The first presentation was on local government by Tom Wagner, Esq., Solicitor for the City of St. Marys. He discussed the structure of the local government and how it impacts our daily lives. After the presentation, the class divided into groups for a simulated City Council meeting and then a school board meeting. The participants were given topics such as parking in downtown St. Marys and the recreation director position. St. Marys City Manager, Tim Pearson participated in the city council meeting and he explained how difficult the decision making process can be at times. Superintendent, Dr. Toth participated in the mock school board meeting, and provided the participants insight into how the board operates. This experience helped LEC participants to gain a better understanding of the policies and procedures that elected officials must follow as well as the challenges that they face.
Lunch was catered by Gunners Restaurant and sponsored by Meyer, Wagner, Brown and Kraus Law Office.
Following lunch the group traveled to Ridgway for a tour of the Elk County 911 center with Mike McAllister, Director of Emergency Management. He discussed various emergencies they’ve encountered. He explained the expanded role of the 911 center as a regional center and the different areas they can provide assistance.
Kimberly Frey, Director of Elections for Elk County provided a brief overview of the electoral process and how to get on a ballot. Jury Duty was the next topic covered, Marti Masson, District Court Administrator for Elk and Cameron Counties explained the process by which they select jurors.
Lastly, the group had an open discussion with President Judge Richard A. Masson. He was broadcasted through interactive television (ITV) from the Cameron County Courthouse where he was presiding that day.
Leadership Elk County is a program of the Community Education Center (CEC). Applications for next year’s class will be available in April. If you would like to learn more about the class or would like to register, please contact the CEC at (814) 781-3437 or visit email@example.com or (814) 781-3437.
2017 Leadership Elk & Cameron Participants include Amy Anderson, Warren Beck, Michelle Brooks, Roseann Crissman, Yvonne Gerber, Jessica Herzing, Fritz Lecker, Ann Marie Pfoutz, Christopher Pletcher, Bri Pursley, Alyse Renwick, Tina Solak, Lisa Sorg and Cathy Walters.