Gainesville Commissioner Graduates from Inaugural Institute for Elected Municipal Officials Course


The City of Gainesville and the Florida League of Cities (FLC) are pleased to announce City Commissioner Susan Bottcher (District III) from Gainesville, Fla. has graduated from the inaugural class of the Institute for Elected Municipal Officials (IEMO) III: The Leadership Challenge. Created 21 years ago as a way to educate newly elected officials on the intricacies of municipal government in a cost-effective manner, the IEMO emerged from a partnership between the Florida League of Cities and the John Scott Dailey Institute of Government. A second level was created in 1994 as the Advanced Institute, and now a leadership-based course has been developed as IEMO III. Bottcher previously completed the basic and advanced IEMO courses since 2011.

This inaugural class met Nov. 22-23, 2013 at the Orlando Hyatt Regency Airport Hotel. The class included leadership assessments, a keynote speech from former Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio, and case studies on municipal leadership situations. The faculty instructors for the inaugural class were Dr. Scott Paine and Dr. Mary Anne Watson from the University of Tampa.

"The Florida League of Cities’ IEMO courses provide a valuable opportunity to learn from and network with elected city officials from around Florida. I’m a strong advocate for professional development and feel my completion of all three IEMO courses over the past two years has given me the tools to better serve my community as a city commissioner."

By keeping class sizes small, participants are encouraged to network and share ideas with other elected officials in a personal group setting. In this environment where challenges and best practices are shared, new IEMO III graduates have access to new “tools” for addressing leadership challenges and solutions to local problems.

“I commend these officials for completing the class! Leadership is a skill that can always be built upon and improved,” said Pensacola City Council President and FLC President P. C. Wu. “The league and the Institute of Government are very proud of this program offered through the FLC University. Florida’s cities are fortunate to have dedicated, committed officials who continue their learning through programs like the IEMO courses. I encourage each of these new graduates to share their knowledge and expertise with their municipal colleagues as well as their citizens.”