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23 graduate from FSU's public-manager course

RELEASE DATE: June 21, 2007

TAVARES — On June 15 in Tallahassee, 23 individuals from government agencies in Lake County graduated from the Florida State University's Certified Public Manager (CPM) Program.

The CPM Program is a national leadership-training program. In all, 250 employees from local and state agencies graduated from the program last week. The collection of managers from local and state agencies completed the rigorous program consisting of 32 days of training, seven exams and six assignments. The new graduates joined the ranks of more than 2,800 other certified public managers in Florida. Within Florida, 20 state agencies, 60 city and county governments, and 15 constitutional offices have participated in the CPM program.

Friday's graduation ceremony represented the culmination of a three-day leadership conference. The keynote speaker for the graduation ceremony was Sarasota County Tax Collector Barbara Ford-Coates, herself a CPM graduate. More than 500 people attended the graduation ceremony, including Lake County Manager Cindy Hall and Deputy County Manager Gregg Welstead. For more information about the Florida CPM Program, log on to www.fcpm.fsu.edu or contact program consultant and senior management trainer Dan Vicker at (850) 597-1084 or dvicker@admin.fsu.edu.

CPM graduates from Lake County included:

Board of County Commissioners — Rene Bass, Office Associate; Chris Evensen, Network Administrator; Kasie McAdams, Employee Services Manager; Chris Patton, Public Information Coordinator; Jason Showe, Revenue Coordinator; Wendy Taylor, Executive Office Manager; Todd Thornton, Financial Coordinator; Pat Werner, Lead Network Technician

City of Groveland — Dolly Miller, Finance Director; Willie Morgan, Fire Chief; Larry Walker, Public Works Director

City of Mascotte — Marge Strausbaugh, City Manager

City of Leesburg — Betty Richardson, City Clerk

Clerk of Courts — Eric LaFollette, Senior Network Administrator; Jeff McAdams, Systems Manager, Networks Support & Security; Roosevelt Pacheco, Systems Manager, Application Development & Support

Lake-Sumter EMS — Bryan Andrews, Patient Financial Services Manager; Ralph Habermehl, Operations Manager; Layne Hendrickson, Programs Director; Mike Hilliard, Training Officer; Tom Lackey, Assistant Chief; Marilyn Sonn, Finance Manager; Kimberly Stephens, Communications Manager

Tax Collector — Carolyn Richardson, Support Services Director; Randy Van Alstine, Supervisor of Golden Triangle office


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