Public Information Officer Mary Swaney

Councilmembers Complete Class for Newly Elected Officials

Islamorada Councilmembers Pete Bacheler, Mark Gregg and David Webb completed the Florida League of Cities new Online Orientation Class for Newly Elected Officials. During the seven-part series, Council Members participated in courses covering an array of topics designed to serve as an introduction to the foundations of serving as an elected municipal official.

The lessons began with a session to provide an understanding of the legal and structural foundations of a municipality, its charter and organizational structure. Later sessions covered the legislative role of council members, the types of meetings a municipality holds and the responsibilities and duties of council members.

Fiscal responsibilities were incorporated into the class, including the municipal budget, funding sources, timelines, audits, financial reports, an overview of governmental accounting and financial responsibilities as well as the wide array of services provided by a municipality and the financing of those services.

Florida’s broad ethics laws, best practices for serving in the role of supervisor and the intergovernmental role of council members as they work alongside regional, state and federal agencies were all included in the class.

To build on the foundation of the online orientation class, council members look forward to attending the very popular and highly regarded Florida League of Cities Institute for Elected Municipal Officials (IEMO) series when the in-person classes resume. The IEMO is an intensive academic program to assist elected officials to effectively meet the requirements of their official role.