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2010.12.21 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Nebraska Certified Public Manager Program Graduates Third Class

Omaha - Nebraska Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy presided over the graduation of the third class of the Nebraska Certified Public Manager (CPM) Program on Dec. 10.

With this graduation, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) School of Public Administration continues its tradition of providing management training for public and non-profit professionals across Nebraska and beyond.

The 2010 graduates include: William Brecks, Chief Building Inspector, City of Lexington, Neb.; Captain Kevin Conlon, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office; Dan Esch, Administrative Assistant, Douglas County Clerk/Comptroller’s Office; Erin Williamson Reinders, Long Range Planning Supervisor, City of Franklin, Tenn.; Pamela K. Richter, City Clerk/Treasurer, Kimball, Neb.; Rosemarie D. Russell, City Clerk/Executive Assistant to the City Administrator, Gering, Neb.; Dawn M. Schmidt, Municipal Clerk/Treasurer, Yutan, Neb.; Rhonda Sheibal-Carver, Officer Manager/Staff Assistant, UNO School of Public Administration; and Jason L. Weiss, Lead Electronics Technician, Southwest Public Power District, Palisade, Neb.

Each of the newly minted Certified Public Managers completed the yearlong program of 17 on-line and on-campus courses, and a major project designed to benefit their organization.

For his project, Brecks developed a program to help Lexington city employees learn basic Spanish so that they can better serve their population. Conlon created a sequence of webcasts to help the Sheriff’s office recruit for new deputies more effectively and efficiently. Esch improved the processes for training and supervising temporary staff and provided for retention of institutional knowledge for the County Board of Equalization.

Reinders established a community engagement system to improve citizen participation in planning. Richter filled a gap by developing a pay plan and job descriptions for Kimball. Russell also filled a gap for Gering by creating records management policies, procedures and training.

Schmidt facilitated development of a community group in Yutan which has already begun to help promote economic development in the city. Sheibal-Carver surveyed university-based training for public and nonprofit managers to inform UNO programs about how to attain financial sustainability. Weiss identified communication issues within his organization and proposed an electronic management system to improve efficiency and customer service.

Lt. Gov. Sheehy thanked the graduates for their service to their communities and the state. He also praised their initiative and commitment to professional development and encouraged them to continue to seek opportunities to gain new skills and knowledge.

For detailed information on the program, visit www.unomaha.edu/cpm or contact Mary R. Hamilton at mary.hamilton@cox.net.

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