Build a Strong Foundation at #MACoCon With Budgeting, Risk Management, and Employment Courses

MACo’s Winter Conference on December 4-6, 2019, will feature nearly 30 educational sessions focusing on preparing for Maryland’s future. 3 Core classes from the Academy for Excellence in Local Governance will highlight foundational concepts that all elected officials need to know about budgeting, risk management, and employment.

MACo’s Winter Conference will feature 3 Academy Core Courses: Basics of Risk Management, County Financial Management, and Employment Issues.

academylogoThe Academy for Excellence in Local Governance is a volunteer certificate program for elected and appointed county and municipal officials. The program provides a strong background of necessary skills and knowledge for local government leaders. It was founded by MACo and MML, is facilitated by the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy, and is sponsored by the Local Government Insurance Trust (LGIT).

Academy courses are open to ALL conference registrants – Academy Fellows must complete evaluation forms for each class to earn credit.

At MACo’s Winter Conference, December 4-6, 2019, the following 3 Core Courses will be offered (5 Elective Courses are also scheduled):


    • Description: One of the main responsibilities of local governments is to protect its residents from risk to themselves and their property. Risk may result from a number of sources, including fire, crime, automobile accidents, harm to the infrastructure, or as a result of waste disposal. This class is designed to sharpen the awareness of officials that local government activities are subject to risks that may result in significant loss. Through learning about steps to reduce and control loss exposure and tools for identifying hazards, government officials can learn how to avoid the consequences of taking unnecessary risk.
    • Speaker:
      • Larry Bohlen, Director of Field Services, Local Government Insurance Trust (LGIT)
      • Jeff Perkins, Loss Control Consultant, Local Government Insurance Trust (LGIT)
    • Date/Time: Wednesday, December 4, 2019; 10:30 am – 11:45 am


    • Description: A challenge faced by new and veteran county officials is understanding and using the government budget process, the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, and other financial documents effectively as tools for setting priorities and managing the government while maintaining the fiscal integrity of the jurisdiction. Fiscal management can be infused with economic assumptions, technical jargon, and a process that seems foreign to the uninitiated. In this class, veteran public administrators discuss the budget process and financial reporting, as well as giving practical tips for county officials.
    • Speaker: Ted Zaleski, Director, Management and Budget, Carroll County
    • Date/Time: Wednesday, December 4, 2019; 3:15 pm – 4:45 pm


    • Description: This class provides an overview of preferred employment practices and of the legal restrictions involved in hiring, firing, promoting, and disciplining employees. The instructor addresses how positions should be advertised and interviews conducted. Also included are risk management techniques concerning proper supervision of employees.
    • Speaker: Kevin Karpinski, Principal, Karpinski, Colaresi and Karp, P.A.
    • Date/Time: Friday, December 6, 2019; 8:00 am – 9:30 am

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