Abbeville Councilman Joshua Baughman graduated from the Municipal Elected Officials Institute of Government earlier this month.
The institute was established in 1986 and is a program of the Municipal Association of South Carolina. The program gives elected officials knowledge about how local government operates. Over the course of two daylong sessions and three evening sessions, students learn the roles of elected officials and administrative staff. They also learn about the relationship between municipal officials, and local, state and federal governments.
“For almost 30 years, the association has encouraged local elected officials to participate in the institute, whether they are newly elected or have served for a while,” Miriam Hair, executive director of the association said. “This institute gives elected leaders with diverse personal and professional backgrounds an understanding and overview of the details of running a local government.”
Elected officials, such as Baughman, go to more than 25 hours of classroom work and discuss a variety of topics including: ethics and accountability, the Freedom of Information Act, economic development, budgeting, planning and zoning, and human resources.
Participants in the institute include government leaders in South Carolina and other states, state officials, and faculty and staff from South Carolina state colleges and universities.