Tough economic times can test any organization’s commitment to professional development but I’m pleased to report that despite significant budget cuts, the City is still making sure that our employees receive the critical training that they need today and for tomorrow.
None of us are getting any younger — except maybe the new recruits — which means we’ve got to constantly be planning for the succession of leadership in our City organization. I’ve always adhered to the principle that the top job of the senior leaders in the City is cultivating talent so that the organization won’t skip a beat when it’s time for transition.
I admire ambition and I want to give any employee that wants to assume a larger leadership role in the City the chance to do it. That comes from time on the job, demonstrating initiative, and being willing to put in extra hours in training and development.
The City is a service industry and services are all about the people that provide them. We can have all the fancy gadgets in the world but without quality people its meaningless. Face it, great ideas without great people are irrelevant. People make the difference – and if we ever mess up the people part, we’re done.
Employees are here by choice – and it’s our job to live up to that choice. Investing in the right people is always a winning strategy. You hire them, develop them, and then get out of their way.
Bob Treharn is a great example of how well that formula works. Below is an article that appeared in the Record Courier announcing Bob’s graduation from the Police Executive Leadership College.
Kent Police Sgt. Bob Treharn graduated from the Police Executive Leadership College in June as one of 28 students attending the fifty-sixth session of the college. PELC is a three-week leadership-training program for law enforcement executives. It is based on the premise that leadership skills can be learned. The program involves 105 class hours over three weeks on 20 topics, 24 required readings, six research papers, three speeches and three team projects. More than 1,600 Ohio law enforcement executives have attended PELC since its beginning in 1988.
Treharn has served with the Kent Police Departament for 13 years. His accomplishments during that time include being named officer of the year in 2000. He is also a graduate of the supervisor training and education program in 2007 and he was named supervisor of the year in 2009.