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The Village of Algonquin, IL

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Ted Spella Leadership School

The Ted Spella Leadership School, named after former Algonquin Village President Ted Spella, seeks to bring together a cross section of participants who are eager to expand their community involvement.  This includes participation of “up and coming” leaders as well as existing leaders who want to enhance their role in the community.  Additional program goals include:

  1. Introduce the participants to key community leaders and organizations that are addressing major issues.
  2. Establish, for the participants, a network of contacts helpful for becoming effective community leaders.
  3. Provide education, training and development in leadership skills and ethics.
  4. Provide participants with an enjoyable experience as they enhance their roles as leaders, gain personal and professional growth, and form lasting friendships.

Participation in the Ted Spella Leadership School will require a serious commitment of time and energy from all attendees. The program consists of an overview of critical community issues; readings and seminar regarding leadership concepts and ethics; and eight sessions (one per month) addressing topics of community interest and concern, including:

  • Leadership, Communications, and Ethics
  • Municipal Government & Community Development
  • Public Works and Infrastructure
  • Public Safety (Police and Fire)
  • County and Township Government
  • Education and Community Service
  • Budgeting, Finance, and Taxes
  • Media and Public Relations/Local History

One or more sessions may also include “field trip” visits to certain facilities in order to gain a better appreciation of the discipline.

Registration for the 2023-2024 cohort is now open.  See below for additional details.