Local Government Leadership Institute

Local Government Leadership Institute

Who We Are

Well‐managed local governments are important not only to the citizens they serve, but to the businesses, industries, and other institutions that are located in those communities. The leadership, management, and infrastructure provided by local governments are key elements in a community’s delivery of services and quality of life efforts. Effective leadership and management are needed at all levels of local government, quite notably in the Mississippi Delta.

The purpose of the Local Government Leadership Institute at Delta State University is to assist and support local officials of the Mississippi Delta in addressing governance challenges by providing activities, basic training, and helpful tools to run their municipalities effectively and efficiently.  In partnership with the John C. Stennis Institute of Government & Community Development at Mississippi State University and the Mississippi Municipal League, the Institute provides participants with the knowledge and skills needed to achieve the following:

  • More knowledgeable, skilled, and effective municipal leadership and management;
  • Better‐run Delta towns and cities with a regional approach to economic success;
  • Improved local government services and environment for business, education, and citizens;
  • Enhanced community relations;
  • Increased public trust in local government;
  • Advancement of public civility and racial harmony; and
  • Improvements in the community’s economy and quality of life.

What We Do

Delta State University’s Local Government Leadership Institute in partnership with the John C. Stennis Institute of Government & Community Development at Mississippi State University and the Mississippi Municipal League offers its service in the following ways: monthly workshops and trainings, information and resources, and opportunities for networking and collaboration.

Who We Serve

The Local Government Leadership Institute serves the eighteen counties of the Mississippi Delta Area identified by the Delta Council.  Those counties include: Bolivar, Carroll, Coahoma, Desoto, Holmes, Humphries, Issaquena, Leflore, Panola, Quitman, Sharkey, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, Tunica, Warren, Washington, and Yazoo.

Training Program Phases

Phase 1 (2017-18): training on basic and vital skill sets and knowledge (see training schedule below)
Target Audience: Mayors and City Alderpersons/City Councilpersons
Target Counties: Bolivar, Coahoma, Humphreys, Leflore, Sunflower, Washington

Phase 2 (2018-19): training on basic and vital skill sets and knowledge; implementation of community-based projects to promote community and economic growth
Target Audience: City Clerks, City Managers (2017-18 cohort continues)
Target Counties: Issaquena, Panola, Quitman, Sharkey, Tallahatchie, Yazoo (2017-18 counties continue)

Phase 3 (2019-20): training on basic and vital skill sets and knowledge; implementation of community-based projects to promote community and economic growth; incentives to participate in broader opportunities for training, leadership, and networking
Target Audience: County Supervisors, County Administrators (2017-18 and 2018-19 cohorts continue)
Target Counties: Carroll, Desoto, Holmes, Tate, Tunica, Warren (2017-18 and 2018-19 counties continue)

Basic Training Model
A unique characteristic of Delta State University’s Local Government Leadership Institute is that it is a non-partisan model providing the best practices in business and governance training. It is “Governance 101” for area leaders and provides a basic foundation for building and preparing for subsequent trainings — like those offered by the Mississippi Municipal League and other state and national training models — as well as on-the-job experiences. The components include intense, hands-on training sessions over a seven-month period. Each session will be conducted by trainers with professional experience and instructional expertise in the field and knowledge of the needs of local government. Basic types of training from both governance and management perspectives will be provided.

Training Schedules

2018-2019 Training Schedule

September 20, 2018 LEVEL ONE– Starter Training: Day One, Now What? “Wellness Check: Preparing for a New Fiscal & Calendar Year” Presenter(s): Mr. George Lewis, Governmental Liaison, Mississippi 811, and Ms. Mitzi Woods, Workforce Director, South Delta Planning & Development District

Flyer for September 2018 Training

2017-2018 Training Schedule


July 19, 2018 LEVEL THREE – Advanced Training: Mastering the Concepts of Servant Leadership “Economic Development for Local Officials” (PART 1 of 1/2 day session)  Presenter(s): Dr. Joe Fratesi, Project Director and Mr. Jeremy Murdock, Research Associate II, John C. Stennis Institute of Government, Mississippi State University AND  “How to Get People to Work Together” (PART 2 of 1/2 day session)

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June 25, 2018 LEVEL THREE – Advanced Training: Mastering the Concepts of Servant Leadership SESSION HELD AT THE ANNUAL SUMMER MEETING OF THE MISSISSIPPI MUNICIPAL LEAGUE, BILOXI, MS (Visit our booth #934, June 25-26, 2018 “Budgeting and Taxes: Know What’s Required” Presenter(s): Dr. Temika Michael Simmons, Director, Local Government Leadership Institute, Delta State University, and Ms. Kathy Herrington, Local Taxpayer Advocate, Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

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May 17, 2018 LEVEL THREE – Advanced Training: Mastering the Concepts of Servant Leadership “Community Profiles: What the Data Says about your Community” Presenter(s): Mr. Anthony Smith, CEO, Cities United, Louisville, KY, and Ms. Judith Phillips, Research Associate III, John C. Stennis Institute of Government, Mississippi State University

**30 MINUTE CRASH COURSE: “Additional Data Tools: Utilizing Community Maps” (Materials provided by Casey Family Programs) (Held immediately following session)

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Agenda for May 2018 Training

April 19, 2018 LEVEL TWO – Intermediate Training: Moving to the Next Level “City Planning, Appearance, and Infrastructure” Presenter(s): Mr. Jeremy Murdock, Research Associate II, John C. Stennis Institute of Government & Community Development, Mississippi State University

**30 MINUTE CRASH COURSE: “Creating and Managing City Budgets” (Held immediately following session)

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Agenda for April 2018 Training

March 26-27, 2018 SPECIAL SESSION INVITATION LEVEL TWO – Intermediate Training: Moving to the Next Level 2018 Winning the Race Conference at Delta State University

Winning the Race 2018 Details

March 15, 2018 LEVEL TWO – Intermediate Training: Moving to the Next Level “Understanding Local Sources of Revenue” Presenter(s): Mr. Joe Young, Project Manager, John C. Stennis Institute of Government & Community Development, Mississippi State University

**30 MINUTE CRASH COURSE: “Understanding Robert’s Rules of Order” (Held immediately following session)

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Agenda for March 2018 Training

February 15, 2018 LEVEL ONE – Starter Training: Day 1, Now What? “Forms and Functions of Local Government” Presenter(s): Dr. Dallas Breen, Executive Director, John C. Stennis Institute of Government & Community Development, Mississippi State University

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Agenda for February 2018 Training

December 21, 2017 LEVEL ONE – Starter Training: Day 1, Now What? “Emergency Preparedness & Electronic Records Maintenance” Presenter(s): Mr. Tim Barnard, Director, Local Government Records Office, Mississippi Department of Archives

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Agenda for December 2017 Training

November 30, 2017 LEVEL ONE – Starter Training: Day 1, Now What? “Wellness Check” Presenter(s): Mayor Carolyn McAdams of Greenwood, Mayor Billy Nowell of Cleveland, and Mayor Errick D. Simmons of Greenville. This introductory session highlights best practices for starting a new fiscal and calendar year; facilitates a self-check/peer discussion on calendar due dates and important annual events/deadlines; municipal resources disseminated.

 Flyer for November 2017 Training 

Agenda for November 2017 Training

Please click the link below to add your local event to the 2018-2019 Local Government Leadership Institute’s Community Calendar. This form is for events occurring between August 2018 – July 2019. Feel free to contact us at 662-846-4253 or cbeaty@deltastate.edu should you have questions. NOTE: Events are updated on the Institute’s Community Calendar during the last full week of each month. We cannot guarantee the addition of items posted within three weeks of the event date.”

Click Here To Create A Calendar Submission

T. Michael Simmons, Ph.D.
Program Director
Phone: 662-846-4254

Dr. Temika M. Simmons serves as Director for the Local Government Leadership Institute at Delta State University. She is a native of Jackson, MS and a proud graduate of Jackson State University and Howard University where she received her undergraduate (B.S.E.) and graduate(M.Ed. & Ph.D.) training. She is a former middle school teacher, and licensed teaching educator for the state of Mississippi with endorsements in elementary education, English, social studies, & psychology. Prior to her work with Delta State’s Leadership Institute, Dr. Simmons served as an active, tenured member of the DSU faculty for more than eight years. Her research interests include professional & racial identity development, teaching efficacy, and municipal and community leadership. She is a proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and lives in Greenville, MS with her husband and two children.”

Ms. Cheryl D. Beaty, M.S.
Administrative Assistant & Education Coordinator
Phone: 662-846-4253

Ms. Cheryl D. Beaty is the Administrative Assistant and Education Coordinator for the Local Government Leadership Institute. Ms. Beaty completed her undergraduate studies at Jackson State University prior to earning a Masters of Science in Community Development from Delta State University. Since joining the LGLI team, she has devoted her time to building partnerships with community leaders through the work of the Institute.

Ms. Bria Beal
Program Coordinator
Phone: 662-846-4808

Ms. Bria Beal is the Project Manager for the Local Government Leadership Institute. A native of Mound Bayou, MS, she completed her undergraduate studies at Mississippi State University and will earn a Master’s of Science in Community Development from Delta State University in December 2018.  Prior to joining the Institute, she served as Interim Director of the Delta Reads Plus Program.  Ms. Beal coordinates a number of special projects for the Institute, including Delta State’s annual Winning the Race Conference and the Institute’s Summer Youth Program.

Mr. Michael C. Dallas
“Winning the Race” Conference Graduate Assistant

Mr. Michael Dallas grew up in Leland, Mississippi, and received his undergraduate degree at Delta State University.  Mr. Dallas decided to continue his studies at Delta State and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration.  His interest in economic development and youth mentorship led him to the Local Government Leadership Institute, at which he serves as the “Winning the Race” Conference Graduate Assistant.

Mr. Ahuose R. Eki
Research and Project Graduate Assistant

Originally from Edo State, Nigeria, Mr. Ahuose R. Eki came to Delta State University to pursue a Master’s in Business Administration with a concentration in computer information sciences.  Mr. Eki is interested in technology and robotics, and his passion for research led him to the research and project graduate assistantship here at the Local Government Leadership Institute.