Academy Program Helps Officials Become “Better Stewards of County Resources”

As previously reported on Conduit Street, over 45 local government officials and staff graduated from the Academy for Excellence in Local Governance at the University of MD on September 15, 2013.

The Academy, founded by the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo), the Maryland Municipal League (MML), and the Local Government Insurance Trust (LGIT), is a voluntary certificate program run by the University of MD. Through the program, Academy Fellows enhance their understanding of local government issues and ethical standards for public service, but also develop a foundation for informed policy making and effective governance.

Two of the graduates on Sept 15 were Queen Anne’s County Commissioner David Dunmyer and Queenstown Town Commissioner Mike Bowell. In an article by, the commissioners had the following comments about the Academy program:

“I quickly realized after the (2010) election that I had much to learn about county government. The Academy for Excellence program equipped me with all the tools I needed to better represent the citizens of Queen Anne’s County,” Dunmyer said. “This program truly helped me to be a better steward of county resources,” he added.

“There are a lot of educational programs” available through the Academy, [Commissioner Bowell] said. “I learned a great deal…We are a volunteer government,” he said. “There are some people who would like to be involved but don’t have the background. Programs like this give them that background.”

Both Commissioners are in their first terms as elected officials.

The University of Maryland’s Dean for the School of Public Policy, who runs the Academy program, gave the following comment about the Academy graduation:

“This graduation celebrates the important commitment to public service that these public officials have made,” said Public Policy School Dean Donald F. Kettl. “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.”

For more information on the Academy for Excellence in Local Governance, please visit the UMD School of Public Policy website.