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Al Carroll Recognized by NLC Leadership Program.

The National League of Cities recently recognized Avondale, Ariz., Councilmember Al Carroll as the first participant in NLC's Certificate of Achievement in Leadership Program to reach the Bronze Certificate Level.

Carroll, a member of the Leadership Training Council, earned the 16 credits in all five of the core competencies necessary to reach the bronze level by attending leadership development programs sponsored by NLC's Leadership Training Institute during the course of one year.

Carroll's achievement was noted by Dwight Horkheimer, manager, education and training, before his peers on the Leadership Training Council at its December meeting during the Congress of Cities in Boston.

Asked how he felt to be the first to reach the bronze level, Carroll responded, "It is important for local elected officials to understand why and how we operate our cities and that the critical `everyday' information offered in the LTI seminars is what people want to know more about." He continued, "If makes me proud as a peacock. One of my reasons for becoming a politician is that I will do everything I can to learn how to do a good job."

NLC's Leadership Training Institute established the Certificate of Achievement in Leadership Program in 1999. The primary purpose of the program is to recognize and acknowledge excellence in leadership by NLC members. Specifically, the program allows local elected officials to organize their professional development around five core leadership competencies: Cornerstone, Competent Practitioner, Communicator, Collaborator and Catalyst.

Al Carroll has been a councilmember in Avondale since 1990. He serves as a member of the Avondale Citizens Advisory Board, Zoning Ordinance Rewrite Committee, Southside Neighborhood Association Committee and the West Valley Fine Arts Council Board. He is also a member of the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO), the Noncommissioned Officer Association (NCOA), the Air Force Sergeant Association (AFSA) and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). Carroll has served 12 years on the precinct committee of his legislative district that included two separate two-year terms as both Chairman and 1st Vice Chairman.
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Author:Oliver, Anne
Publication:Nation's Cities Weekly
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1U8AZ
Date:Jan 22, 2001
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