Commissioner Wilbur Among Leadership Grads

Wyoming County Commissioner Rick Wilbur (standing, right) was among 12 elected officials and community leaders from across Pennsylvania to graduate on June 17 from a professional development program conducted by the Center for Excellence in County Leadership.

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The Center for Excellence in County Leadership (CEL), a premier professional development program of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP), is pleased to announce that Rick Wilbur, Wyoming County Commissioner, has graduated from the program as part of the Center’s Class of 2022.

CEL training focuses on fostering individual growth through interactive and high level classroom training aimed at improving participants’ communication, management and leadership skills. CEL includes intense classes in styles of leadership, managerial versatility, interpersonal dynamics, crisis communication, media management, daily communication problem solving, decision making, and other areas. CEL is the premier professional development program for county officials offered by CCAP.

According to Wilbur, this was the eighth CEL graduation class. Members are selected by a committee that assesses qualifications, a submitted resume, letters of recommendation from other officials, and other criteria. In 2021, Wilbur was appointed as an alternate in case someone was unable to complete the course.

This year, I was honored to be one of the 12,” said Wilbur, shown above with Bradford County commissioner and CCAP board president Daryl Miller and CCAP deputy executive director Brinda Penyak.

The 2022 CEL program was produced by The Professional Edge, Inc.

Program sponsors include: PCoRP, The Pennsylvania Counties Risk Pool; PComp, PA Counties Workers’ Compensation Trust; CCAP UC Trust, Unemployment Compensation Trust; Cafardi Ferguson Wyrick Weis + Gabriel, LLC; and, Campbell Durrant, P.C.

The County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP) is the voice of county government; a statewide nonprofit, nonpartisan association representing all 67 counties in Pennsylvania. CCAP members include county commissioners, council members, county executives, administrators, chief clerks and solicitors. CCAP strengthens the counties’ abilities to govern their own affairs and improve the well-being and quality of life for every Pennsylvania resident. It advocates for favorable state and federal legislation, programs and policies on behalf of counties. CCAP is committed to service excellence through education, information, insurance, technology and other programs that support effective county government. Founded in 1886, CCAP is an affiliate of the National Association of Counties. For more information about CCAP, log on to

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