College of the Extended University

Leadership Academy for Government Sector

This program facilitates the training of future city leaders through cost-effective instruction from experts in the field of city management. Preparing the next generation of leaders to successfully transition into senior executive positions, this program focuses on leadership skills and managerial effectiveness through the development of effective communication, strategic thinking and innovative ways to negotiate and foster collaboration within local government.

Registration for the 2020 Local Government Leadership Academy is now closed. For additional information on the program, please contact

1. Schedule

Promote creativity and innovation
Learn to communicate effectively
Create and lead teams/others
Promote integrity and respect
Practice strategic thinking and decision making
Exercise financial responsibility
Foster relationships
Develop a vision
Support flexibility to organizational change
Assess situations quickly and accurately
Business acumen/business-specific knowledge

You will receive the Local Government Leadership Academy Certificate upon completion of a total of 24 hours of instructor-led courses. 

*Customized & On-Site with min enrollment number

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2. Program Benefits

  • Network with existing senior level employees 
  • Taught by senior level leaders in government positions 
  • Meet and collaborate with counterparts 
  • Increase the efficiency and effectiveness of communication and management 
  • Learn strategic thinking strategies and decision making 
  • Improve negotiation skills 
  • Rejuvenate innovative motivation for process improvement and human resource management

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3. Who should attend?

Government employees in all levels of leadership roles looking to enhance their leadership skills and abilities.

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4. Instructor

Patrick Ibarra 

As co-founder and partner in The Mejorando Group, Mr. Ibarra is responsible for human resource development, facilitation and organizational development services. As a consultant and manager in both public and private sector organizations, including as a city manager and human resource director, Mr. Ibarra brings organizations over 24 years’ experience and a shared understanding of the particular demands and constraints placed on organizations and their employees. He possesses a strong foundation in the principles, practices and applications of training and organizational development systems. 

A speaker, author and conference presenter, Mr. Ibarra also serves on the adjunct faculty staff at Arizona State University. He teaches courses on human resource management and organizational change. He has also designed and delivered a series of leadership, management and supervisory training workshops for a number of cities, counties and special government districts. His extensive experience as a City Manager for the City of Port Angeles, Washington, and City of Mason, Ohio, coupled with his consulting experience throughout the state of California provide Mr. Ibarra with a solid background in organizational settings requiring problem solving, mediation, and organizational abilities. 

Mr. Ibarra is known as one who successfully completes projects on time and within budget, while offering superior analysis and significant recommendations for substantial improvements to department operations. Furthermore, he seamlessly transitions from facilitating meetings of field personnel examining productivity improvements to engaging elected officials and senior management in earnest deliberations regarding organizational performance-related issues. 

Mr. Ibarra earned a Master of Human Resources and Organization Development from the University of San Francisco and Master of Public Administration from Arizona State University. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Central Missouri State University. 

William R. Kelly 

William (Bill) Kelly is Kelly Associates Management Group’s (KAMG) President/CEO where he specializes in the areas of organizational management, economic development, redevelopment, and city planning. Bill also served as the Chief Operating Officer for Urban Futures, Inc. for four years where he consulted with many local agencies. Prior to that, Bill was the City Manager of the City of Arcadia and Executive Director of the Redevelopment Agency for 14 years. He has also held positions of Deputy City Manager, Director of Community Development, Director of Development Services, and Director of Planning and Building for several California municipalities. 

Bill has a Bachelor of Science degree in City Planning from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, an MPA from the University of Southern California, and both an Executive MBA and MA in Management from Claremont Graduate University, where he has also taken Doctoral Studies in 

Executive Management. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern California, Sol Price School of Public Policy and is also a POST certified instructor for statewide Police Team Building. 


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