CSAC Institute for Excellence in County Government


CSAC Institute for Excellence in County Government

CSAC Institute for Excellence in County Government is a professional, practical continuing education program for senior county staff and elected officials. Its goal is to expand capacity and capability of county elected officials and senior staff to provide extraordinary services to their communities. The Institute was established in 2008 and is a component of the California Counties Foundation, Inc. and the California State Association of Counties (CSAC). Nearly 6,000 county staff and elected officials have taken courses. The Institute is supported by CSAC, the California Counties Foundation (a 501(c)(3) charity), grants from organizations and foundations, and course registration fees.


The Institute is once again offering its popular career development seminar, “So You Want to Be a Department Director.” Designed for those aspiring or recently appointed to department head and other senior executive positions, the seminar examines the leadership practices, political skills, recruitment process and making the transition to becoming a department director. This is the ideal seminar for any senior manager who is considering the next step in their career.

The Seminar is March 6-9, 2019 in Napa. Advance registration is required, and the seminar is limited to 45 participants.

Click Seminar Information and Seminar Application for detailed information. Registration deadline is January 11, 2019.


CSAC Institute courses are available in Sacramento, Merced, Martinez (Contra Costa), Redding (Shasta/Tehama) and Orange counties. Thank you to each host county for making the Institute accessible around the state.

Sacramento location: Tulare County location:

Capitol Event Center
M.A.Y. Building
1020 11th Street


Human Resources & Development Department 2500 W. Burrel Avenue

Tulare Campus Course Schedule

Contra Costa County location: Orange County location:

Department of Child Support Services
Mount Diablo Room
50 Douglas Drive

Contra Costa Campus Course Schedule

Waste and Recycling Department
300 North Flower Street, Suite 400
Santa Ana

Orange Campus Course Schedule


Shasta/Tehama counties location

Hosted by Tehama and Shasta counties in Redding

Best Western Hilltop Inn
2300 Hilltop Drive

Shasta/Tehama Campus Course Schedule

CSAC Institute Offices
1100 K St. St. 101
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 327-7500 ext. 529
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