STOCKBRIDGE — Alphonso Thomas, Stockbridge city councilman, received the Certificate of Distinction Award from the Harold F. Holtz Municipal Training Institute at the Georgia Municipal Association’s annual convention in Savannah in June.
Thomas was one of eight city officials in Georgia to receive the certificate at the conference, and one of two from the city of Stockbridge. Councilwoman Neat Robinson also received the Certificate of Distinction.
To receive a Certificate of Distinction, a city official must complete a minimum of 204 hours of credit, including at least 72 hours from a required list of courses and the Robert E. Knox Jr. Municipal Leadership Institute.
The training program consists of a series of more than 60 courses.
The Harold F. Holtz Municipal Training Institute, a cooperative effort of the GMA and the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia, provides a nationally recognized series of training opportunities for elected city officials.
“I am truly honored for this recognition,” Thomas said in a press release. “I am grateful and excited to have represented Stockbridge in Savannah. The opportunity encompasses the true meaning of community.”
“This is an outstanding achievement,” said Larry Hanson, executive director of the GMA. “We commend Councilman Thomas on this accomplishment and for the dedication he’s shown in using this valuable resource to become a more effective city official.”
Based in Atlanta, GMA is a voluntary, non-profit organization that provides legislative advocacy, research, training, employee benefit and technical consulting services to its 538 member cities.