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Board Chair Benjamin Boykin II to Join County Officials from Across the Country at County Government Leadership Program

Ben Boykin


White Plains, NY — Benjamin Boykin II, Chairman of the Westchester County Board of Legislators, has been accepted as one of a select group of leaders in county government from across the country to participate in the 16th Annual County Leadership Institute (CLI), a rigorous program developed by the National Association of Counties (NACo) and Cambridge Leadership Associates.

CLI will be held on June 9 – 13 in Washington, D.C., and equips county officials with practical leadership strategies as they explore innovative approaches to address key issues facing their counties and constituents.

"I'm honored and excited to have been nominated by the New York State Association of Counties to be just one of 30 county leaders from across the nation to take part in this year's County Leadership Institute," Boykin said. "This will be an outstanding opportunity to learn from experts and to work with other county leaders to develop strategies and explore best practices that can be applied to helping us accomplish our goals for the people of Westchester."

“Chairman Ben Boykin is not only a leader in Westchester County government, but a true friend,” said Westchester County Executive George Latimer. “First and foremost, Ben wants to do right by the people of this County, a goal he has never lost sight of. I congratulate him on this prestigious honor, and look forward to the continuation of our good work together.”

The program helps county leaders develop their approach toward solving complex challenges. It provides tools to encourage innovation and creativity; resources for invigorating organizational culture; and best practices in effective communication, collaboration and decision-making.

Matthew Chase, NACo’s executive director, said, “County officials often address similar issues and can learn a great deal from one another. The County Leadership Institute fosters peer-to-peer learning and encourages common-sense solutions to challenges that counties and residents face every day.”

Since its inception, the Institute, known for enhancing the capacity of county officials to identify and implement innovative solutions to complex challenges, has graduated 331 leaders from over 172 counties across 45 states. This year’s program focuses on the demands of personal leadership in the modern era of government, one characterized as a “permanent crisis” by Cambridge Leadership Associates co-founder Marty Linsky.


The National Association of Counties (NACo) is the only national organization that represents county governments in the United States. Founded in 1935, NACo assists America’s 3,069 counties in pursuing excellence in public service to produce healthy, vibrant, safe and resilient counties. NACo promotes sound public policies, fosters county solutions and innovation, promotes intergovernmental and public-private collaboration and provides value-added services to save counties and taxpayers money. More information at: .

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