Pottawattamie County employees recognized, praised for leadership training

Posted December 28, 2022
Posted by: Public Relations

Pottawattamie County officials are celebrating a commitment to professional growth.

At the County Board of Supervisors meeting held Tuesday, December 27th, five Pottawattamie County employees were recognized as recent graduates of leadership training from the National Association of County Officials (NACo). The High Performance Leadership Academy is an online 12-week program designed to equip frontline county government professionals with leadership skills to deliver results for communities.

“At Pottawattamie County, we believe learning is a lifelong process,” said County Board of Supervisors Chairman Tim Wichman. “The extensive training these individuals received will be very beneficial in making critical decisions and continuing to provide outstanding service for our residents.”

The five Leadership Academy graduates from Pottawattamie County include Public Health Epidemiologist Candy Heyer, Human Resources Director Jana Lemrick, Auditor Tax and Finance Officer Becky Lenihan, County Supervisor Justin Schultz, and Public Health Nurse Angela Walker.

“I think we’re all better employees for having gone through this training,” said Lemrick. “The program was rigorous at times, but worth the time invested when considering how this will help our departments strategize and communicate.”

The recognition for completing the training was bittersweet for Supervisor Schultz. The meeting on December 27th was his last as County Supervisor, ending a run of eight consecutive years of service. When asked about his time at Pottawattamie County, Schultz was quick to direct attention back to the other employees being recognized.

“There’s an awful lot I’m proud of during my time with Pottawattamie County,” said Schultz. “There will be time for me to reflect on our successes, but right now it’s not about me. We have outstanding employees, outstanding department leadership, and training our employees through programs like the High Performance Leadership Academy helps put Pottawattamie County in a position to be successful.”

For more information on NACo’s High Performance Leadership Academy visit

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