Sunday, Dec 2, 2012
Garza County News

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Judge Lee Norman is shown with a custom cake, made by local artisan Kristi Wink, presented to him for his 62nd birthday which occurred just a couple of weeks after the county judge completed the Commissioners Court Leadership Academy.

Judge Norman Graduates Leadership Academy

Published Aug. 30, 2012 @ 6 a.m.

Twenty county judges and commissioners graduated August 16, 2012 from the Commissioners Court Leadership Academy sponsored by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service's V.G. Young Institute of County Government.

Rick Avery, Director of the V.G. Young Institute of County Government, recognized the graduates for their commitment to advancing their leadership skills. Garza County Judge Lee Norman was among the graduates of the class.

"These individuals are to be commended for the time and effort they spent to enhance their leadership abilities," said Avery. "I believe the lessons they take away from the Academy will directly benefit those they serve."

The ceremony concluded a 2-day session for the academy members in College Station. During their stay, the class members met with leadership specialists and toured the Texas Engineering Extension Service's Brayton Fire Training Field and Disaster City as well as received a briefing at the Texas Forest Service's State Operations Center.

The Commissioners Court Leadership Academy is a two-year program consisting of four multi-day sessions. These sessions are held in various locations in Texas and Washington D.C., and give commissioners court members a chance to increase their knowledge of county government, develop communications skills, and improve their ability to serve in a leadership position.

"I have really enjoyed the time spent learning from experts in their fields of county and state government.  The contacts we developed from the Commissioners Courts all over the state are valuable contacts as we begin another legislative session in 2013." said Judge Norman.

The V.G. Young Institute of County Government is a part of Texas AgriLife Extension Service and The Texas A&M University System. Located in College Station, the Institute works to meet the educational needs of county officials and the public by anticipating, identifying, and addressing the challenges and opportunities faced by Texas county government.

Applications for the next class will be available in the fall of 2012. For more information about the Commissioners Court Leadership Academy, additional V.G. Young Institute of County Government programs and online educational opportunities, visit

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