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County Leadership Institute Applications

Posted Date: 
January 17, 2012
Harold Blattie, Executive Director, Montana Association of Counties

CLI FAQs  |  CLI Nomination Form

The National Association of Counties is accepting nominations for the 2012 County Leadership Institute until Feb 15th.  If any Montana Commissioners are interested in attending, please contact Harold Blattie, MACo Executive Director, no later than Feb 10th. 

The MACo Executive Committee will select one nominee from Montana. 

In the spring of each year a cadre of up to 30 local elected officials, nominated by their state association executive directors, meets in Washington, DC for an intensive program on adaptive leadership. CLI faculty challenge participants with new approaches to collaboration, communications and coalition building through classroom and small group exercises. CLI grads leave with a clearer sense of personal mission and a strong network of peers for continued challenge and support. Originating in 2004, CLI now boasts 186 alumni.

Ninth Annual County Leadership Institute (CLI)
June 3-7, 2012
Washington, DC

Contact your state association executive director if you’re interested in being nominated for this year’s class. The deadline for nominations is February 15.

For more information on CLI, contact Karon M. Harden, Director of Educational Services at

The CLI is a tremendous opportunity to immerse national leaders in adaptive leadership techniques, through a peer group setting.  Not only are valuable skills learned, that are immediately transferable back home, but lasting relationships are formed with county leaders throughout the nation.  The NACo CLI and its continuous professional development is one of the most valuable member benefits NACo provides.

  • Cynthia Johnson - Pondera County - 2006
  • Andy Hunthausen - Lewis and Clark County - 2008
  • Greg Chilcott - Ravalli County - 2009
  • Lesley Robinson - Phillips County - 2011

Important Note to Montana Commissioners: Attached is a FAQ sheet with additional information as well as the nomination form that should be returned to Harold Blattie, rather than NACo because the MACo Executive Committee will select one commissioner to be nominated from Montana.  If you apply and are selected, MACo will forward your nomination for to NACo.  The Montana Association of Counties will cover the registration costs but travel costs are not covered.

Harold Blattie | | 406.449.4360