Escambia County

Valentino Earns FAC’s ACC

July 3, 2013

gene valentinoEscambia County Commission Chairman Gene Valentino has been presented with the Advanced County Commissioner (ACC) designation by the Florida Association of Counties. The designation follows the commissioner’s completion of a comprehensive study program developed by the association.

“I am delighted to be recognized by FAC as one of the 13 ACC designees this year,” said Escambia County Commissioner Gene Valentino in a county statement.  “The ACC provides excellent resources for advancing representatives’ education and I look forward to continuing to work through the program and learning more in the future.”

The ACC program was launched in 2006. Dubbed ‘The Florida Forum for County Leaders,’ the program is designed for graduates of the Certified County Commissioners (CCC) program. This year, the program was held in Alachua County, and graduated 14 commissioners.

“This certification allows our citizen electorate to become experts in county government improving their communities,” said FAC Executive Director Chris Holley. “Through FAC’s education programs we are able to teach commissioners how to advance their policies through the complexities of government bureaucracies.”

The ACC program consist of a series of three seminars, with 27 hours of course work. Seminars include: Leadership in these Turbulent and Transformative Times; Leading Your Communities During Turbulent Times; and, Understanding and Working with Stakeholders and County Makers.

Valentino received the designation during an awards ceremony at the FAC Annual Conference in Hillsborough County, Fla. in June. The Escambia commission chairman was joined by the rest of this year’s graduating ACC class:  Jimmy Anderson, Baker County; Betsy Barfield, Jefferson County; Kathy Braynt, Marion County; Paulette Burdick, Palm Beach County; Pam Feagle, Taylor County; Chip LaMarca, Broward County; Ward McDaniel, Gulf County; John R. Nelson, Sr., Jefferson County; Dave Parisot, Okaloosa County; Jim Selph, DeSoto County; Barbara Sharief, Broward County; Tynalin Smiley, Gulf County; Cark Zalak, Marion County.

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  • denise July 6, 2013 at 8:09 pm


    My understanding is that this was done by their Chamber, paid for by their Chamber from Chamber funds back when the Chamber operated on membership dues and fund drives. I don’t think that they had even one paid staff member back then and NO government funding…

  • denise July 6, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    Speaking of our ‘advanced’ CC and his economic development efforts such as the famous $300K spot…check out this film promo for Panama City from SIX DECADES AGO…then you’ll see just how far behind the curve we are…

  • joe July 4, 2013 at 2:27 am

    L. Lard. Please back off the idea that its only the republicans that are crooked, don’t care about the citizen politician. Good conservative-minded people detest Valentino and your constant assertion that Republicans are the only rotten politicians makes thinking people, dems and repubs alike, write your posts as those of a simple-minded lemming and without value.
    Just sayin…

  • L.Laird July 3, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    “comprehensive study program” did said program include how to run a major jail, how to keep inmates from dying while rewarding your friends with fat health contracts, and how to farm out the running of the jail to private contractors who will bleed the county dry, then run away, leaving major law suits and deaths? I guess Gene got an “A” plus on those subjects. We tax payers pay for Geno to wine and dine while earning this degree on how to rip off tax payers, jail personnel, professional health workers, while learning how to rewarding his republican friends…This is one great county if your a GOB….

  • Ames July 3, 2013 at 3:05 pm


  • jeeperman July 3, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    With all that knowledge on what a county commissioner can do, should do and what not to do……………..
    Lets see how long it takes for Geno to violate that knowledge.

  • EPenn July 3, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Didn’t Kevin White get this same thing a couple months before announcing he would not run anymore… My guess it involves a lot of golf outings at country clubs around the state on the county’s dime.. when that runs out its time to get your certificate and retire… But since Geno has his economic development plan in full effect (visiting/vacationing in other far a way lands) I doubt he gives up so easily… cash cow, cash cow alert!