BELLEAIR BLUFFS – Commissioners Jack Nazario and Joseph Barkley were among the graduates of a new leadership class held by the John Scott Dailey Florida Institute of Government.
Nazario and Barkley graduated from the inaugural class of the Institute for Elected Municipal Officials III: The Leadership Challenge. Created 21 years ago as a way to educate newly elected officials on the intricacies of municipal government, the IEMO emerged from a partnership between the Florida League of Cities and the John Scott Dailey Institute of Government.
A second level was created in 1994 as the Advanced Institute, and now a leadership-based course has been developed as IEMO III.
The inaugural class met Nov. 22-23 at the Orlando Hyatt Regency Airport Hotel. The class included leadership assessments, a keynote speech from former Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio and case studies on municipal leadership situations. The faculty instructors for the inaugural class were Scott Paine, Ph.D., and Mary Anne Watson, Ph.D. of the University of Tampa.
”I am pleased to continually have the opportunity to represent the City of Belleair Bluffs at not only a local level but at a State level as well” said Barkley.
“It was a great learning experience for me and an excellent tool to use for improvement of my leadership skills” said Nazario.
“I commend these officials for completing the class! Leadership is a skill that can always be built upon and improved,” said Pensacola City Council President and FLC President P. C. Wu. “The League and the Institute of Government are very proud of this program offered through the FLC University. Florida's cities are fortunate to have dedicated, committed officials who continue their learning through programs like the IEMO courses. I encourage each of these new graduates to share their knowledge and expertise with their municipal colleagues as well as their citizens.”