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  • August 04, 2016 7:41 PM | Anonymous

    The Arizona Municipal Clerks Association (ACMA) Executive Board announced Darcie McCracken, Deputy City Clerk  of Glendale, Arizona, was selected as the first recipient of the Arizona Municipal Clerks’ Deputy Clerk of the Year Award.

    The honor was awarded July 26 at the AMCA’s annual conference in Fountain Hills. Nominees were evaluated based on examples of outstanding service, which includes finding innovative ways to serve their municipality, profession or community. 

    McCracken has been a member of ACMA for 11 years, serving on the board in a variety of positions, including as president, vice president and treasurer. She holds master municipal clerk, public manager and elections officer certifications.

    McCracken assists with the process of conducting city elections, processes public records requests, and assists the tasks of managing and retaining records for the city. She also works closely with the mayor and councilmembers.

    McCracken has worked in Glendale for 30 years and has been Deputy City Clerk for Glendale since 2004 and an AMCA member since 2005. She received her Master Municipal Clerk in 2011 and is certified as an AMCA Municipal Election Official, as well as a Certified Election Officer through the Secretary of State’s office.  

    McCracken is a graduate of Glendale High School and also graduated Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor of science degree from ASU in Administration of Justice and holds an Associate’s Degree in General Studies.  She continued her education with certification as a Certified Public Manager® and is currently taking classes through the ASU Management Leadership Institute.  

    The full story can be found here: Link to story.


  • August 01, 2016 7:50 PM | Anonymous

    The University of Georgia's Carl Vinson Institute of Government is launching a new Certified Public Manager® program to strengthen leadership skills for local and state government managers in Georgia.

    The inaugural class will begin this month with Fulton County. A state program will begin in October 2016. Both programs' classes will take place at the UGA campus in Gwinnett.

    "The institute's Certified Public Manager program is filling a gap in training needs for public employees in Georgia," said Institute of Government Director Laura Meadows. "Through these classes, employees can now develop their professional skills so they can serve their communities more effectively."

    The CPM program is associated with the National CPM Consortium and is designed to improve the quality and efficiency of government agencies by developing the effectiveness and professionalism of its managers. Individuals completing the program earn the prestigious Certified Public Manager credential from UGA.

    Two articles: UGA Today and Atlanta Business Chronicle


  • July 11, 2016 3:44 PM | Sue Breland


    MEETING THE 21ST CENTURY CHALLENGES OF THE PUBLIC & NOT-FOR PROFIT SECTORS

    Nearly 120 Texas CPM alumni, faculty, and students gathered in Round Rock, Texas on Friday April 8, 2016, to learn, share and network at the Annual Texas Certified Public Manager (CPM) Conference.  The Conference, which was held at the Texas State University Avery Center, featured the William P. Hobby Distinguished Lecture and a plenary session on Texas Politics & Policy Issues.

    The Hobby Distinguished Lecture is always a highlight of the annual conference.  This year's plenary session was no exception, with the 2016 honoree Dustin Haisler providing the lecture. Click here for his Presentation Abstract and Click here for his lecture "Texas State Exponential Government".

    Dustin Haisler is the Chief Innovation Officer for e-Republic. Prior to that, Dustin was President of KlabLab, Product Strategy Director for Spigit, Inc. and the former Assistant City Manager and Chief Information Office (CIO) for the City of Manor, Texas. Dustin can be reached at dhaisler@gmail.com

    Dustin works with numerous government agencies, academia, private companies and non-profits across the globe on innovation and engagement strategies. He is a frequent speaker on innovation and also serves on numerous public and private boards throughout the world.

    • His Innovation programs were recognized by the White House.
    • He is recognized as one of the Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers of Technology in the nation.
    • His accomplishments have been highlighted in Government Technology, Center for Digital Government, Wall Street Journal, Fast Company & Inc. Magazines.
    • He launched the first open innovation portal in the public-sector in the United States.

    The opening plenary session was delivered by Mr. Harvey Kronberg, noted Texas political analyst and editor of the Quorum Report http://www.quorumreport.com informed and entertained attendees with insights to current politics (including the recent primary elections in Texas).  As a self-proclaimed "equal opportunity offender of both Democrats and Republicans" Harvey’s observations are always candid, insightful and give us the opportunity to take a humorous look at ourselves, each other and Texas politics. You can watch Harvey’s comments here. Harvey can be contacted at kronberg@quorumreport.com
  • July 01, 2016 12:26 PM | Anonymous

    ENCINITAS — The City of Encinitas, California has announced that City Manager Karen Brust had hired Jennifer Campbell, the assistant city manager of Glendale, to lead the city’s park division.

    Campbell has been in her current position since March 2014, providing leadership overseeing Development Services, Public Works and the Water Department. She has more than 18 years of government experience, most of which is in parks and recreation.

    Jennifer Campbell Photo courtesy city of Glendale

    Jennifer Campbell
    Photo courtesy city
    of Glendale

    She replaces Lisa Rudloff, who had served as the parks and recreation director for nearly five years before resigning abruptly on March 7.

    “I’m excited to be joining the dedicated team of civic leaders at the city of Encinitas,” Campbell said.  “I know how much residents and the broader community value their parks, beaches and trails. I look forward to collaborating with residents and city staff to provide meaningful experiences for everyone enjoying these community treasures.”

    Prior to her assistant city manager position, Campbell rose through the ranks in parks and recreation, first as a recreation Coordinator, recreation and aquatics supervisor, and superintendent before being promoted to Community Services Director in the city of Maricopa, Ariz.

    Campbell has a master’s degree in education with an emphasis in leadership and public administration from Northern Arizona University and a bachelor’s degree in recreation management from the University of Arizona.  She is a certified parks and recreation professional, a certified public manager, possesses a Smartscape Certification and is a Parks Maintenance Management School graduate.

    She has also been an adjunct professor at a community college teaching recreation classes since 2003.

    “Ms. Campbell brings a wealth of experience with a focus on customer service,” Brust said.  “Her warm and approachable communication style will foster a supportive and customer serving environment for the community to enjoy.”

    Source: The Coast News

  • June 07, 2016 3:46 PM | Anonymous

    Robert Patrick, CPM, has been appointed as the Director of the Public Works Division for the City of Amarillo, Texas. According to MyHighPlains.comPatrick last served as Assistant City Manager in Midland, Texas. His 20-plus years of experience includes fleet services, facilities, sanitation and landfill, utilities, capital project development and management, engineering and city management. A native of the Panhandle, Patrick has served communities throughout Texas.

    He earned his BS Degree in Business Administration, is a Certified Public Manager, and holds a Class A Water Certification from Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). Patrick also served in leadership positions with several professional organizations including the Texas Municipal League, the Texas City Managers Association and the Panhandle Regional Municipal Solid Waste Advisory Committee.

    As Director of the Public Works Division, Patrick will oversee Streets, Drainage, Fleet, Sanitation and Landfill, and Traffic Operations.

  • May 10, 2016 11:43 AM | Anonymous

    Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson signed a proclamation on May 9 declaring May 16-20, 2016, as Certified Public Manager® (CPM) Recognition Week in the State of Arkansas. Representing the program at the event were Arkansas Public Administration Consortium Executive Director Jolie Busby and CPM Program Manager Anna Swaim, Arkansas Society of Certified Public Managers® board members, and CPM Advisory Council members. 


    Following is the text of the proclamation:

    Whereas: Arkansas is committed to excellence in government and providing its citizens with efficient, production and professional services; and

    Whereas: Arkansas recognizes that improving the skills, knowledge and professionalism of public managers and supervisors promotes better governmental services; and

    Whereas: The Arkansas Public Administration Consortium (a collaborative effort of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, University of Arkansas and Arkansas State University) has, for more than three decades, offered the Certified Public Manager program, a leading, nationally accredited training and development program for public sector managers and supervisors; and

    Whereas: The Arkansas Society of Certified Public Managers declares May 16-20, 2016, as Certified Public Manager Recognition Week, designating this as a time for acknowledging the contributions of Certified Public Managers to their respective governmental agencies, boards and commissions;

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, ASA HUTCHINSON, Governor of the State of Arkansas, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the laws of the State of Arkansas, do hereby proclaim May 16-20, 2016, as

    CERTIFIED PUBLIC MANAGER RECOGNITION WEEK.

    For more information contact Anna Swaim, CPM Program Coordinator.

  • April 21, 2016 4:22 PM | Anonymous

    April 20, 2016 -- Shirley M. Simonis announced she will run for re-election as Portage County (Wisconsin) clerk. Simonis is currently serving her third term as county clerk and previously served as the deputy county clerk. 

    In her announcement she said that “The University of Wisconsin Certified Public Manager Program has provided me with specific skills to execute my duties as a public manager.” 

    - See more at: http://www.pcgazette.com/Content/Default/News/Article/Simonis-will-seek-re-election-as-Portage-County-clerk-/-3/1/855#sthash.ch75DyLc.dpuf

  • March 22, 2016 5:44 PM | Anonymous

    The Trotwood Ohio City Council appointed  Quincy E. Pope, Sr., CPM, as their new City Manager on March 21, 2016. Mr. Pope is a graduate of the Ohio CPM Program. Read more here: Trotwood selects new city manager.

  • June 05, 2015 6:54 PM | Anonymous


    The Newsletter of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services featured an Askew Award winning Capstone Project. 

    Click here to view article.


  • February 02, 2015 12:39 PM | Anonymous

    George Mason University Launches New School

    George Mason University (GMU), located in Fairfax County, Virginia, has merged its former Department of Public and International Affairs and School of Public Policy to create a new School of Policy, Government and International Affairs (SPGIA).

    The Virginia Certified Public Manager® program is housed at SPGIA.

    See full article here.



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