New Commissioner Resources

This information is provided to help officials transition into their new governing roles. As a county commissioner you have a wide range of topics that you need to understand for your job including legal requirements, nature of county organization, finance and budget, and strategies for success in this role.

 

Education & Training

To welcome new Commissioners into the Association and have them become familiar with the education programs FAC offers, a New Commissioner Orientation will be held at the Legislative Conference in November just after the election. During this orientation, Commissioners will get an overview of the Florida Association of Counties, they will meet FAC staff and fellow new commissioners and hear about what the Association provides for our members. The next New Commissioner Orientation will be held in November of 2018. For more information on this workshop, please contact Becky Berentsen at 850-414-7936.

The New Commissioner Workshop is held every other year in January following an election. The next workshop for New Commissioners will be held in 2019 at the University of Florida Hilton Conference Center in Alachua County. This workshop covers a wide range of topics from an overview on Ethics to Running a Meeting. The New Commissioner Workshop is one of the core classes in the CCC program and Commissioners attending both days of this workshop will receive 6 Core credit hours.

 

Advocacy

County officials should never underestimate their influence on legislators during Legislative Session. County elected officials are the most effective lobbyists. While FAC Staff is at the Capitol every day, county commissioners - as elected officials - are the most effective voice for county government. Phone calls, visits, emails, or fax messages from you to your legislators carry tremendous weight.

Click here for valuable tips when lobbying the legislature.

 

Florida County Government Guide

 

Online Resources

NACo County Leadership Handbook - 2011 Edition

2014 Florida Statutes Chapter 125