Each participant coughed up $250 in tuition costs for a nine-week academy offered at BGSU Firelands.
A weekly class, which began Jan. 17, focuses on refining skills government officials need to manage efficient operations.
"I absolutely think the program will be worthwhile," said Kelly Cusack, BGSU Firelands educational outreach assistant director, who's also coordinating the academy. "People seem hungry for it and the content we are delivering will be both relevant and practical."
Among the lessons scheduled include:
• Creating an environment of trust while maintaining a high ethical standard.
• Ensuring taxpayer dollars are spent wisely and efficiently.
• Engaging in effective communication with colleagues and residents while developing relationships with the press.
"I feel it's a good thing to learn more," Erie County recorder Barb Sessler said, who's attending the class. "Sometimes in these classes, you can pick up something that will be helpful for work."
Also enrolled in the class are 10 community watchdogs and area activists seeking to understand how governments should run.
"It's an investment for myself," Perkins Township resident Kathie Mueller said. "With different stakeholders together, there might be different ideas being brainstormed that can be productive to move this community forward."
For the list of the 32 local officials and community members attending the class, pick up a copy of Sunday's Register.