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Posted on: January 30, 2024




With the new year, the Pasco County Clerk & Comptroller’s Office welcomed a new Leadership Development Program (LDP) class.  The class, made up of supervisors, managers and other teammates who have aspirations to become leaders, kicked off in January.  The Clerk’s Office teams up with Saint Leo University to provide the program, in house, to teammates.  Florida West Coast Credit Union provides funding for refreshments.

 Clerk Nikki Alvarez-Sowles welcomed the newest class, “I get really excited when these classes start.  What is so exciting in addition to the learning, is that Saint Leo comes here to us and presents some amazing leadership development for you,” said Alvarez-Sowles.  “We have it in a small classroom setting and I think you are going to get so much out of this.”

 24 team members are taking part in the 4 month long LDP course.  

 Dr. Cindy Lee is the Director for Alternative Pathways Program at Saint Leo University.  “It really is an honor to be here for the third cohort of the Leadership Development Program,” said Dr. Lee.  “Saint Leo University Center for Alternative Programs is proud to continue our wonderful partnership with Pasco County Clerk Nikki Alvarez-Sowles.”  

 Mary Owens is teaching the LDP classes.  Owens is Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Black Diamond Associates.  “I look forward to my time with the Pasco Clerk of Courts because you guys really are like sponges,” Owens told the class.  “We’re going to have a fun journey together.  It’s going to be part self-discovery, and part of deciding what’s right for you.”

 Clerk Alvarez-Sowles says this is part of her Office’s commitment to continuous improvement, and an investment in those who work here.  “If you want other trainings, please let Human Resources know,” said Alvarez-Sowles.  “ We’re just going to keep plugging away at this because I want to make sure that we’re providing you the resources you need to be amazing in the job that you do.”

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