By Nassau County Board of County Commissioners
Nassau County, Florida, July 10, 2023 – Commissioners A.M. “Hupp” Huppmann and
Klynt Farmer were both presented with the Certified County Commissioner (CCC)
designation from the Institute of County Government (ICG) during an awards
ceremony held at the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) Annual Conference and
Educational Exposition held in Orange County, Florida.
The CCC designation is a voluntary program of study designed for county
commissioners to learn information and enhance skills relevant to their duties and
responsibilities as an elected official.
Upon completing the program, Commissioner Huppmann stated, “I’m grateful that the
Florida Association of Counties has this type of program in place. It allows new
Commissioners such as myself to quickly gain insight and valuable knowledge in
complex areas of a properly functioning local government. Education is a key
element to effectively serving the citizens of Nassau County. I look forward to starting
work on the Advanced County Commissioner Level I and II programs.”
Commissioner Klynt Farmer added, “The Certified County Commissioner program is
a great resource to Commissioners. Not only does it allow us to gain knowledge that
can be used to better serve our constituents, it also allows us to hear about important
issues that counties are facing around the State and to learn from their experiences. I
can’t say enough great things about this program. I am also looking forward to
becoming an Advanced County Commissioner so I can continue to maximize my
The CCC educational program is an initiative comprising 45 hours of coursework.
This program’s curriculum encompasses a diverse range of courses, such as growth
management, financial management, and ethics, as well as elective courses such as
affordable housing, emergency management, and resiliency.
“Due to the voluntary nature of the CCC program, a commissioner who dedicates
themselves and their time is making a profound commitment to their community,”
shared Eric Poole, the Executive Director of the Institute for County Government.
“Their pursuit reflects their determination to challenging themselves to be the most
effective public servant possible.”
Alongside Commissioners Huppmann and Farmer, 19 commissioners earned the
CCC designation at the FAC award ceremony. A total of 554 commissioners have
graduated from the program since its inception in 1996.
The CCC program is made possible through a continuing partnership with the
University of Florida/IFAS Extension, located in all 67 counties in the State of Florida.
To learn more about ICG and the CCC designation, please visit flicg.org.
Founded in 1929, the Florida Association of Counties has represented the diverse
interests of Florida’s counties, emphasizing the importance of protecting home rule –
the concept that communities and their local leaders should make the decisions that
impact their community. The Florida Association of Counties helps Florida’s counties
effectively serve and represent their communities through Advocacy, Collaboration