Politicians go back to school

Elected officials from 30 Saskatchewan municipalities went back to school this week.

From Aug. 12-14, the leaders were at the University of Regina “filling their toolkits with new skills, knowledge and confidence as they built networks with their peers around the province,” the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) said in a press release.

SUMA hosted the educational experience, tailored to the municipal leaders. The summer school brings together mayors, councillors and reeves to learn about governance and leadership. Leaders participated in sessions on the council-administration dynamic, asset management, resolving disputes, handling complaints and more.

“Municipal leaders play a vital role in Saskatchewan’s local governments, and it’s important to SUMA to help equip these officials with the best tools and knowledge available,” said SUMA President Gordon Barnhart, who is also attending as a councillor for the Town of Saltcoats. “We want leaders to be able to fulfill their roles to the very best of their abilities.”

Municipalities represented included St. Brieux, Nipawin, Warman, Creighton, Star City, White City and more.