding the Municipal Organization will not be required to take the new course.

ELECTIVE COURSES (14 credits needed)

Each year, the Municipal Leadership Academy offers a variety of elective courses. Credit for each course will be granted based upon the subject matter and the number of hours of training offered.

CREDIT FOR OUTSIDE TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

Up to 5 elective credits may be granted for participation in approved educational programs offered by other organizations.

Participants must complete Level I before entering Level II. This level of the Municipal Leadership Academy focuses on continuing education and enhancing the participation of city officials in League and other government-related activities.

In addition to achieving the 40 credits required for Level I, participants must complete 30 additional credits in order to complete Level II. Level II includes 15 credits of required participation and 15 credits of elective courses.

REQUIRED COURSES/PARTICIPATION (15 credits needed)

ELECTIVE COURSES (15 credits needed)

Each year, the Municipal Leadership Academy offers a variety of elective courses. Credit for each course will be granted based upon the subject matter and the number of hours of training offered.

CREDIT FOR OUTSIDE TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

Up to 5 elective credits may be granted for participation in approved educational programs offered by other organizations.

Level III of the Municipal Leadership Academy focuses on developing effective partnerships and serving as a leader in the municipal government community.

In addition to the 70 credits required to achieve Level I and Level II, participants must complete 30 additional leadership credits in order to complete Level III.

LEADERSHIP POSITIONS (30 credits required)

CREDIT FOR PREVIOUS LEADERSHIP POSITIONS

Upon request, 10 credits may be credited for leadership positions (as outlined above) held prior to participation in Level III of the Municipal Leadership Academy.

Registration for the session will begin 30 minutes prior to the beginning of the course.

Cancellations must be made in writing, 3 days prior to each course.

For more information about the Municipal Leadership Academy, please contact .

Don’t see a course in your area?

Course locations are currently being scheduled for 2015 and your city could be a host. Let us know.

Hot Topic

From time to time, LKM will be implementing “Hot Topics” based on discussions taking place on various Listservs. These Hot Topics will be hour long webinars, moderated by an LKM staff member. Advance notice of Hot Topics will be sent out via League News Alerts, and will include log-in information, when timely topics present themselves. Each Hot Topic will qualify a participant to earn one elective credit hour toward the MLA program.

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