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Two officials complete training
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Forsyth County News
Two Forsyth County officials recently completed a certification program through the Association County Commissioners of Georgia.

Commissioner Patrick Bell and County Manager Doug Derrer were among the more than 100 officials recognized at an April 30 ceremony.

The Commissioners Training Program is offered by the association in conjunction with the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia.

Ross King, executive director, said in a statement that the association has educated more than 2,600 elected and appointed county officials in 20 years.

“Our training programs are nationally recognized as an outstanding example of training for county commissioners and other county officials,” King said.

Certified commissioners receive an additional $100 per month to their salaries, as mandated by the state, said county spokeswoman Jodi Gardner.
The training program includes five required courses plus electives for a total of 48 hours of instruction.

Commission Chairman Charles Laughinghouse also has the certification, Gardner said. Commissioner Jim Harrell will receive his soon, having just completed his final course.