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  • September 19, 2016 3:28 PM | Anonymous

     September 15, 2016 - Aiken, SC

    Michelle Shepard, a Certified Public Manager®, has been appointed as the Public Works Director for the City of Aiken, South Carolina. She will report directly to the City Manager.

    Source: Aiken Standard

  • August 29, 2016 11:02 AM | Anonymous

    FREEHOLD, NJ - Sheriff Shaun Golden is pleased to announce the graduation of six employees from the distinguished New Jersey Certified Public Manager® Program from Rutgers University School of Public Affairs and Administration. The ten month class which met one work day per week teaches public servants how to deal with the complex issues of an agency, as well as become more efficient, effective, fair and ethical, as they manage day to day operations within their divisions.

    “As public servants, it’s vital that challenges are dealt with in the most professional and effective manner,” said Sheriff Shaun Golden. “This program does that by providing the core skills our participants can grow and build on as committed leaders. By attaining this coveted certification, it helps ensure that Monmouth County residents will receive the highest standards of service.”

    Graduates included Sgt. David Wentworth, Sgt. Jose Rivera and Sgt. Joel Fischer of the Law Enforcement Division, Capt. Rene Roberts and Lt. Jason McCauley of the Correctional Division and Andrew Calvo, IT Director.

    “I’m grateful to have been provided with such a great opportunity,” said Sgt. Jose Rivera who was a nominee for the Askew Award, which recognizes recipients for exceptional work.

    “The CPM program enabled me to enhance my understanding of the responsibilities I have as a sergeant and excel in the necessary skills needed to become an effective leader.”

    Sgt. Denise Palmisano, a former graduate in 2014, was a recipient of the Askew Award for the 2012-2015 class.

    Source: AHHearld.com

  • August 11, 2016 5:50 PM | Anonymous

    Scott Wall, CPM, was hired as city administrator by the Willow Park City Council on Tuesday, August 9, 2016.

    Wall has more than 25 years of experience in city management. His career began in 1992 as city manager of Hondo, located near San Antonio.

    In 1999 he became assistant city manager of Lancaster. He was promoted to city manager a year later.

    Wall was then hired as the city manager of Sherman, a position he held for five years.

    In 2007 Wall became city manager of Leander.

    Two years later he was hired as assistant city manager of Tyler, where he stayed for about a year before taking the city manager position in Crandall in 2011.

    Wall holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from West Texas State A&M and a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas State University. He was the first city manager in Texas to complete the Certified Public Manager® Program from Texas State University’s William P. Hobby Center for Public Service Academy, according to his biography.

    Wall is also an International City Management Association Credentialed Manager.

    Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/weatherford-star-telegram/wt-news/article94946452.html#storylink=cpy and here: http://www.weatherforddemocrat.com/news/local_news/willow-park-names-new-city-admin/article_fb2cce35-6a84-5218-9c33-3d069093e9ad.html

  • August 09, 2016 1:49 PM | Anonymous

    James Fisher, CPM, has been appointed as the new city manager of Forney, Texas.

    Fisher served as the city manager for Murphy, Texas from 2008 until his resignation in March 2016. During his eight-year tenure, Fisher saw the city’s population explode from approximately 11,000 to 20,000.

    Fisher previously worked for the cities of Port Aransas, Castroville, Muleshoe, and Bee Cave, Texas,” according to a bio released by the City of Forney last month.

    He is a Texas Certified Public Manager® and is a member of the Texas City Management Association where he has served as the Ethics Chairman and as President for Regions 4 and 7, according to the bio. He is also a member of the International City/County Management Association. Fisher holds a master of public affairs from the University of Texas at Dallas and a bachelor of business administration in management from West Texas A&M University.

    See more at: http://inforney.com/local-news/item/4657-forney-city-council-appoints-new-city-manager

  • August 05, 2016 12:52 PM | Anonymous

    Omaha, NE - Douglas County has received the prestigious Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for fiscal year ended June 30, 2015, Douglas County Clerk/Comptroller Dan Esch announced today. Dan Esch, CPM, is the Douglas County Clerk/Comptroller and a 2010 graduate of the Nebraska CPM Program. Douglas County is the most populous county in the state.

  • 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


    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.

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