GENESEO, N.Y., Jan. 26, 2024 — Elaine Szoczei, Administrative Manager for the Livingston County Highway Department, is the latest County employee to have benefited from the National Association of Counties’ High Performance Leadership Academy after having recently completed the 12-week online course.
“Prioritizing professional development is not just a strategic initiative, it’s a commitment to providing our residents with the highest quality of service and care,” added Ian M. Coyle, Livingston County Administrator. “Investing in the growth and skills of our staff directly results in improved outcomes for the individuals and families we serve here in Livingston County.”
The intensive High Performance Leadership Academy provides frontline county government professionals with practical leadership skills to deliver results for counties and communities across the U.S. The robust curriculum was developed by the Professional Development Academy in partnership with Fortune 1000 executives, public sector leaders and world-renowned academics and thought leaders, including General Colin Powell and Dr. Marshall Goldsmith. The High Performance Leadership Academy was designed specifically for the unique challenges and opportunities faced by those serving in county government.
Szoczei, who has served the residents of Livingston County for over a quarter of a century, manages the day-to-day clerical and accounting duties within the County’s Highway Department including assisting in the development of the department’s budget. Additionally, Szoczei manages the preparation of state and federal reports, bid and procurement documents, payroll and contracts while also collaborating with various municipalities and private agencies to ensure that project goals are met.
“I am appreciative of the opportunity to continue to develop and enhance my leadership skills, as well as collaborate with other professionals from across the country in the government and public sectors,” added Szoczei. “I would recommend this course to anyone in a leadership or supervisory position.”
Szoczei’s graduation from NACo’s High Performance Leadership Academy is just one example of the initiatives being undertaken by the County to provide professional development for its workforce. In addition to online training, the County has prioritized continuing educational opportunities, which are being implemented through its Training and Professional Development office.
For more information regarding the High Performance Leadership Program, please visit the National Association of Counties website.
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About Livingston County:
Founded in 1821, Livingston County, N.Y., is home to more than 61,000 residents in 17 towns located across 631 square miles of the Finger Lakes region.