Academy Offers Public Information Act, Consensus & Team Building Courses at #MACoCon

Academy for Excellence in Local Governance Core Courses to be offered at the MACo Summer Conference.

“Public Information Act” and “Consensus & Team Building” are 2 of 8 Core Courses required by the Academy for certification. The Academy program is a voluntary certification offered through the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy.

You do not need to be a Fellow in the Academy to participate in these courses, but you do need to register for MACo’s Summer Conference to attend.

Consensus & Team Building
This class introduces county leaders to the basic skills needed to successfully resolve conflict and build consensus within a local government setting. Particular emphasis is placed on developing ways to improve the design of public processes to enhance community involvement and satisfaction. This class is highly interactive and involves analysis of real world examples as well as small group work built around hypothetical situations that will seem familiar to anyone who has served as a local government official.


  • Thomas Reynolds, Director, Education Services, Maryland Municipal League (MML)
  • Heather Fogg, Quality Assistance Director, Maryland Judiciary’s Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office (MACRO)
  • Nick White, PhD, Evaluations and Research Director, Maryland Judiciary’s Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office (MACRO)

Moderator: The Honorable Randy Guy, President, Commissioners of St. Mary’s County

Date/Time: Wednesday, August 17, 2016; 1:15 pm – 3:15 pm

Public Information Act
What kind of information should be released to the public upon request? Many difficulties can be avoided by knowing the answer. This class helps officials and staff at all levels understand the requirements of state law governing requests for public records and suggests best practices for handling those requests. The class includes small roundtable discussions using real-life scenarios to further illustrate appropriate responses to requests from the public or the press

Speaker: Adam Snyder, Chief Counsel, Opinions, Advice & Legislation, Office of the Attorney General

Moderator: The Honorable Barry Glassman, County Executive, Harford County

Date/Time: Wednesday, August 17, 2016; 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm


Academy Fellows with questions about their transcripts should contact registrar Aisha Washington at or (301) 314-2641.

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