The mission of the County Training Program is to assist county government officers and their staffs execute their duties more effectively, efficiently and professionally. The County Training Program provides several resources including short-courses, handbooks, tutorials, webinars, and technical assistance. County elected officers are partners in these efforts. They serve on advisory boards, help create published materials, and sometimes participate directly in instruction.
The County Training Program benefits from the oversight and direction provided by the Commission on County Government Personnel Education and Training mandated in the Oklahoma State Statutes. Commission members consist of the President of OSU, the State Auditor and Inspector, the President of the County Officers and Deputies Association, the Director of the Department of Transportation, and the Chairman of the Tax Commission.
Certification programs have been established for each elected office. Certification programs range from three-level programs for County Commissioners, County Clerks, and County Treasurers to a single level of certification for Court Clerks, County Sheriffs, and County Assessors. The details of each program are available via the web-links provided above.
Handbooks have been created for each elected office. Most handbooks are now available in compact disk format. The disk also includes the Purchasing Handbook plus the prescribed forms used by County Clerks and County Treasurers. These electronic handbooks contain statutory references, which are hyperlinks that provide easy access to the text of all of the referenced statutes. They also include links to forms used in county offices from the State Auditor and Inspector, the Oklahoma Tax Commission, the Department of Transportation, and other state agencies.
Thanks to active collaboration between the County Training Program and individual county officers, state agencies, extension specialists, and other resources, technical assistance for questions and other issues is readily available. Assisting county officers with individual concerns is a major part of the County Training Program function.
While our mission has not changed, our teaching and delivery methods continue to evolve with changing times and technology. More online information is being offered, and we will continue to use new resources and tools to provide training and technical support.
The County Training Program is a part of the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service at OSU, which provides us with a statewide presence in all 77 counties. Extension is one-third of the land grant triangular mission that also includes teaching and research.
For more information about the County Training Program, select the “Contacts” link.