The University of Tennessee honored Rutherford County Property Assessor Rob Mitchell as a Certified Public Administrator at a Capstone event at Montgomery Bell State Park on June 21, 2013.
To achieve the designation, Mr. Mitchell completed 80 credit hours in the County Officials Certificate Training
Program (COCTP). The program is administered by the UT County Technical Assistance Service (CTAS) and is available to every county employee In the state.
"No other state in the nation provides county employees with such specialized training," said Mike Garland, executive director of CTAS. CTAS is an agency of the statewide UT Institute for Public Service.
Each course in the program is designed to aid county government officials in performing their jobs and efficiently administering county services. Classroom topics include ethics, fire insurance ratings, finance, records management, proactive leadership, and information technology proficiency.
"Some courses are tailored for a specific office, while others cover general managerial and governmental functions," Garland said. "The entire program is designed for practicality and to build skills the officials need every day to better serve their constituents.