Writer: Roger Nielsen
The first cohort of government leaders to successfully complete the University of Georgia’s nationally accredited Certified Public Manager® program was recognized at a graduation ceremony Sept. 15.
Forty-four managers with the Fulton County government are the first public officials in Georgia to achieve certification since the Institute of Government resumed offering CPM training in 2016. The program earned accreditation from the National Certified Public Manager Consortium’s board of directors earlier this year.
The 300-hour CPM curriculum, delivered exclusively in Georgia by Institute of Government faculty, is designed to help managers with state and local government agencies strengthen their leadership skills to earn nationally recognized certification. The program features a combination of in-class learning, independent study and a capstone project covering topics such as change leadership, outstanding public service and developing a collaborative work culture.
One newly certified manager, Fran Phillips-Calhoun, Intergovernmental/Interagency Affairs Division manager with the Department of External Affairs, commended the Institute for resuming the CPM program. “This is an invaluable resource for public managers, especially those tasked with managing change in large and small governments,” Phillips-Calhoun said.
Richard DuCree, a facility architect and planner with the Department of Real Estate Asset Management’s Land Division, said CPM helped a diverse group of supervisors forge a sense of teamwork that they can apply in their jobs. “The coursework really honed in on the challenges and attributes of being a manager, and helped you learn ways to better serve the public effectively and efficiently,” DuCree said.
In addition to the Fulton County supervisors, a cohort of state government managers is scheduled to earn CPM certification in November.
Registration is now underway for 2018 CPM training. One course, which is open to both local and state government officials, will be held in Savannah starting in January. A program for state-level managers will be held in Macon, also starting in January.