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Councilmember Rick Williams graduates from Institute for Elected Municipal Officials III: the Leadership Challenge

By Staff | Apr 12, 2016

Cape Coral Councilmember Rick Williams has graduated from the Institute for Elected Municipal Officials III: the Leadership Challenge. Councilmember Williams, who represents District 6, is the first Cape Coral council member to successfully complete the course.

The Leadership Challenge is offered annually by the FLC’s training division FLC University. The program was created in 2013 by the Florida League of Cities and is the third phase of the Institute for Elected Municipal Officials. The two-day coursework focuses on interpersonal relations and the officials’ ability to work effectively with others.

“This was a very informative program, well worth attending,” Williams said in a prepared statement. “The courses offered by the Florida League of Cities are beneficial for first-term elected officials.”

The Institute was established in 1992 to educate newly elected officials on the intricacies of local government. A second phase the Advanced Institute was added in 1993. Elected officials who have graduated from both the basic course and the Advanced Institute can enroll in the Leadership Challenge course.

By successfully completing the Leadership Challenge, Williams became the first Cape Coral council member to complete all three phases of coursework offered by the FLC University’s Institute for Elected Municipal Officials.

“I commend these officials for completing the Leadership Challenge. Leadership is a skill that can always be built upon and improved,” said Hawthorne Mayor and FLC President Matt Surrency in the statement. “The League is very proud of this program offered through the FLC University. Florida’s cities are fortunate to have dedicated, committed officials who continue their learning through these types of programs.”

Source: City of Cape Coral