Training Calendar

Balancing Leadership and Risks While Serving the Public

Sep 06, 2017, MCIT Building, St. Paul, Minn.
Registration, 8:30 a.m.; Training 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Registration fee: $45 per person

Brochure cover for seminar "Balancing Leadership and Risks While Serving the Public" in St. Paul Sept. 6, 2017Next Steps in County Government for New Commissioners

Sept. 6, 2017, MCIT Building: 100 Empire Dr., St. Paul, Minn.
Registration fee: $45 per person

REGISTER NOWThis link takes you to the Association of Minnesota Counties event registration site. If you have questions about registration, please contact AMC at 651.789.4341

By September, new commissioners have eight months of service under their belts and have encountered enough issues and circumstances that may have left them with even more questions than they had when they first took office. Co-sponsored with the Association of Minnesota Counties, “Balancing Leadership and Risks While Serving the Public” is specifically developed for elected officials to give them the knowledge and skills they need to serve the public while complying with laws and managing various risks. The seminar uses scenarios and work groups, giving participants the opportunity to practice applying techniques to the real world of county government.


Successfully Navigating Open Meetings
Conducting county business in the open is the foundation of the Minnesota Open Meeting Law. However, for new commissioners, the reality of doing this may be worrisome, especially for those unused to having their decisions being scrutinized and open to all. Topics include:

  • An in-depth exploration of the Minnesota Open Meeting Law, highlighting areas of frequent concern and ways to navigate them
  • Techniques for managing risks during public comment periods
  • An explanation of how the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act intersects with open meetings, particularly relative to personnel data

Participants have time to ask questions and apply their knowledge to various scenarios that county commissioners face frequently.

Bridging Divides: Getting from Disagreement to Done
Angry constituents? Hot topics like buffer strips and law enforcement-community relations? Fellow board members who feel passionately about issues? Participants learn what to do when emotions run high and positions are deeply held. Compromise is not the only option. In this workshop, participants learn how to de-escalate difficult situations and move from conflict and impasse to effective solutions. Participants practice identifying what other people actually need—even when they are not saying it—so they can move forward. Participants learn how to articulate their needs in ways that make difficult people responsive, manage high emotions and develop solutions that get implemented.

Panel Discussion of County Governance Models: Administrator or Coordinator?
Many newly elected commissioners ask questions about different models of county governance. During this session, a panel of county administrators and past coordinators share their years of professional experience. They provide an overview of county administrative structures and history, roles and responsibilities along with practical tips for achieving strong board-staff working relationships.

More Information

  • Registration, 8:30 a.m.; Training 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • Recommended Audience: Newly elected commissioners, but more experienced commissioners may find the seminar valuable.
  • Register: This link takes you to an AMC event registration site.
  • Questions about registration: Contact AMC at 651.789.4341
  • Questions about the event: Contact AMC at 651.789.4341 or MCIT at 1.866.547.6516
  • Complete details: Download the full brochure.

Fees may be submitted at any time. They need not accompany your registration form. An invoice will be issued for any fees not paid by the training session date. If you require a signed voucher to submit payment, please forward it to MCIT. We do not accept credit cards.

Cancellation Policy: Individuals registered for training sessions will not be billed for cancellations made at least one week prior to the session. Cancellations received after the deadline will be billed for the entire registration fee.