City of Asheville employees selected for Leadership Asheville

From the city of Asheville:

ASHEVILLE – The City of Asheville is pleased to announce that Deputy Finance Director Eric Hardy and Asheville Fire Department Public Information Officer Kelley Klope have both been selected to attend the 32nd Leadership Asheville Class beginning in September.

The program, operated through UNC Asheville is an important resource to the community, with participants honing leadership and collaborative ability and making valuable community connections. That, says Deputy City Manager Jeff Richardson, allows City of Asheville employees to bring quality leadership skills back into the organization and continue its commitment to the community. Each year, the city organization selects two to three of its management staff to participate in the program, which includes a wide community of participants from government, education, corporate, non-profit, legal, medical and small business among other arenas.

“This program not only exposes key city staff to some of the most pressing issues and opportunities our community is facing, but also provides networking opportunities for program participants to make meaningful friendships with fellow participants from different organizations throughout the community,” Richardson said.

“Leadership Asheville is excited to once again have members of our city government enrolled in our core program,” said Brian Turner, Assistant Vice Chancellor at UNC Asheville. “Over the years the City of Asheville has sent over 30 people through the program, firmly establishing their commitment not only to our community’s success but also that of their employees.”
Hardy was hired to the City’s Finance Department as Controller in 2011 and currently serves as the City’s Deputy Finance Director. Klope joined the Asheville Fire Department in 1996 and achieved the rank of Fire Specialist Sr. in 2007. She serves as the department’s Public Information Officer.

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