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Posted on: November 29, 2023

Councilwoman Koss Graduates from Elected Officials Course

District 4 Councilwoman Lorraine Koss

The City of Cocoa announced today that Councilperson Koss, District 4, recently graduated from the Institute for Elected Municipal Officials II, a course from the Florida League of Cities’ Institute for Elected Municipal Officials (IEMO), a premier educational program designed specifically for Florida’s elected municipal officials.

The IEMO II course is the second level of training offered through the League’s IEMO program. Participation in this course is reserved for those municipal officials who have successfully graduated from the first-level IEMO course or have completed one or more terms in office.

“The Florida League of Cities provides a great service to all citizens,” explains Koss.  “By providing training in key areas like planning and finance they inform our decision making for the better.  I wish everyone could have this training before stepping on the dais.”

An intensive two-day program, the IEMO II course features classes and workshops focused on the numerous aspects of municipal government. Session topics include advanced financial tools, personnel and labor relations, decision-making models, media relations and more.

“It’s important for Florida’s local officials to have a strong understanding of their roles and the different aspects of leading a municipality so that they can best serve their cities,” said Florida League of Cities President Greg Ross, Mayor of Cooper City. “The League’s IEMO course is the only statewide opportunity to get this caliber of education. We are proud of the positive impact IEMO has in helping to inform, support and provide the tools that Florida’s local elected officials need to become even better leaders for their municipalities. I applaud the IEMO II graduates for their commitment to expanding their education and congratulate them for successfully completing this course.”

Created 30 years ago to educate newly elected officials on the intricacies of municipal government in a cost-effective manner, the IEMO program grew out of a partnership between the Florida League of Cities and the John Scott Dailey Florida Institute of Government. Today, the program offers multiple levels of training, with each designed specifically for municipal officials of all levels. It is the most popular training that the Florida League of Cities offers.

Those officials who completed IEMO II can receive credit toward FLCU’s Certificate Program for Elected Officials, which recognizes elected officials who take part in the League’s many training opportunities. Once they sign up, this multi-level certificate of achievement program allows attendees to earn points for the activities and events they attend and participate in. To learn more, visit flcities.com/certificate.

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