Leadership Columbiana County continued its 2010-2011 sessions on Jan. 19.
The 12 participants got a taste for how our county government operates. They began their day with the county commissioners.
They stressed how important it is to work with each department head to ensure they are running in an efficient manner while maintaining an adequate budget to meet the needs of the residents of Columbiana County.
They also were given a chance to ask questions on the current financial state of the county. Commissioners discussed the impact the gas leases will have on the local economy. They also discussed several projects they are currently working on, including building the new facility for the Department of Jobs and Family Services.
The day continued with tours of the Recorder's and Auditor's offices. Again, the class witnessed the impact the gas leases have on the daily operations of these offices. Both are extremely busy helping to determine ownership of properties and mineral rights.
The class also learned about the increase in tax values and how that impacts not only individuals, but the offices required to collect on the new values. Juvenile and Probation Court Judge, Judge Thomas Baronnzi also spoke to the LCC Participants. He discussed the difficult cases he presides over and the joy he receives when he is able to make a difference in someone's life.
Judge Ashley Pike was also accommodating to the class. He allowed them to observe a portion of the Irwin murder trial which was in its second day of testimony. The students heard testimony from one of the officers who arrived first on the scene. The experience was very beneficial as many of the students had never witnessed a trial.
Kathie Chaffee, Associate Director of the Columbiana County Mental Health Recovery Services Board spoke on Political advocacy in the afternoon. She discussed steps one would take to have their message heard by not only government officials, but also individuals in our county. The class received several tips and shared stories of what has worked well when promoting a cause.
Leadership Columbiana County will continue its sessions in February when participants meet with Columbiana County ESC to discuss education and its importance on improving the quality of life in the county.
Leadership Columbiana County is a non profit organization that provides intensive classroom and hands-on experience to build leadership capabilities. The program is governed by a board of directors and is self sustained through tuition, corporate, and community support. Participants are nominated by their company or individuals and must complete an application in order to be accepted into the program. Each class attends nine day long sessions and must complete a project that impacts the county in a positive manner. Interested individuals may learn more about LCC by visiting the website at www.leadershipcolumbianacounty.org or by calling Amanda Frost at 330-852-2639.