Members of Loveland-Symmes Fire Department earned Public Leadership Certificates from Xavier Leadership Center

By Chuck Gibson

LOVELAND, OH (December 23, 2020)  – Six members of the Loveland-Symmes Fire Department completed the fall 2020 Xavier Leadership Center’s Public Sector Leadership training program.

LSFD members who attended the XLC training: from left to right: Captain Kyle Riley, Firefighter Ray Carthen, Captain Andrew Huber, Captain Joe Huston. (not pictured: Captain Mitchell Caito, Captain Kyle O’Keefe) (provided)

The Xavier Leadership Center’s (XLC) Public Sector Leadership Certificate is designed for emerging leaders in law enforcement, public safety, city, state and county government, and public sector organizations to develop the knowledge and tools required to successfully manage and lead within organizations. 

 The Loveland-Symmes Fire Department had six members participate in the fall 2020 program at XLC. Each successfully completed the program earning their Public Sector Leadership Certificate. Captain Kyle Riley, Firefighter Ray Carthen, Captain Andrew Huber, Captain Joe Huston, Captain Mitchell Caito, and Captain Kyle O’Keefe are the LSFD members who completed the program in the fall.

“Providing opportunities for professional development to our leadership team is paramount to the success of our mission,” said Otto Huber, Chief LSFD. “Our partnership with Xavier University provides second-to-none educational opportunities that match superior educators to our public safety leaders.”

Carol Turchick, Director Xavier Leadership Center (Provided)

Carol Turchick is the Director of Xavier Leadership Center and commented on the connection of X.U’s mission with those who serve our communities.

“Xavier University’s mission of service to others aligns with those who serve our community,” said Turchick.  “This program provides leadership skills necessary to lead in today’s environment.” 

There were a total of 18 participants, including the six members of LSFD who completed the XLC Fall 2020 Public Sector Leadership Certificate Program. Along with the Loveland-Symmes Fire Department, participants from a variety of sectors attended the fall program.

“All of XLC’s leadership certificate programs work to enhance leadership effectiveness through development of authentic and sustainable leadership, and the ability to influence others,” Turchick said. “This program does the same, but is specifically focused around the unique skills of a first responder.” 

The certificate is being offered again this spring, beginning April 6, 2021.  Individuals interested can find more information on XLC’s public sector page. 

CLICK HERE to visit the XLC Public Sector Page

CLICK HERE to visit Loveland-Symmes Fire Department online