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  • February 01, 2021 12:32 PM | Reed Altman
    Feb 1, 2021 Just days before the recruitment launch for the next group of public sector managers to participate in the N.C. Certified Public Manager® (CPM) Program, two of its key providers were recognized by the N.C. Society of Certified Public Managers (NCSCPM) for outstanding contributions to promoting leadership and professionalism in State government. Joel Jordan, Training and Development Manager with the Office of State Human Resources Talent Management Division, was installed as president of the Society during its annual meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 27. Jordan previously served as 2020 president-elect of NCSCPM, which exists to promote fellowship and cooperation in public service, to provide training for the advancement of managerial abilities and to establish standards of performance for managers in public service. Additionally, Dr. Reed Altman, Director of the N.C. CPM Program, was presented with the 2021 Margaret J. Bailey Award at the annual meeting. The highest honor presented by NCSCPM, it recognizes exceptional professionalism by a public sector employee who models the organization’s high moral and personal standards. The Society’s first elected president in 1989, Bailey ensured that the North Carolina program became a founding member of the National CPM Consortium, which continues to accredit the professional development curriculum. State Human Resources Director Barbara Gibson credits Altman with rapidly transitioning the traditionally in-person training to the virtual format during the pandemic. “Reed dedicated himself to supporting participants who were working to complete the program while also establishing a new cohort group under very challenging circumstances,” Gibson said. “He rose to the occasion, enabling graduates to improve functions at their agency and new students to demonstrate in real-time the innovation necessary to succeed as a key manager.” The application period for the 2021-22 N.C. CPM Program launched on Sunday and will continue through March 31. Middle managers from State agency, university and local government entities are eligible, with approval of their organization’s leadership. Over the course of the 14-month course, participants develop personal leadership strengths and discover how to become more effective in the workplace. This includes completion of a public management project specific to their organization’s needs. Since 1982, the N.C. CPM Program has graduated more than 2,400 middle managers, with more than 1,600 of them awarded the prestigious Certified Public Manager® designation following the program’s accreditation in 1989 by the National CPM Consortium. Last fall, 39 public sector employees from 14 state agencies, universities and local government completed the program. Program information is available at the N.C. CPM Program website (https://oshr.nc.gov/cpm). State employees interested in participating should talk with their supervisor or Agency Human Resources Office.
  • May 12, 2020 1:40 PM | Sue Breland

    The Journal of Certified Public Manager® Applied Research (CPMAR) is a scholarly publication of the best papers produced by graduates of the Texas Certified Public Manager® (CPM) Program at Stephen F. Austin State University. The graduates of the CPM program complete a seven-track sequence and the paper is considered the “capstone” of the program.

    Currently, only graduates from the Texas CPM Program at Stephen F. Austin State University are eligible to publish their papers in the journal with approval from the Editor-in-Chief. These capstone research papers provide an excellent resource for not only the community of CPMs, but for public managers everywhere.

    Read the first papers published in the current issue here. 

  • March 23, 2020 10:08 AM | Sue Breland

    Many CPMs are on the front lines of managing government, health, and economic issues in communities across the nation. As we've shared in Texas, please be aware of these links below to important information that may be of assistance in these unprecedented times.

  • October 15, 2019 8:49 AM | Sue Breland

    The ICMA award for Excellence in Education named in honor of Stephen B. Sweeney will be presented to Dr. Howard Balanoff, Texas CPM Director, on Wednesday October 23rd at the 2019 ICMA Conference in Nashville, Tennessee.

    The Texas Certified Public Manager program was one of Dr. Balanoff’s major accomplishments on behalf of the public management profession. After starting it in 1995, he continued to serve as its director while the program graduated more than 1,900 public sector employees. The program has eight locations at five universities delivering year-round education focused on public service administration. To help support the CPM program, Dr. Balanoff was instrumental in obtaining a $1 million endowment from former Texas Lieutenant Governor William P. Hobby’s Foundation in Houston, Texas.

    To view the narrative for the award that is included in the October 2019 issue of the ICMA Journal Public Management (PM) go to https://icma.org/articles/pm-magazine/2019-professional-excellence-awards.  Congratulations Dr. Balanoff!

  • June 20, 2019 2:18 PM | Sue Breland

    Texas State University’s William P. Hobby Center for Public Service graduated fifty-seven new Texas Certified Public Managers® at the Texas State Capitol on Monday June 11, 2019. The CPM graduates and their families came from CPM Programs conducted at these locations: Arlington, Nacogdoches, Lubbock, Round Rock, and San Marcos Texas. The graduates participated in CPM Programs offered by Texas State University, Stephen F. Austin University, and Texas Tech University.

    Read more about the graduates, see photos, and watch the Graduation speaker, Ms. Charmelle Garrett, Former City Manager of Victoria Texas, and CPM graduate at this link .

  • December 22, 2017 2:16 PM | Sue Breland

    Read about the Open Streets Movement in Wichita Kansas, written by Troy Houtman, Texas CPM, Texas State University MPA Graduate, and now Director of Parks and Recreation in that city.  As a nationally recognized designation, CPM graduates take their knowledge and experience across the country impacting communities everywhere.

    Read Troy's article, "Open Street ITC," here

  • September 25, 2017 8:28 AM | Sue Breland

    Recent Texas CPM Graduate, Gene Ellis, Police Chief & Assistant City Manager in Belton, Texas, has published his Capstone research in "The Police Chief" magazine, the official publication of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

    In Chief Ellis' article titled, Prevention-Focused Community Policing Building Public Trust, he explored Sir Robert Peel’s Nine Principles of Policing (1829) with current community-oriented policing models adopted in the mid-1980s. His research found that true community policing is an understanding that the police cannot do it alone and must build partnerships with the community to solve community problems. He focused on seven steps to building public trust in policing using a prevention-focused policing model that inclues:

    1. Make prevention the focus of police operations.
    2. Foster a servant-guardian mentality in officers.
    3. Make quality of life the end game.
    4. Embrace smart policing initiatives.
    5. Develop law enforcement staff.
    6. Adopt “best practices” in policing.
    7. Promote an officer safety mind-set.

    Chief Gene Ellis is a 28-year veteran of policing and has served as a police chief for over 18 years. He holds an undergraduate degree in criminal justice from the University of Houston and a graduate degree in criminal justice from St. Ambrose University, and he is a graduate of the 217th Session of the FBI National Academy and of the Certified Public Manager Program through Texas State University. Chief Ellis also serves as assistant city manager for the City of Belton in addition to his police chief duties.

  • September 18, 2017 9:10 AM | Sue Breland

    Howard & Marilyn Balanoff have co-authored a paper with Nikol Hopman, from Leiden University in the Netherlands and Goos Mindeman, from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. The title of the paper is The National Certified Public Manager® (CPM) Program: A Model for Public and Nonprofit Leaders and Managers around the World.  The paper was presented at the European Group for Public Administration (EGPA) Conference on August 30. 2017. Howard Balanoff, Marilyn Balanoff, Goos Mindeman & Casper VanDenBerg, a member of the faculty at Leiden University presented the paper at EGPA.

    Click here for a copy of the paper.

  • April 28, 2017 9:12 AM | Sue Breland

    Sponsored by Texas State University’s William P. Hobby Center for Public Service

    Nearly 120 Texas CPM alumni, faculty, and students gathered in Round Rock, Texas on Friday April 7, 2017, 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 honoree, Alan Bojorquez, is the Chairman of the Texas Center for Municipal Ethics, as well as, Principal and Chief Executive Officer of the Bojorquez Law Firm in Austin Texas. Read more about the conference and view videos here.
  • January 17, 2017 9:14 AM | Sue Breland

    28 Local Government Managers Attend the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) CPM Program in Arlington, Texas

    By: Dr. Howard Balanoff, Professor & Director, William P. Hobby Center for Public Service, Texas State University

    On January 12, 2017 Texas State University began a new cycle of courses in the Texas Certified Public Manager (CPM) Program. At the present time twenty eight local government managers and leaders are enrolled in the 2017 CPM Program offered at the North Central Texas Council of Governments in Arlington, Texas.

    The Director of the Texas CPM Program in Arlington, Texas is David Tees. The following managers are enrolled in the CPM Program in Arlington:

    Darwin Archer, City Manager, City of Cisco, Texas

    Jeff Bell, Fire Chief, Fairview Fire Rescue, City of Fairview, Texas

    Dennis Brown, Inspector, City of Kennedale, Texas

    Alexander Busken, Management Analyst, City of Benbrook, Texas

    Brett Clark, Finance Director, City of Burleson, Texas

    Chrystal Davis, Human Resources Director, City of Carrolton, Texas

    Keith Davis, Lieutenant, Police Department, City of Texarkana, Texas

    Kyle Dooley, Public Works Director, City of Texarkana, Texas

    Heath Haseloff, Project Engineer, Town of Highland Park, Texas

    Kenneth Hedges, Assistant Fire Chief, City of Denton, Texas

    Michelle Hicks, City Secretary, City of Lacy Lakeview, Texas

    Trish Holley, Director of Administration, City of Burkburnett, Texas

    Larry Hoover, Streets Superintendent, City of Kennedale, Texas

    Esmeralda Hudson, City Secretary, City of Waco, Texas

    Shirley Jaster, Assistant City Manager, City of Texarkana, Texas

    Carrie Jones, Assistant to the City Manager, City of Denison, Texas

    Mathew Jones, Director of Community Development, Town of Argyle, Texas

    William Jordan, City Manager, City of Ferris, Texas

    Albert Lawrence, Assistant City Manager, City of Red Oak, Texas

    Gary Lester, Revenue Manager, City of Rowlett, Texas

    Mark Morris, Human Resources Director, City of Balch Springs, Texas

    Kelly Neal, Finance Director, Town of Prosper, Texas

    Mike Shaffstall, City of Lake Dallas, Texas

    Cheryl, Taylor, City Engineer, City of Colleyville, Texas

    Gretchen Vasquez, Senior Engineer, City of Cleburne, Texas

    Darwin Wade, Grants Coordinator, City of Arlington, Texas

    Mike Whaley, City Manager, City of Burkburnett, Texas

    Brett Williams, Executive Director of Community Services, City of Killeen, Texas

    The Texas CPM Program is currently offered by 5 Texas Universities in 7 cities throughout the State of Texas. The Texas CPM Program is accredited by the National Certified Public Manager Consortium. CPM Programs are offered in 40 states in the United States. Since the CPM Program began in Texas in July 1995 over 1700 public sector and not for profit sector managers, leaders, supervisors etc. have graduated from the Program which is operated under the umbrella of Texas State University’s William P. Hobby Center for Public Service.

    For additional information about the Texas CPM Program in Arlington, Texas please contact Dr. David Tees at dwtees@gmail.com or 817/683-8764. For information about the Texas CPM Program in general explore the CPM website at www.txstate.edu/cpm and/or contact Dr. Howard Balanoff at hb02@txstate.edu or 512/245-3453.

    Participants in the Texas CPM Program attend class at the North Central Texas Council of Governments located in Arlington Texas.

    Mr. Chris Hartung, Owner & President of Hartung Consulting (front of room) provides information on recruiting and selection of employees to participants in the Texas CPM Program in Arlington, Texas.

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