Newly Elected Officials Academy


As governing becomes increasingly complex, elected officials are faced with challenging issues related to fiscal stability, governance, risk management, and the health and safety of their communities. Learning to govern efficiently, effectively, ethically, and wisely requires considerable time, effort, and education on the part of an elected official. With that in mind, the California JPIA has developed its Newly Elected Officials academy for local government officials.

The academy is a hands-on learning experience, with information delivered through a series of sessions presented by professionals experienced in local government. Open discussion and active dialogue by attendees is encouraged throughout the academy. Past participants have praised both the quality and usefulness of the sessions, and the opportunity to interact with peers from other member agencies from across the state.


  • Fundamentals of local government
  • Finance basics
  • Polishing the professional image
  • The council members role
  • The California JPIA
  • A practical guide to immunities and defenses available to public agencies
  • A practical guide to media relations
  • The board member’s role


The academy is geared toward newly elected officials still within their initial two years in office.