Ahearn-Koch graduates from Florida League of Cities’ Institute for Elected Municipal Officials

16-hour course covers multitude of municipal issues

Commissioner Jen Ahearn-Koch. Image from her campaign website

Sarasota City Commissioner Jen Ahearn-Koch recently graduated from the Florida League of Cities’ Institute for Elected Municipal Officials, the city has announced.

“The 16-hour course covers a wide array of topics,” a news release notes — from municipal government structure to intergovernmental relationships to revenue components and governmental accounting.

“Taught by a voluntary faculty with experience in local government, this comprehensive course grew out of a partnership between the Florida League of Cities and the John Scott Dailey Institute of Government,” the release explains.

“It offers some incredibly valuable information from experienced professionals,” said Ahearn-Koch in the release, “but perhaps the most valuable aspect is the opportunity to network with leaders in other cities and to learn from their successes and failures. Every city is unique, but each community experiences common issues and develops unique approaches to solving those problems.”

The course was created 20 years ago as a cost-effective way to educate newly elected officials about the complexities of municipal government, the release adds.

Ahearn-Koch was elected to an at-large seat on the City Commission in May 2017.