Ottawa County

Leadership Ottawa County class of 2020 kicks off

Class project ideas being accepted through Sept. 6



LOC Class of 2020

The newest class of Leadership Ottawa County started with a lot of excitement this week. This year’s Leadership Ottawa County kicked off its initial class on Aug.14 with a full schedule. First thing in the morning, the class met with Ottawa County Commissioners Don Douglas and Mark Stahl. They explained how county finances and overall structure works in Ottawa County.

The 17 students then toured the Ottawa County Courthouse, Ottawa County Sherriff’s Office, Ottawa County Jail, Ottawa County Water Treatment Plant and the Ottawa County Family Advocacy Center. The class also learned about voter’s rights from Ottawa County Board of Elections.

In each office, the officials and staff members commented on the great relationship that exists between each department and the Board of Commissioners. That relationship is a pivotal point in the success of the County’s ability to serve the community. The LOC class is looking forward to learning more and becoming strong advocates and leaders across the county.

Pamela Courtney, new Program Director for LOC, would like to invite community groups and organizations to submit a potential class project idea to her by Sept. 6. These suggestions will be considered by the class as a possible class project. Information on how to submit project suggestions is available on the LOC Facebook page.


Leadership Ottawa County is a nine-month leadership program that brings young professionals together to learn about and explore the diversity of Ottawa County and increase personal leadership skills through experiential training. For information, visit