Sunflower County Comptroller Stephanie M. Washington was part of a select group of persons chosen from across the state to participate in the 2018 State Executive Development Institute of Mississippi.
SEDI is a week long, executive style, graduate level, program offered by the John C. Stennis Institute of Government and Community Development at Mississippi State University. It is designed to prepare state and local government executives to be more efficient leaders.
The course is an intense institute that ran six days and lasted from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. each full day. She was there from May 6 to May 11.
Washington said gaining the certification will allow her to be more helpful during the county’s budgeting process and better assist the county administrator. The certification also helps toward her postgraduate academic studies.
She had to apply and be accepted to fill one of the 25 slots in order to participate in the program. Washington said she only recently learned about the institute during the spring conference she and County Administrator Gloria McIntosh attended.
The course covers a wide range of topics including leadership, management theory, conflict resolution and ethics.
The Sunflower County Board of Supervisors along with McIntosh and Attorney Johnny McWilliams stood in full support of Washington and her accomplishment.