Councilman Close recieves award

Published 4:33 pm Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Kregg Close (middle left) recieved the Certificate of Recognition. Pictured to the left of Close is Lamar Norton, Executive Director of the Georgia Municipal Association. Pictured to the immediate right of Close is Boyd Austin, President of the Georgia Municipal Association, and to the far right is Mara Shaw of the Carl Vinson Institute of Government.

Bainbridge Councilmember Kregg Close received the prestigious Certificate of Recognition from the Harold F. Holtz Municipal Training Institute during the Georgia Municipal Association’s (GMA) Annual Convention in Savannah on Sunday, June 25.

The Harold F. Holtz Municipal Training Institute, a cooperative effort of GMA and the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government, provides a nationally recognized series of training opportunities for city officials. To receive a Certificate of Recognition, a city official must complete a minimum of 42 units of credit, including at least 18 hours from a list of required classes. The training program consists of a series of more than 60 courses.

“This is an outstanding achievement,” said GMA Executive Director Lamar Norton. “We commend Councilmember Close for this accomplishment and for the dedication he’s shown in using this valuable resource to become a more effective city official.”

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