Statesboro City Council member Phil Boyum received the Certificate of Excellence from the Harold F. Holtz Municipal Training Institute during the Georgia Municipal Association’s Annual Convention in Savannah in June.
To receive a Certificate of Excellence, a city official must complete a minimum of 120 units of credit, including at least 54 hours from a list of required courses, as well as the Robert E. Knox, Jr. Municipal Leadership Institute and the four-day Regional Economic Development course.
“This is an outstanding achievement,” said the Municipal Association’s Executive Director Larry Hanson. “We commend Councilmember Boyum for this accomplishment and for the dedication he’s shown in using this valuable resource to become a more effective city official.”
Boyum is currently serving in his sixth year as a council member for District 1. Considering that Statesboro is home to Georgia Southern University, Ogeechee Technical College and East Georgia College, he said the community understands and values the importance of education.
“It is essential that local officials learn as much as possible about the inner workings of city management,” Boyum said. “Each class I have taken has given me greater insight into the complicated operations of the city, which increases my ability to make more informed decisions that benefit Statesboro and its citizens. I look forward to continuing that personal growth in the years ahead.”
In addition to the Certificate of Excellence, Boyum was recognized for his participation in this year’s Knox Municipal Leadership Institute class. The Institute is a multi-day, intensive training seminar that focuses on enhancing and sharpening leadership skills.
“The Knox Institute was a transformative experience that really opened my eyes to how communities can miss opportunities and falter when they only focus on personal goals or the goals of one particular group,” Boyum said.