A routine Zoom meeting was anything but when Dave Lakly, a public service associate at the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, was surprised with a Public Service and Outreach Employee Spotlight Award.

PSO Vice President Jennifer Frum announced the award for Lakly, which comes with a framed certificate and a box of assorted treats.

“I just want to thank you for everything you’re doing for PSO and for UGA,” Frum told him and others on his team in the institute’s office of Governmental Training, Education and Development.

In her nomination of Lakly, institute public service associate Tracy Arner called him a “trailblazer in online learning.”

“During the pandemic, Dave has been our technology lead to transition CVIOG programs to online. Within days of the shelter in place order, Dave delivered the first online all day training for our Certified Public Manager program and went on to train other groups in online delivery,” Arner wrote. “So many of us have benefited from his guidance.

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Dave Lakly provides financial management training for state government officials and personnel through the Financial Management Program’s Budget and Financial Management Certification Program, a series of courses designed to offer an overview of the state’s budget and fiscal management cycle. He also coordinates and teaches in the Charter Schools Financial Management Certification Program, with special emphasis on budget and financial policy development.

Before joining the Institute of Government, Lakly served as education division director in the Georgia Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget and as deputy director for the Georgia Senate Budget and Evaluation Office. He earned his BA in journalism and film studies from UGA, and his MPA from Georgia State University.

Lakly is the eighth recipient of the PSO-wide award, established in 2019 as a way to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements and contributions of employees throughout the year. The Employee Spotlight highlights employees who go above and beyond their normal responsibilities, who produce outstanding work and who contribute significantly to the strategic mission of the division.