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KU announces 2015 Kansas Certified Public Manager Program graduates

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas Public Management Center has announced the 2015 graduates of the Kansas Certified Public Manager (CPM) program. The graduation ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 20, in the House Chamber at the Capitol in Topeka.

The 55 graduates, who began their coursework in January, represent local, county, state or federal agencies, as well as utilities, from across Kansas. They participated in classes in Topeka, the Kansas City area and Southwest Kansas.

This year an additional 17 graduates of the Law Enforcement Leadership Academy (LELA) Command School completed their CPM certification through classroom instruction and online work, and they will be included in the graduation ceremony. Starting in 2016, LELA Command School students will earn their CPM certification simultaneously with the Command School program.

“I am inspired by the passion, dedication and commitment the CPM graduates bring to public service and their professions. They are committed to excellence, customer service, leadership and public administration,” said Terri Callahan, program director. “Their passion for life-long learning and improving their leadership abilities, and their desire to lead organizations is reflected in their thoughtful insights in class discussions, assignments, and in their capstone projects. CPM graduates view public service as a noble profession and they truly represent the best of public service.”

The Kansas CPM program is a professional education opportunity for managers working in government agencies, nonprofits and organizations that contract to provide public services and meet community needs. The CPM program is a nationally accredited management program and certification in which participants develop and strengthen their management skills through a competency-based curriculum. Close to 1,600 CPM graduates have earned the nationally recognized emblem of management excellence through the Kansas program.

The CPM program can fill a training gap for staff with significant technical expertise who seek to further their knowledge of current management practices. The Kansas program offers a blended learning approach of classroom hours, online learning and outside assignments to meet 300 hours of structured learning. The curriculum addresses personal and organizational integrity, managing work, leading people, developing self, public service and leadership during times of change. Along the way, participants complete a capstone project focused on an opportunity for cost savings, revenue generation, process improvement or innovation in their workplace.

Participants meet in the classroom two days per month for one year, starting in January. In 2016 CPM will be offered in three locations: Topeka, the Kansas City metro area and Hays. For more information or to apply, visit the KU Public Management Center’s website or contact Terri Callahan by email or at 785-864-6864.

The graduates:

Allen County
Cole Herder, City of Humboldt

Atchison County
Mike Stec, City of Atchison

Bourbon County
Fort Scott
J. Travis Shelton, City of Fort Scott
Heather Smith, City of Fort Scott, Economic Department

Butler County
El Dorado
Tabitha Sharp, City of El Dorado
Chad Young, El Dorado Police Department

Crawford County
Christopher T. Weiner, City of Girard

Douglas County
Lori A. Alexander, Douglas County Emergency Communications
Nancy Baker, KU
Kelvin Bellinger, Douglas County Sheriff's Office
Alecia Gray, KU School of Public Affairs and Administration & KU Public Management Center
Tevita Hafoka, Douglas County Sheriff's Office
Adam Rains, Douglas County

Ellis County
Kirk Klein, City of Hays
Eric Rohleder, Commission on Veterans Affairs Office

Finney County
Garden City
John Arellano Jr., City of Garden City
Carol Davidson, City of Garden City
Araceli Guerra-Chan, Finney County Appraiser's Office
Jimme Skinner, City of Garden City

Ford County
Dodge City
Robert Heinz, City of Dodge City Fire Department
Jeff Mooradian, Dodge City Police Department

Franklin County
Betty Simpson, City of Ottawa

Harvey County
Eric Murphy, Newton Police Department

Jackson County
Macie Smith, Youth Encounter

Wade W.G. Schneider, Prairie Band Potawatomi Tribal Police Department

Jefferson County
William L. Noll, Jefferson County

Johnson County
Karl Burris, Lenexa Police Department
Diana Mendoza-Cauley, Lenexa Police Department

Rob Beilfuss, City of Olathe
Robin Carbrey, City of Olathe
Shana L. Casner, Johnson County Appraiser's Office
John Gilroy, City of Olathe
Zandra Oxler, Johnson County, Kansas Government
Rick A. Parsons, Olathe Police Department

Overland Park
Kimberly K. Hendershot, City of Overland Park
Brian Scovill, City of Overland Park

Aaron Fulk, City of Shawnee

Kiowa County
Clay Parkin, Kiowa County Sheriff’s Office​

McPherson County
Rob McClarty, McPherson Police Department
Michael Terry, McPherson Police Department

Miami County
Jeff McGuire, Miami County Road & Bridge
Chad Myers, City of Paola
Tina Zapien

Pottawatomie County
Heather Haman, Pottawatomie County

Reno County
Brice Burlie, Hutchinson Police Department
Troy Hoover, Hutchinson Police Department

Sedgwick County
Park City
Dana Walden, City of Park City

Rod Page, Kansas Bureau of Investigation
Jennifer Szambecki, Kansas Turnpike Authority

Seward County
Brad Beer, City of Liberal
Cal Burke, City of Liberal
Kim Clinkingbeard, City of Liberal
Karl Hall, Seward County

Shawnee County
Mende Barnett, Office of the State Fire Marshal
Angela German, Kansas Department of Health & Environment
Scott Gilchrist, Topeka Police Department
Debra J. Hoffer, Shawnee County Sheriff's Office
Gerald McIntyre, Kansas Department of Health & Environment
Amy Swanson, Kansas Department of Health & Environment
Allen Vinyard, Kansas Department of Labor
Janell Zeiler, Kansas Bureau of Investigation

Wyandotte County
Bonner Springs
Ed Kennedy, Bonner Springs Police Department
Mark Zaretski, Bonner Springs Police Department

Kansas City
Kelli Bailiff, Wyandotte County Sheriff's Office
William L. Howard JR, Kansas City, Kansas Police Department
Rance Quinn, Kansas City, Kansas Police Department


Jackson County
Kansas City
Clifton Campbell, United Services Community Action Agency
Lemartt Holman II, United Services Community Action Agency
Michelle Johnson, United Services Community Action Agency
Glory Vaughn-Walker, United Services Community Action Agency
Tawana Woods, United Services Community Action Agency.


Ruth DeWitt, Communications Manager
KU School of Public Affairs and Administration

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