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Aldermen Rosseel, LaMarche garner achievement awards

Aldermen Mary Dorothy “Dot” LaMarche and Thomas “Tom” Rosseel have each received a Bronze Certificate of Achievement in Leadership from the Leadership Training Institute of the National League of Cities.

The Leadership Training Institute offers classes on leadership and other related topics to elected officials. Any attendee must complete five competency areas: cornerstone, competent practitioner, communicator, collaborator and catalyst. These areas cover topics from leadership theory to interpersonal communication to the promotion of change.

According to LaMarche, each leadership class is worth two hours. To receive the bronze level, a person must complete 16 hours of training. The levels proceed up to diamond, which is earned after 80 hours of training.

“The more you understand as an elected official, the better I think you are as an elected official, better able to cope with the issues that come before you, and that’s really the purpose: to provide education to elected officials so we can serve better,” Rosseel said.

“You can learn how your town does something, but it’s always nice to see how other people have dealt with budget issues and how they do strategic planning,” he added.

“I think it’s a great opportunity that the Town affords us to be a part of, in that we are always constantly in continuing education so that we can learn from other cities and learn from people who have similar problems and similar achievements to what we have,” LaMarche said.


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