Ringgold Councilmember Randall Franks received the Certificate of Distinction award from the Harold F. Holtz Municipal Training Institute during the Georgia Municipal Association’s Annual Convention in Savannah on Sunday.
Mr. Franks said that achieving the best future for Ringgold’s residents and businesses is what the award is all about.
“It is a tremendous honor to have one’s efforts recognized to serve your community of residents and businesses more effectively,” Mr.
Franks said. “What it is truly about though is discovering effective approaches to solve issues and define new paths; solidifying an understanding of laws, policies and procedures to provide the best government services we all expect and deserve; and to build unique relationships with partners across the state that can help Ringgold reach its potential of success.”
The Harold F. Holtz Municipal Training Institute, a cooperative effort of GMA and the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government, provides a nationally recognized series of training opportunities for elected city officials. To receive a Certificate of Distinction a city official must complete a minimum of 204 units of credit, including at least 72 hours from a required list of courses and the Robert E. Knox, Jr. Municipal Leadership Institute. The training program consists of a series of more than 60 courses.
Councilmember Franks was one of 11 city officials to receive the Certificate of Distinction in 2018. He has served on council since 2009 and also serves as the Downtown Development Authority and Main Street chairman. Mr. Franks is an entertainment professional working as a producer, director, actor and entertainer. He is best known for his series work on NBC and CBS and films for UPtv.
“This is an outstanding achievement,” said GMA Executive Director Larry Hanson. “We commend Councilmember Franks for this accomplishment and for the dedication he’s shown in using this valuable resource to become a more effective city official.”
Based in Atlanta, GMA is a voluntary, non-profit organization that provides legislative advocacy, research, training, employee benefit and technical consulting services to its 521 member cities.