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Spiegel Delivers Local Governance Academy Address
Council Member Ryan Spiegel delivered a commencement address to the Academy for Excellence in Local Governance.
On September 28, 2019, Gaithersburg City Council Member and Maryland Municipal League (MML) President Ryan Spiegel delivered a commencement address to 92 graduates of the Academy for Excellence in Local Governance, an academic program housed within the University of Maryland School of Public Policy.
Established in 1998, the program currently partners with the School of Public Policy, MML, and the Maryland Association of Counties to help elected and appointed officials increase their understanding of how local government functions, provide a base for more informed policy making, develop capacity for more effective governance, promote high ethical standards, and recognize local officials for their educational efforts. More than 700 local government officials have graduated since the Academy’s inception. The program is supported in part by the Local Government Insurance Trust.
“I am a proud graduate of the Academy class of 2011, and it was my honor to deliver the commencement remarks for this year’s class of Fellows,” said Spiegel. “I am continually impressed by the commitment and professionalism of those who work in local government. As the level of government closest to the people, it is imperative that civil servants use all of the tools at their disposal to serve Maryland’s residents to the best of their ability. This Academy adds to what’s in those toolboxes.”
In his remarks, Spiegel noted that local government continues to be the bastion of pragmatic problem solving, cutting through all the noise and focusing on the job at hand. He congratulated the Fellows for their desire to deliver real, tangible value, and to accomplish thoughtful and meaningful improvements for their constituents. He urged the graduates to not only rely on core fundamental values to inform strategies, but to employ creativity and take risks to “reimagine tomorrow,” which is Spiegel’s theme for his one year term as MML President, ending in June of 2020.
Among the graduating Fellows was Michele Potter, the City of Gaithersburg Director of Parks, Recreation & Culture who is currently serving as the City’s Legislative Affairs Manager.