Shafer is learning new leadership skills

By on Monday, June 10th, 2024 in Columbia Basin News More Top Stories

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Umatilla County Commissioner John Shafer is spending most of the week in the nation’s capital as he attends the County Leadership Institute. Only 30 county leaders are invited to attend the institute which is operated by the National Association of Counties.

“I was nominated by our executive director for the Association of Oregon Counties to go through the program,” Shafer said. “I thought, ‘Wow, what an honor just to be nominated.’ Then, when they selected me, it blew me away.”

NACo states that attendees will learn how to effectively address the demands of personal leadership in a new era of government. CLI Developer Marty Linsky says the new era is one of “permanent crisis.” The institute starts today (Monday) and Shafer heads home on Thursday. In addition to limiting it to 30 attendees, NACo also only allows one person from each state, so Shafer is Oregon’s only representative.