Sheriff Robert Arnold (left photo) and Capt. Egon Grissom (right photo) completed a 40-hour Chief Executive Leadership Course offered by the Southern Police Institute from the University of Louisville.
Classes included legal issues in law enforcement, effective risk management for chief executives, conducting effective internal investigations, getting the most out of employees, dealing with the political environment, the importance of sound performance evaluations, ethical leadership in the 21st century, effective media relations, managing organizational change and generational issues, developing subordinates by setting expectations, responding to officer involved shootings, mitigating disaster in your community, effective leadership tools, police effectiveness in the community, innovation and technology, budgetary techniques, tabletop exercises regarding strategy planning and developing work and action plans.
“The best thing about the class was the diverse education and skill levels and management levels of leadership in the class,” Sheriff Arnold said, adding the class members included police chiefs from the Virgin Islands and Alaska, who shared their ideas and experiences about what works and what doesn’t work.
Sheriff Arnold was the only sheriff in the class.
Captain Grissom said he learned the most by listening to chiefs and members from other departments who related information about other experiences. They heard from the Boston Police chief about handling the Boston Marathon bombing investigation.
“The class was worthwhile,” Captain Grissom said. "They provided us with useful tools and different ideas to implement in our various organizations in the never ending attempt at improvement.”