Leadership Sherman gets personal lesson on local government

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SHERMAN, TEXAS -- "It's fun to tell people about what we do because, a lot of times, people don't know what a District Clerk does," District Clerk Kelly Ashmore said.

With that, the Leadership Sherman class got an up-close look at how elected officials keep Grayson County working.

"Those folks from the county agencies are able to tell about what they do and then they're able to answer questions," Sherman Chamber of Commerce Eddie Brown said.

The program is designed to provide participants a personal look at how local government operates and functions.

Ashmore is a graduate of Leadership Sherman, herself.

"It was such an eye-opener going around the community and the county and seeing all there was to offer," Ashmore said.

Wednesday, the group also toured the county's detention center, as well as the North Texas Regional Airport.

Leadership Sherman participant Justin Sloan says this program has taught him more about local government in a few months than he's learned in seven years as a resident.

"It's amazing to live here that long and learn that much in such a short amount of time," Sloan said.

Sherman Chamber of Commerce President Eddie Brown says the goal of Leadership Sherman is to build leaders in the community and give members a boost to get plugged in.

"Obviously it looks good on a resume because it shows that you've not only done your work, but you've also been involved in the community," Brown said.

Leadership Sherman is an ongoing program with monthly classes from January to September.

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