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  • July 23, 2022 2:36 PM | Sue Breland


    The William P. Hobby Center for Public Service at Texas State University graduated sixty-one new Texas Certified Public Managers® on June 6, 2022, in the first graduation ceremony back at the Texas State Capitol since the pandemic began. While living through a time of global pandemic, Texas CPM students showed tremendous tenacity in attending many online classes and completing course work, while serving the needs of their communities as professionals and meeting the challenges faced by their own families.

    We were honored to have Dr. Jeremi Suri, Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership at the University of Texas at Austin, making the commencement address to graduates. Dr. Suri encouraged graduates to do more to increase community knowledge of public service. Not only what you do, but its value and commitment to your citizens.

    The graduates participated in CPM Programs offered by Texas State University at Arlington, San Marcos, Round Rock locations, Stephen F. Austin University, University of Houston, and Texas Tech University. Pictured here are Graduates from the Arlington CPM Program with their Co-Directors James Earp and Howard Balanoff.

    Congratulations to all the June Certified Public Manager® graduates!

    For more information, contact Dr. Miha Vindis, the Director of the Texas Certified Public Manager® (CPM) Program, at mvindis@txstate.edu. Additional information about the William P. Hobby Center for Public Service and the Texas Certified Public Manager® (CPM) Program can be found at www.txstate.edu/cpm


  • April 11, 2022 10:50 AM | Patty Morgan (Administrator)

    The Alabama Insurance Department is pleased to announce the appointment of Sheila Travis as Chief Examiner. The appointment is effective immediately.

    She will succeed former Chief Examiner Richard Ford, who recently retired from state service. Travis will head the Department’s Examination Division, responsible for the regulation of insurance company financial solvency and market conduct. The division performs its duties through monitoring, analysis, and examination in accordance with Alabama law, nationally recognized standards promulgated by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), and other regulatory and professional accounting agencies.

    “I’m excited to make this appointment today,” Insurance Commissioner Jim Ridling said. “Sheila Travis is a true professional and seasoned insurance examiner who knows this job inside and out. I know she will do an outstanding job representing the ALDOI and serving the people of Alabama as this department’s Chief Examiner. Sheila is greatly respected by the insurance industry, her colleagues at insurance departments around the nation, and especially here at the Alabama Department.”

    Originally from Forest Home, Alabama, Travis is a 27-year veteran insurance examiner. She has been an Insurance Examination Supervisor since 2000 and has spent her entire tenure at ALDOI in the Examinations Division. In 1995, Travis earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Troy University at Montgomery and is a Certified Financial Examiner and a member of the Society for Financial Examiners. She is also a Certified Public Manager. Prior to joining the ALDOI, Travis worked in the accounting division of the Montgomery Housing Authority.

    “We know Sheila will serve in her new role with great distinction," Ridling said. "I hope everyone will join me in congratulating Sheila on this well-deserved promotion.”

  • April 11, 2022 10:39 AM | Patty Morgan (Administrator)

    NJ CPM Grad Named New Fire Chief of Atlantic Highlands

    ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ – “My goals are to continue to provide the best possible service to this community and be as transparent as possible with the public, and to get the youth involved in our community so they can get to know our names and get comfortable with us.”

    These are only two of the high standards that are important,  the borough’s newest Police Chief Scott Reinert said in his first interview after taking over the top post March 1 from retiring chief David Rossbach.

    Nor does he look at either of his primary goals as anything difficult to achieve.  “I believe the former Chiefs of this department have laid a great foundation for this department,” he stressed, and added. “Chief Rossbach did a great job of preparing me for this position.  I moved up the ranks very quickly with the retirements of Captain Stone (Thomas) and Chief Rossbach so I suddenly collected many responsibilities.” Taking advantage of all the experience and lessons he has gained from predecessors the Chief added, “I am currently working on passing on the responsibilities that I had while completing the responsibilities I have now.”

    That he comes to the position well qualified and enthusiastic cannot be denied. A native of Manalapan, the chief is a graduate of St. John Vianney High School before earning a degree in business administration from Iona College in New York. More recently, he also completed in-service Certified Public Manager training with Rutgers University.

    His first taste of working in law enforcement  came in Sea Girt where he was hired as a Class II Special Officer. After attending the Cape May County Police Academy, and spending two summers on the job in Sea Girt, it was enough to convince the enthusiastic and dedicated officer he wanted to be in law enforcement all his life. 

    Now as the head of the department, Reinert wants to continue the high standards that have been set by every previous chief as well as establish new ones of his own.  “I want to get the youth involved in our community by establishing a police explorer program so the teens can really get to know us. It can also serve as a great recruitment tool for future hiring processes and would be a great opportunity for the youth to see if they want to pursue a career in law enforcement.”

       But he has also set some pretty impressive goals for himself. “I want to be able to look back at my career and leave it feeling I contributed to making a difference in people’s lives.”



  • October 25, 2021 2:11 PM | Reed Altman

    36 Public Sector Employees from 15 Agencies Earn Certified Public Manager Certificates

    Raleigh – Public sector employees from state agencies and local government will be recognized today for completing the rigorous North Carolina Certified Public Manager® Program (CPM) during an informal virtual ceremony led by the Talent Management Division of the Office of State Human Resources (OSHR).

    “This year’s cohort was the first to complete this demanding professional development curriculum entirely through virtual instruction due to the pandemic,” said State Human Resources Director Barbara Gibson. “Our graduates demonstrated remarkable focus and resilience in pushing beyond challenges to develop CPM projects that can be implemented immediately by their agencies to deliver greater efficiencies.”

    Gibson credited Reed Altman, program manager of the state Certified Manager Program®, for quickly pivoting to provide online instruction when the COVID-19 pandemic began in March 2020. The transition enabled these participants and others who will complete the program next year to engage fully and safely in course work while developing networks to facilitate ongoing achievement.

    Altman will convene a virtual gathering of graduates this afternoon, where they will be commended by Director Gibson and guest speaker Greg Richardson, Executive Director of the Commission of Indian Affairs. Richardson completed the program in 1988.

    Managed by OSHR, the program was established in 1982 as the North Carolina Public Manager Program to enhance the effectiveness of public sector organizations across our state by developing the leadership capabilities of mid-level managers. Since then, 2,477 mid-level managers across state and local governments have completed the program. 

    Including today’s recipients, 1,679 of those graduates have been awarded the Certified Public Manager designation following the program’s accreditation by the National Certified Public Manager Consortium.

    Framed certificates, signed by Governor Roy Cooper, State Human Resources Director Barbara Gibson and CPM Program Director Reed Altman will be provided sent to each graduate.

    All honorees are based in Wake County unless otherwise noted:

    • Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: Walter Beal (Kittrell), Evan Davis
    • Department of Commerce: Brenda T. Watkins (Fayetteville)
    • Department of Environmental Quality: Jennifer M. Haynie, Derrick E. House, Ramesh Ravella (Greensboro), Melinda Wolanin (Concord)
    • Department of Health and Human Services: Brittney Armstrong, Rebecca Evans (Burlington), Juanita Hooker (Sanford), Belinda Preacher, Lauren Satterwhite
    • Department of Information Technology: Keith Aiken (Clayton), Rena E. Henry, Monica Olsen, Veena Shanmugham 
    • Department of Labor: Fleda Anderson, Nancy R. Hall (Winston-Salem)
    • Department of Public Instruction: Ivanna Mann Thrower Anderson (Chapel Hill), Dennis M. Hancock (Pilot Mountain), Xatli Stox
    • Department of Public Safety: David Buchanan (Edenton), Shawana Gilliam (Windsor), Barbara Revels
    • Department of Revenue: Brandon C. Bell (Youngsville), Ashley Cameron, LaToya Gardner, Joshua K. Jones, Joshua M. Ligon (Sanford)
    • Guilford County Government: David R. Pruitt (Greensboro)
    • Office of State Budget and Management: Anca Grozav
    • Office of State Human Resources: Dominick D ’Erasmo
    • Raleigh Fire Department: Ian Toms
    • Utilities Commission: Kim Campbell
    • Wildlife Resources Commission: Fairley Mahlum, Travis J. Casper (Clayton)

    For additional information about the North Carolina Certified Public Manager® Program, visit NC OSHR: North Carolina Certified Public Manager® (CPM) Program.


  • October 06, 2020 10:59 AM | Reed Altman

    Raleigh – Public sector employees from state agencies, universities and local government were recognized on Monday for completing the rigorous North Carolina Certified Public Manager® Program (CPM) in an informal virtual ceremony led by the Talent Management Division of the Office of State Human Resources (OSHR).

    “The achievement of this year’s graduates is especially impressive, given that we had to shift this highly collaborative, mostly in-person program to an online format due to the pandemic,” said John Massey, director of the Talent Management Division. “Our participants completed a wide scope of complex projects, using their CPM skills to address specific agency challenges.”

    The 2020 class CPM graduates will join next year’s cohort for a formal ceremony to be held in October 2021.

    Managed by OSHR, the program was established in 1982 as the North Carolina Public Manager Program to enhance the effectiveness of public sector organizations across our state by developing the leadership capabilities of mid-level managers. Since then, more than 2,424 mid-level managers across state and local governments have completed the program. 

    To date, 1,626 of those graduates have been awarded the Certified Public Manager designation following the program’s accreditation by the National Certified Public Manager Consortium.

    Framed certificates, signed by Governor Roy Cooper, State Human Resources Director Barbara Gibson, Talent Management Director John Massey and CPM Program Director Reed Altman, were sent to each graduate.

    All honorees are based in Raleigh unless otherwise noted:

    • Administrative Office of the Courts: Soumajit Ghosh, Kathryn Wall Hair
    • Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: Cathy Ma
    • Department of Commerce: Felicia Culbreath-Setzer (Conover), Regina Rae Graham
    • Department of Environmental Quality: Mary Margaret Taylor Hartsfield (Winston-Salem), Elizabeth Torrey Huddleston (Washington), Anjali Orlando, Colleen Marie Simmons (Mooresville)
    • Department of Health and Human Services: Tracy Alan Bristow (Winterville), Akil J.T. Campbell, Tonja Burnett Reeder (Charlotte), Layne Roberts, Stacy Michele Silvia
    • Department of Information Technology: Joseph W. Fort, Maurice La Mont Jordan, James Michael Shafer
    • Department of Justice: Danielle Marquis Elder
    • Department of Natural and Cultural Resources: Lindsay Flood Ferrante
    • Department of Public Instruction: Marshall Todd Foster
    • Department of Public Safety: David Ross Carter (Roxboro), Benjamin Adam Carver (Marion), Sylvia L. Clement (Asheville), Timothy Paul Jones (Smithfield), Gary Nelson Parks (Greenville)
    • Department of Revenue: Nicole Ann Hunter, Andre J. Little, Veronica McKenzie (Charlotte), Lacie Brooks Morrow (Asheville), Deborah Joyner Owens (Winterville), William Preston Young
    • Department of Transportation: Wasan Abdul Baki Alkaissi, John. W. Kirby, Jeffrey Scott Littlefield (Albemarle), Anthony Paul Tagliaferri (Albemarle), Byron Sanders Jr. (Cary), David Neil Snoke (Cary)
    • Office of the State Controller: Theresa I. Jeffries (Cary)
    • Winston-Salem State University: Debra Lynn Gunter (Winston-Salem)

    For additional information about the North Carolina Certified Public Manager® Program, visit https://oshr.nc.gov/document/certified-public-manager-program.

     

  • August 27, 2020 2:04 PM | Liz Lundeen

    On Thursday, August 20, the Arkansas Public Administration Consortium (APAC) graduated 15 Arkansas Certified Public Managers®.

    Graduates were Marsha Bottoms Rigney, Arkansas Career Training Institute, LaTonya Brooks, State of Arkansas, Brian C. Brown, Arkansas State Bank Department, LaVennier Brown, Arkansas Division of Rehabilitation Services, Kathleen Doyle, Pulaski County Assessor’s Office, Steven Fowler, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Michelle Gillham, Arkansas Department of Energy & Environment, Carrie Jackson, Arkansas Department of Energy & Environment, Regina Moss, Arkansas Division of Services for the Blind, Mason Murphey, Arkansas Division of Services for the Blind, David Nicpan, Pulaski County Assessor’s Office, Kimberly Reed, EngageAR, Lindsey Stroud, Arkansas Department of Education, John Michael Thompson, Little Rock Water Reclamation Authority, Samuel A. Walker, Pulaski County Assessor’s Office, Chief John Whisenant, Beaver Lake Fire Department, and Amber Yates, Little Rock Water Reclamation Authority.

    Samuel A. Walker was honored with the Askew Award and Outstanding Project Plan for his exceptional capstone project, titled ““The 2022 Reappraisal: Residential Rental Property Valuations.” Samuel serves as the Director of Reappraisals at the Pulaski County Assessor’s Office. His project plan was focused on establishing the groundwork to gather the necessary income information to value residential income properties for the 2022 reappraisal. The process would include identifying rental properties, contacting taxpayers to gather income data, establishing property gross rent multipliers which will be used to calculate the final value of the property.

    For more information, contact Marie Lindquist, Executive Director of the Arkansas Public Administration Consortium at mtlindquist@ualr.edu. Additional information about the Arkansas Certified Public Manager® Program can be found athttp://ualr.edu/publicaffairs/apac/.


  • June 11, 2019 9:30 AM | Patty Morgan (Administrator)







    On May 14, 2019 more than 40 graduates of the Indiana Certified Public Manager® (CPM) Program attended the inaugural CPM Alumni Conference for a day of networking and professional development. Associate Dean Clare Chatot of the College of Sciences and Humanities welcomed the group to the Ball State Alumni Center. Certified Public Managers Vern Gillum (Indiana Department of Natural Resources) and Sarah Reed (City of Noblesville) presented information about their successful capstone projects. Mayor Richard Hickman ofAngola spoke about the value of public service and Mitch Isaacs of Shafer Leadership Academy spoke about leadership during the afternoon session.


  • June 10, 2019 9:00 AM | Patty Morgan (Administrator)

    2019 New Hampshire Certified Public Manager Graduation

    Dennis Martino June 7

    Friday, June 7th marked a day of celebration for the CPM graduates in New Hampshire. The NH Bureau of Education and Training, the training arm of the NH Department of Administrative Services awarded the CPM designation to 31 students representing State, County and Municipal workers. The New Hampshire Program has two levels. In addition to the 26 CPM graduates more than 60 students graduated from the first level of the program.

    The ceremony which was held in Concord NH at the New Hampshire Police Standards and Training Academy also celebrated graduates from the NHBET LEAN Black Belt Program. The Keynote address was delivered by Commissioner Robert Quinn of the NH Department of Safety. His address featured an urging to keep learning and always looking forward to progress and innovation.

    CPM graduates Included:

    Gary Brown- Project Manager -NH Public Works; Jeannie Cadarette- Emergency Services and Communications-NH DOS; Karen Clement- Town Administrator, Brentwood NH; Rebecca Desrochers- Emergency Services and Communications-NH DOS ; Joseph Devine- Compliance Officer, City of Rochester NH; Rebekah Dougherty- Budget Analyst, City of Concord NH; Mamta Dua- NH Division of Public Health Services; Kurt Ekstrom- NH Health and Human Services; Katrina Hansen- Chief Infectious Disease Surveillance NH DPHS; Sean Heichlinger- NH Homeland Security NH DOS;Jacqueline Howarth-  Bacteria Monitoring Supervisor, NH Environmental Services; Laura Ingram-  Purchasing Agent, NH DAS; Allison Keating- Wildlife Biologist NH Fish and Game; Diane M. Kendall, Executive Assistant to Select Board, Town of Deering NH; Karen Kimel- NH Office of the Child Advocate; Traci Knierieman- Accountant Department of Environmental Services; Mark Laliberte- NH Department of Business and Economic Affairs; Heidi Laramie- Internal Affairs Investigator, NH Department of Corrections; Darlene Laro- NH HHS Health Facilities Administration; Darren Lescarbeau- Supervisor NH Division of Emergency Services; Robert Lozeau- Assistant Professor NHDOC Building Trades Program; Shelley A. Marshall- NH Department of Environmental Services, Air Resources; Elizabeth Maynard JD- NH DHHS Emergency Services Unit; Danielle Morse- Strategic National Stockpile Coordinator- NH DHHS; Heid Petzold- Program Review Specialist, NH DHHS Housing Support; RonnieAnn Rakowski- Policy and Planning Director, NH Council on Disabilities; Rick Sawyer- Town Manager, Bedford, NH; Denis Switzer- Civil Engineer, NH Department of Transportation; Jeff Whitney- NH DHHS Finance Unit; Benjamin Yolda- Supervisor IV NH Division for Children Youth and Families; Tabatha L. Young- Abandoned Property Claims Processor, NH Treasury Department

    For more information, contact Dr. Ginger Lever, CPM Program Manager at ginger.lever@das.nh.gov

    Additional information about the New Hampshire Certified Public Manager® Program and other programs offered by the NHBET can be found at https://das.nh.gov/hr/trdev.html


  • May 28, 2019 10:08 AM | Liz Lundeen

    On Thursday, May 23rd, the Arkansas Public Administration Consortium (APAC) graduated 15 Arkansas Certified Public Managers® at the University of Arkansas Pulaski Technical College Campus Center in North Little Rock.

    Graduates were Nathan Alderson, Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration, Billie L. Egli, UA Pulaski Technical College, Heather Garrett, Arkansas Real Estate Commission, Lori Goode, Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, Christopher Holder, Arkansas Department of Human Services, Biranda Lumpkin, Arkansas Public Administration Consortium, Cindy Murphy, Arkansas Attorney General’s Office, Julia Nicol, Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, Jason Olive, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Antwanette Pettigrew-House, Arkansas State Bank Department, Melissa Riffle, Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, Hollie Sanders , Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Lisa Smith, Arkansas State Bank Department, Virginia S. Speake, Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, and Kevin White, Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality.

    Julia Nicol was honored with the Askew Award and Best Project Plan for her exceptional capstone project, titled “The Project Pool: Leveraging untapped resources at work.”  Julia serves as the Senior Manager of Policy & Administration within the Office of Land Resources for the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality. Her project is described as a project-based, resource-sharing program that matches staff members who have extra time to complete special projects that have been submitted by those in the office who do not have the time or resources to complete the work.

    For more information, contact Biranda Lumpkin, CPM Program Manager at bmlumpkin@ualr.edu, or Marie Lindquist, Executive Director of the Arkansas Public Administration Consortium at mtlindquist@ualr.edu. Additional information about the Arkansas Certified Public Manager® Program can be found athttp://ualr.edu/publicaffairs/apac/.


  • October 22, 2018 1:43 PM | LaVida Stalsworth

    On August 17, 2018, the State of New Jersey Certified Public Manager (CPM) program held its annual graduation ceremony.  Seven cohorts concluded, producing 128 graduates.  The cohorts were comprised of representatives from diverse public-sector areas such as, emergency management, IT, law enforcement, environmental oversight, employee counseling, finance, and program planning.  As administrators, we remain committed to facilitating our CPM students' immersion in “diversity of thought” to ensure that as graduates of the program they have the perspectives and resources needed to excel in today’s globally competitive workforce. 

     

     

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