Oswego County’s Potter Receives Honors for Completing County Government Institute

Milferd Potter, Legislator for Oswego County District #2, will be honored this week by the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) for graduating from the NYSAC Dennis A. Pelletier County Government Institute. The ceremony will be held on Tuesday, January 31st at the 2012 NYSAC Legislative Conference in Albany.

The NYSAC Pelletier County Government Institute is an educational program established by the New York State Association of Counties in conjunction with Cornell University. The Institute provides an educational program for county elected and appointed officials, to enhance the knowledge, skills and abilities of county officials. The Institute allows the public officials to engage in informed, constructive and civil discussions on the current challenges they face as public servants. For more information, visit www.nysac.org.

“This vigorous curriculum is designed to prepare county leaders with the necessary skills and knowledge to rise to meet the increasing demands and challenges of civic leadership today,” said NYSAC Executive Director Stephen J. Acquario.

Mary Pat Hancock, President of NYSAC and Chairperson of the Genesee County Legislature, agrees. “Graduates of the Pelletier Institute are prepared for the trials and opportunities of leadership and are more effective in serving the public.”

Mr. Potter was first elected in November 2005 and has served on four different Legislative Committees: Public Safety and Emergency Services, Infrastructure and Facilities, Finance and Personnel and Strategic Planning and Government, which he chaired for the past three years. An active community volunteer, he is a Life Member of the Agricultural Society of Oswego County, The Ricard Grange, Amboy Lodge and Half-Shire Historical Society. Mr. Potter is a familiar face at the annual county fair, where he has been an active volunteer for over 30 years. He served as Orwell Highway Superintendent for 20 years prior to his election to the County Board.

Mr. Potter praised his experience in the Institute, saying, “The NYSAC Pelletier Institute classes have helped me better understand the role of our County Board and the relationships with State Government. I highly recommend that every elected official become accredited.”

The Institute’s comprehensive curriculum includes extensive course work on government ethics, building consensus in a political environment, principles of county budget and finance, and public sector labor/management relations. These are supplemented with electives, training sessions and continuing education courses designed to assist county leaders in serving their constituents to the best of their ability.

The New York State Association of Counties is a bipartisan municipal association serving the counties of New York State including the City of New York. Organized in 1925, NYSAC’s mission is to represent, educate and advocate for Member Counties and the thousands of elected and appointed county officials who serve the public.