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Posted on: June 16, 2022

3 Cheers to the New Leadership for the 21st Century Graduates

L21 2022 Graduation PT1 (13)

The graduation ceremony for the 2022 Leadership for the 21st Century Program (L21) participants took place on June 15. The 13 participants of the 6-month training gathered at the Oak Point Nature & Retreat Center to receive their well-deserved certificates.

After a celebratory lunch, the supervisors and department heads joined the grads as they listened to Parks & Recreation Director Ron Smith’s praises for their accomplishment. The group was encouraged to “lift where you stand” or “bloom where you’re planted” as he challenged them with stories of putting leadership into action. 

“Each of you has a unique skill. Take what you’ve learned and go make the organization even better. Lead, serve and bloom!” said Smith. 

L21 training cover a number of leadership-related topics under three main focuses:

  1. Transitioning to Leadership
  2. Building High-performing Teams
  3. Handling Difficult Situations

2022 L21 Participants:

John Barrett
Captain, Fire-Rescue
Kyle Bradford  
Patron and Event Services, Parks & Recreation
Wendi Douglas
 Administrative Support Supervisor, Police
Maggie Fox 
Librarian Supervisor, Library
Jennifer Himes 
 Administrative Supervisor, Public Safety Communications
Larry Houck 
 Asst. Emergency Mgt. Coord., Emergency Management
Michelle Keeton
Supervisor, Public Safety Communications
Melissa Kelly
Police Records Supervisor, Police
Nicholas Magiera
Public Safety Officer Supervisor, Police
Melissa Spriegel
Lead Planner/Supervisor, Planning
Sean Trauth 
Production Coordinator, Parks & Recreation
Kayla Trodick 
Supervisor, Public Safety Communications
Keith White
Environmental Quality Supervisor, Environmental Health & Sustainability


Human Resources presented the first Leadership for the 21st Century class in 2002. There have been 389 graduates to date. See images from the ceremony:   

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