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Terry W. Burroughs earns FAC Advanced County Commissioner Designation and the 2017 Presidential Advocate Award

Post Date:07/07/2017


July 7, 2017

CONTACT:  Cragin Mosteller (850) 294-9307
COUNTY CONTACT: Robbie Chartier (863) 763-6441


Commissioner Terry W. Burroughs earns FAC Advanced County Commissioner Designation and the 2017 Presidential Advocate Award

The Florida Association of Counties (FAC) presented Okeechobee County Commissioner Terry W. Burroughs with the Advanced County Commissioner (ACC) designation following completion of a comprehensive study program developed by the Association. Commissioner Burroughs received the designation along with 17 other county commissioners during an awards ceremony held at the FAC Annual Conference in Palm Beach County, Florida.

Additionally, Commissioner Burroughs was selected as a 2017 Presidential Advocate. This special recognition is bestowed upon county commissioners who have shown exceptional leadership in partnering with FAC during the 2017 session to advance the counties’ legislative agenda.

“I am honored to receive these awards.  I recommend all Commissioners take the opportunity to complete the Advanced Commissioner Class because it not only provides valuable information to you, but you create relationships with other Commissioners which can be of assistance to you. Being involved in crafting policies which assist rural counties, such as Okeechobee is important.  We need representation to ensure policies coming from Tallahassee have a positive effect on rural counties” Said Commissioner Burroughs.

Launched by FAC in 2006, the Advanced County Commissioner (ACC) education program is an advanced leadership program designed for graduates of the Certified County Commissioners (CCC) program. This year, the program saw 18 commissioners graduate in June with a total of 204 graduating since the inception of the program in 2006.

“Graduates of the Advanced County Commissioner program have shown an exemplary commitment to public service” said FAC Executive Director Ginger Delegal. “This invaluable program brings together veteran commissioners from throughout Florida to work collaboratively on Florida’s most pressing challenges.”

The ACC program is organized as a series of three seminars, with 27 hours of course work. The course content focuses on leading within Florida’s counties. Participating Commissioners must commit to fully participate in all three seminars in order to graduate.  Seminars include: Tough Policy Choices in Florida During Tumultuous Times; Leading Your Communities During Turbulent Times; and, Understanding and Working with Stakeholders and County Decision Makers during these Turbulent Times. The University of Florida/IFAS Extension has sponsored this program for the last nine years in Alachua County.

For more information about the ACC program and courses, visit the FAC web site at

For more than 85 years, the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) has represented the diverse interests of Florida’s counties, emphasizing the importance of protecting home rule – the concept that government closest to the people governs best. The Florida Association of Counties helps counties effectively serve and represent Floridians by strengthening and preserving county home rule through advocacy, education and collaboration.