News from the Somerset County Board of County Commissioners

Shanel Y. Robinson, Commissioner Director Ÿ Doug Singleterry, Commissioner Deputy Director

Sara Sooy, Commissioner Ÿ Melonie Marano, Commissioner Ÿ Paul M. Drake, Commissioner


September 19, 2023


Leadership Somerset Offers Virtual Information Sessions

Find out more about the community leadership program and interact with alumni

Adults who live or work in Somerset County are invited to learn more about Leadership Somerset, a community leadership program, by attending one of our virtual Information Sessions on Sept. 29, Oct. 13 or Oct. 19. Benefits of the program include networking with local leaders, learning more about Somerset County and making a positive impact in the community.

“I am a proud Leadership Somerset alum. I invite people to join one of our virtual Information Sessions to learn more about this wonderful, diverse program,” said Commissioner Melonie Marano, program liaison. “These sessions give you an opportunity to ask questions of alumni and find out what their personal experience was like.”

Registration is required in advance for the information sessions by visiting or by clicking on one of the dates below:

Friday, Sept. 29 – 1 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 13 – 9 a.m.

Thursday, Oct. 19 – 4:30 p.m.

“Leadership Somerset is held one day a month, beginning in January, and each session focuses on a different topic. Participants will interact with local leaders on topics like government, economy, justice and public safety, human services, community health and the environment,” said Commissioner Paul Drake, program liaison. “Throughout the year, class members also will discuss capacities of positive leadership and may enjoy class trips, which offer new perspectives and access to a variety of resources.”

To find out more about Leadership Somerset, the 2024 Class Schedule, and requirements for the program, visit The deadline for applications is Oct. 31.

The majority of the cost to attend the year-long adult leadership program is underwritten by the Somerset County Board of County Commissioners.  Leadership Somerset participants are asked to contribute a program fee of $450 for the year, which covers participation in all sessions, materials and lunches.  Limited scholarships based on financial need are available.  Applications, which are due by Tuesday, Oct. 31, can be found at  LS Application 2024.

For more information, visit our website at or contact us at Discover Leadership Somerset on Facebook.

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