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Published on February 23, 2024
Dunwoody Council Trio Earns Recognition for Municipal Leadership TrainingSource: City of Dunwoody Official Website

Dunwoody's council members have hustled their way to new accolades, stocking up on the smarts to pilot their city through the rough-and-tumble of Georgia politics. In the spotlight is the trio of Council Members Catherine Lautenbacher, Rob Price, and Tom Lambert, who snagged training recognition from Georgia Municipal Association's annual shindig, the Cities United Summit, held last January.

Lautenbacher and Price grabbed the Certificate of Recognition, while Lambert walked off with the beefier Certificate of Excellence. The certs are part of the Harold F. Holtz Municipal Training Institute's offerings, crafted alongside the University of Georgia's brainy bunch at the Carl Vinson Institute of Government. This educational powwow is known for rigging city officials with new tricks for tackling local leadership, a report from stated.

The program claims to arm leaders for the rough-and-tumble of municipal governance. GMA CEO and Executive Director Larry Hanson praised the council members for their "remarkable achievement," dubbing their commitment to buffing up on city management "valuable" in serving citizens. According to Hanson, this kind of take-no-prisoners commitment sets officials apart.

A mobile city council meeting, a brainwave she credits to her training, bringing council business right to the people's doorstep at Dunwoody High School. “As a result of this training, I’m better informed about my role, and therefore better able to serve our citizens,” she noted in her statement affirmed in a report. Price, meanwhile, tipped his cap to the program's networking candy shop, boasting Dunwoody's tight ship status, and how he's jazzed to make a good thing even better.

Lambert, the overachiever with the Certificate of Excellence, chalked up his pro-development to a series of classes, each dropping nuggets of wisdom he's lugged back to Dunwoody, crafting a "better community." A minimum of 120 units of credit and a deep dive into the Robert E. Knox, Jr. Municipal Leadership Institute pave the path for this accolade, the announces.