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Cathy Townsend Earns FCF Certified County Commissioner Designation

St. Lucie County

The Florida Counties Foundation (FCF) presented 39 County Commissioners with the Certified County Commissioner (CCC) designation following completion of a comprehensive study program developed by the Foundation. St. Lucie County Commissioner Cathy Townsend received the designation with 38 other county commissioners during an awards ceremony held at the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) Annual Conference in Orange County, Florida.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve the residents of St. Lucie County as the Commissioner for District 5. This program provides an excellent opportunity for me to continue to grow as an elected official and learn more about how I can help our community,” added Townsend.

Launched in 1996, the Certified County Commissioner Program is a voluntary program of study designed for county commissioners to learn information and enhance skills relevant to their duties and responsibilities through a series of courses totaling 45 hours.  Since the inception of the program, a total of 459 Florida commissioners have received the CCC designation.

“By participating in this program, commissioners gain valuable tools to assist them in their public service every day,” said Florida Counties Foundation Director Eric Poole. “The graduates today have shown an exceptional commitment to serving Florida’s counties. The CCC program coursework covers a variety of topics, such as ethics and Sunshine Law, county government roles and responsibilities, county government structure and authority, financial management, growth management, negotiation skills, economic development and effective communication.”

The University of Florida/IFAS Extension sponsors the Foundation’s educational programs.

For more information about the Foundation or its programs and courses, visit the FCF website at

For more than 85 years, the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) has represented the diverse interests of Florida s counties, emphasizing the importance of protecting home rule,   the concept that government closest to the people governs best. The Florida Association of Counties helps counties effectively serve and represent Floridians by strengthening and preserving county home rule through advocacy, education and collaboration.


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