Bainbridge council OKs staff training

Up to 36 employees of the city of Bainbridge Island will take part in a three-day High Performance Organization training, which focuses on improving management and leadership skills.

The training retreat in August was proposed by City Manager Doug Schulze, and was unanimously approved by the city council.

“It’s certainly an investment that the community makes,” Schulze told the council.

He noted that the staff of cities like Tukwila, Redmond and Bellevue — “most certainly believed to be the leaders of municipal government” — have gone through the training with great results.

The training is expected to cost $15,000.

Additional sessions will be planned for 2014 for the rest of the city employees.

“Eventually we would want to have every member of this organization go through this training,” Schulze said.

He said the skills and talents learned are vital to the workings of a city and that the training is “really about bringing that empowerment down to all levels of the organization.”

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