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The first Missouri Leadership Academy class comprises 23 government employees.
The first Missouri Leadership Academy class comprises 23 government employees.

Local government workers join state leadership academy

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Four Springfield-area government workers are part of the first class of up-and-coming state leaders to join the Missouri Leadership Academy.

Gov. Mike Parson yesterday announced the program and released the names of the 23 government employees participating in the July-January initiative.

The three Springfield workers are:
    •    Jeremy Beller, senior claims supervisor for the Department of Labor’s Springfield Regional Claims Center, who supervises 20 people and has been with the department for 20 years;
    •    Tiffany Lomosi, district administrator of the Department of Corrections’ Division of Probation and Parole, who oversees District 10 North in Springfield and 24 staff members;
    •    Tanika Nevills, manager of the Department of Social Services’ Southwest Regional Resource Center, who oversees 26 resource centers in 12 counties; and
    •    Scott Pinkley, youth group leader for the Department of Social Services’ Mount Vernon Treatment Center, who started with the department in 2005.

“Leadership is critical for any organization to succeed. For far too long, we have not invested in the next generation of our state government leaders,” Parson said in a news release. “I am proud that we are investing to make our leaders better for their teams and for the citizens of Missouri.”

The Missouri Leadership Academy seeks to train government workers from all of the state’s 16 executive departments on becoming better leaders. Starting this month, the academy class will participate in individualized leadership assessments, job skill workshops and on-the-job training implementation.

The next class is slated to be nominated by a committee of Cabinet department leaders to start in January, according to the release.

“World-class organizations invest in their leaders. We heard loud and clear that our state of Missouri colleagues want to have opportunities to grow and develop their leadership skills,” said Drew Erdmann, Missouri’s chief operating officer, in the release. “Good leaders empower good teams, and good teams deliver good results for our citizens.”

The Missouri Leadership Academy represents a partnership with state officials and the University of Missouri’s Novak Leadership Institute.

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