Supervisors go back to class

Published 10:48 am Friday, November 24, 2023

Prince Edward County Supervisors Llew W. Gilliam Jr. and E. Harrison Jones were recently recognized by the Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) as members of the 2023 graduating class of the Virginia Certified County Supervisors’ Program. They were two of the eight graduates of this year’s newly revamped program.

The Virginia Certified County Supervisors’ Program was created to provide VACo members more in-depth knowledge about government and governing. The Program provides an overview of the issues, expectations, and practices associated with serving as a county supervisor, as well as detailed information about local government and deep-dive examinations and discussions of real scenarios that impact counties. Each participant completes three core courses – budgeting, land use and infrastructure, and leadership – over a twelve-months period.


Prince Edward County Supervisor E. Harrison Jones displays his certificate from the Certified County Supervisors’ Program.

“Congratulations to our first graduates of the new Supervisors’ Certification Program – the Class of 2023,” VACo Executive Director Dean Lynch said. “When we planned the revamped program, we knew we had to include the engagement of supervisors as much as possible. We were amazed by how much each student helped each other by sharing their experiences and offering possible solutions to real-time issues. Thank you, Class of 2023. You’ve paved the way for future classes.”

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In addition to Gilliam and Jones, Prince Edward County Board of Supervisors members Pattie Cooper-Jones, Odessa Pride, Ed.D., and Jerry Townsend are graduates of the Virginia Certified Supervisors’ Program.