In October, Captain Casey graduated from COG’s Institute for Regional Excellence (IRE), a 12-month academic and hands-on leadership course developed by COG, Chief Administrative Officers and Personnel Directors from its member jurisdictions, and the George Washington University’s Center for Excellence in Public Leadership.
As a graduate of the Regional Executive Development Program, Captain Casey earned a certificate from the George Washington University and his Certified Public Manager® designation.
Captain Casey is the first member of the Sheriff’s Office to graduate from the program. Having previously attended executive leadership programs for law enforcement, Captain Casey sought out the opportunity to attend the IRE to expand his public management knowledge and experience beyond the criminal justice field. Before being accepted into the program, Captain Casey had to first apply through the City of Alexandria which then selected candidates for consideration by the IRE.
"I’m proud of Captain Casey for pursuing this challenging opportunity and for representing the Sheriff’s Office so well among other area agencies," said Sheriff Dana Lawhorne. "While he is the first from the Sheriff’s Office to graduate from the Regional Executive Development Program, I’m confident he won’t be the last."
The curriculum for the Regional Executive Development Program included personal and organizational integrity, systematic integration, public service, managing work, and leading people, and focused on problem solving at the regional level. The cohort of 28 local government managers, which initially met in person three days a month, faced the additional challenge of transitioning to remote learning and collaboration due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Two other City employees, Katye North of Transportation & Environmental Services and Mayuri Middough of General Services, also graduated in this session.