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Rutgers to Offer New Certificate Program for County Administrators, Professional Staff


NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Rutgers’ Center for Government Services (CGS), in partnership with the New Jersey Association of Counties (NJAC), is launching a new certificate program for county government administrators and professional staff designed to enhance their operational knowledge in key areas of responsibility.

The two-day program will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on consecutive Fridays, October 12 and 19, at CGS’ headquarters at 303 George St.

Taught by experienced professionals, sessions will focus on four areas: public procurement, labor relations, county fiscal affairs and ethics.

Instructors are Stephanie R. Bush-Baskette, former commissioner of the N.J. Department of Community Affairs; Charles Houck, chief finance officer for Warren County; Mary Louise Stanton, purchasing agent for Somerset County, and Matthew Watkins, municipal manager for Clifton and former commissioner with the Public Employment Relations Commission.

The program marks the first time CGS is offering professional education for county-level professionals.

“We are delighted to be partnering with NJAC to offer training designed to address the specific needs and interests of managers and administrators in county government,” said CGS Director Alan Zalkind. “This program marks an expansion of our work to educate and train municipal and state officials and professionals in New Jersey.”

CGS and its Rutgers predecessors have been providing training for New Jersey state and local government officials for more than 60 years. The center was established in 1991 from the consolidation of the former Bureau of Government Research and the Department of Government Services. Its mission is to improve the knowledge, competency, and professionalism of state and local government employees and officials. CGS has trained thousands of individuals.

Cost of the program is $700.

For more information, contact CGS at 732-932-3640, or send email.


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