The Junior Leadership Florence class gathered on Thursday, February 20 for the program’s County Government Day. The students had the opportunity to experience a Florence County Council meeting and visit the Florence County Sheriff’s Office. It was an insightful day learning how government is handled on the county level. We greatly appreciate our hosts for the day and their support of the Junior Leadership program. We began by attending the February Florence County Council meeting. The Chairman, Willard Dorriety, introduced the class and welcomed us to the meeting. The councilmen were genuinely happy to have us in attendance, as well as the students. It was great to experience firsthand how the County Council discusses and decides Florence’s obstacles.
The second part of our day consisted of a visit to the Florence County Sheriff’s Office. Several officers spoke about their specific positions and backgrounds. They had several videos for the students to watch along with hands on activities. Our students were encouraged to be engaged and got to volunteer to take a sobriety test while wearing “drunk” goggles. We also got to see the K-9-unit, explosives, different guns that the officers carry, and we also had the opportunity to observe the SWAT team perform some tasks. At the end of the day, the class gained a better grasp on how our County Council and the Sheriff’s Office work to make Florence County a better place to live. We are so honored to have great men and women who give so much on the daily to keep us safe. Special thanks to all of those at FCSO whom made this day possible.