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Yolanda Stephens

The Municipal Training Academy (MTA), introduced in the Fall of 1992, is an educational division of the Miami Valley Communications Council. The goal is to provide municipal employees and elected officials an opportunity to strengthen their skills through customized training and development courses at minimal cost.

The concept for the academy was initiated by the Council's Gov-Tech Committee. The committee, comprised of city managers of the Council's member cities, agreed the academy would be designed to accommodate all levels of employees as well as elected and appointed officials, by offering many diverse educational programs.

The Municipal Training Academy Committee was appointed to research, develop and recommend a broad range of educational opportunities using local resources. An employee needs assessment was conducted to further define training needs. The results play an important role in the on-going development of the Academy's customized training.

Recent training programs have focused on customer service, improving supervisory and leadership skills, comprehensive OSHA and safety compliance programs, seminars for newly elected officials, ethics in government, computer training as well as seminars dealing with the most recent state and federal requirements effecting local government operations.

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For more information about the Municipal Training Academy contact Yolanda Stephens at (937) 438-8887.


More Training Opportunities:


2018 OMAA/OML Webinar Police Liability

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Municipal Training Academy
OMAA Webinar

MVCC will host the following on-site webinar at the MVCC office.  Space is limited.  Save your seat and register now!

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Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.


This will be a discussion of Police Liability and related strategies to avoid liability or to at least minimize damages and embarrassment. Issues ranging from excessive force to wrongful arrest to unlawful home entries to First Amendment issues to cruiser involved accidents will be discussed. The focus will be on current case law and ways through policies, training and supervision to avoid or minimize the types of constitutional/civil violations identified in recent cases. There will be a focus on how a City’s policies/practices/training/supervision either positively or negatively impacted those cases. The goal of this discussion is to have a practical discussion as to how municipalities on a day to day basis can manage their police departments in a more legally sound manner. I will draw on my experience of having worked with the leadership of the Columbus Division of Police over the past 20 plus years to explain the ways police departments avoid or get in trouble.  


PRESENTER: Jeffrey S. Furbee, Chief Legal Advisor to the Columbus Division of Police

Jeffrey S. Furbee has been an attorney for over twenty-four years. He is currently a Columbus Assistant City Attorney for City Attorney Zach Klein, and is assigned as Chief Legal Advisor to the Division of Police. The duties of that assignment are those of in-house counsel, which means providing 24/7 legal advice/information/guidance and legal training to the Columbus Division of Police and Division officers. Mr. Furbee is responsible for legal training of Columbus Police Recruits and of current officers through in-service training and also provides regular legal information to officers through legal publications, videos, and roll-calls.      


Session will be hosted at

Miami Valley Communications Council
1195 East Alex Bell Rd.
Centerville, OH
Limited space available

 No Cost for MVCC Members/$10 Affiliates/$15 Partner Members $20 Non Members

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Note: Cancellations within 5 business days or no-shows will incur the registration fee
For questions contact Yolanda Stephens, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 937.424.1663


Public Records Training

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Miami Valley Communications Council 
invites you to attend

Certified Public 
Records Training

This training program is in accordance with Ohio Revised Code 149.43(E)(1), which requires Public Records Law training for all elected officials and/or their appropriate designees. The program will examine in-depth the responsibilities of elected officials and public offices, along with:

  • Review of the rights of the public records requester
  • Public Records Act and Open Meetings Act
  • Records Retention laws including:

(1)  New changes in the law,
(2)  Key definitions, exemptions, practical compliance with a public records requests, and
(3)  Remedies and penalties that may be imposed upon a public office for failure to comply.

A certificate will be given at the completion of the training program to document compliance with training requirement.  Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits will be earned.

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Who Should Attend:




Public officers, elected officials, legal counsel, those who have any responsibility for maintaining public records.

Friday, November 9, 2018

9:00 am Registration
9:30 am to 12:45pm
Centerville Training Facility
155 W. Spring Valley Rd., Centerville, OH 45458

Costs:  No Cost for training !

Space is limited!  Register by Friday, November 2.

Register at  Use the drop down menu to select the correct training date.


Yolanda Stephens, MVCC, Municipal Training Academy This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.937-424-1663



Generational Communication and Emotional Intelligence

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This free class from the Ohio Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) Center combines two popular topics in the field of workforce development: Generational Communication, and Emotional Intelligence Competencies. There are currently up to four different generations of employees in a typical workplace: Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Generation X and Generation Y. A helpful skill for career development is being able to communicate effectively, and work productively, with co-workers and customers from other generations.

This session will cover:

  • The trends and events that influence each generation
  • Insights into the different work habits, values and motivational factors of each generation
  • Overview of the 12 competencies of the Emotional and Social Intelligence Model
  • E.I. competencies and how awareness can assist employees in working and communicating more effectively with their co-workers and customers.
Who Should Attend:

Anyone who needs or wants to improve their skills working with generations and understand how emotional intelligence can improve communication.

 When: Wednesday, November 7, 2018
1:00 pm – 4:00pm
Centerville Training Facility
155 W. Spring Valley Rd.
Centerville, OH 45458
    OR   Tuesday, November 27, 2018
1:00 pm-4:00pm
Vandalia Justice Center,
Community Room
245 James Bohanan Drive
Vandalia, OH 45377
There is no cost to attend, however, registration is required.

Space is limited! Register by Friday November 2 for the Nov. 7th session Register by Tuesday, November 20th for the Nov 27th session.

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Cancellations must be made within 1 week prior to the day of training;


Yolanda Stephens, MVCC, Municipal Training Academy This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.937-424-1663