The University of Tennessee has honored Bedford County Mayor Chad Graham as a Certified Public Administrator. Graham completed the requirements of the certification in August; Melisa Kelton, county government consultant with UT’s County Technical Assistance Service (CTAS), visited with Graham recently to present him with the designation of Certified Public Administrator.
“I am happy for any opportunity to learn more and prepare myself to serve the people of Bedford County,” said Graham. “It’s an honor to be recognized by UT as a Certified Public Administrator.”
To achieve the designation, a participant must complete 80 credit hours in the County Officials Certificate Training Program. The program is administered by CTAS and is available to every county official and county employee in the state.
“This is a unique program that offers a broad spectrum of training to county officials and employees to provide them with the knowledge to better serve their constituents,” said Robin Roberts, executive director of CTAS.
CTAS is an agency of the statewide UT Institute for Public Service.
Each course in the program is designed to aid county government officials in performing their jobs and efficiently administering county services. Classroom topics include ethics, fire insurance ratings, finance, records management, proactive leadership, and information technology proficiency.
“Some courses are tailored for a specific office, while others cover general managerial and governmental functions,” Roberts said. “The entire program is designed for practicality and to build skills the officials need every day to better serve their constituents.”
Bedford County photo:
Mayor Chad Graham is congratulated by Melisa Kelton of the University of Tennessee Institute for Public Service on achieving the status of Certified Public Administrator.