Press Release
Sabrina Robertson
Nassau County Public Information Officer

John Martin

Nassau County, Florida, July 15, 2021 – The Institute for County Government (ICG) presented Nassau County Commissioner John Martin with the Certified County Commissioner (CCC) designation following completion of a comprehensive study program developed by the Institute. Commissioner Martin received the designation with 48 other county commissioners during an awards ceremony held at the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) Annual Conference in Orange County, Florida.

Upon receiving the designation, Commissioner Martin stated, “The Certified County Commissioner Program has been very beneficial to me as a new County Commissioner. I was able to network with Commissioners from other counties to learn more about their initiatives, as well as the challenges they are facing, particularly in a post-pandemic world. The knowledge provided to me is immeasurable and I look forward to completing the Advanced County Commissioner Certification and further maximizing my skills”.

The CCC designation is not required in order to serve as a county commissioner in Florida. However, county commissioners may voluntarily enroll in the program to learn additional information and foster skills relevant to their duties and responsibilities as an elected official. Since the inception of the program, a total of 537 Florida commissioners have received the CCC designation.

“The program provides fundamental information to effectively serve as a county commissioner. With an all-encompassing supply of topics, commissioners are able to explore the intricacies of county government and gain valuable assets to enhance their public service every day,” said Institute for County Government’s Executive Director, Eric Poole. “Participants in the program go above and beyond, and their commitment continues to produce exceptional service for Florida’s counties.”

CCC participants must complete a total of 45 hours of course work in order to graduate. The program’s coursework covers a variety of topics, such as ethics and Sunshine Law, county government roles and responsibilities, county government structure and authority, financial management, growth management, negotiation skills, economic development, and effective communication.

The University of Florida/IFAS Extension sponsors the Institute’s educational programs. For more information about the Institute or the CCC programs and courses, visit the ICG website at

For more than 85 years, the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) has represented the diverse interests of Florida’s counties, emphasizing the importance of protecting home rule – the concept that government closest to the people governs best. The Florida Association of Counties helps counties effectively serve and represent Floridians by strengthening and preserving county home rule through advocacy, education and collaboration.

If you have any questions related to the Certified County Commissioner Program, please contact Cragin Mosteller at (850) 294-9307 or via email at

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