Seventeen state government officials complete Certified Public Manager program

May 7, 2007

Seventeen managers from Wisconsin state and local government will become Wisconsin Certified Public Managers at a ceremony at the State Capitol on May 11. The nationally accredited certification is achieved through completion of 300 instructional hours in the Wisconsin Certified Public Manager Program administered by the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Coursework includes general supervisory training and managerial training, including an assessment of managerial skills; specialized classes in personnel, organizational and resource management and related areas; and case study and team-based classes. Candidates also complete a comprehensive applied project to improve the efficiency and responsiveness of their governmental agencies.

These officials join more than 300 managers statewide who have earned the certification since the program was initiated in 1990.

Gina Frank, Administrator of the Division of Enterprise Services in the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services, will speak at the ceremony.

Members of the graduating class are: Steven Bose, Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services; James Brimmer, City of Sun Prairie; Erick Cardew, City of Appleton; Erin Crain, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources; Katrina Edgington, City of Janesville; Greg Epping, Village of Darien; Stacy Grandt, Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired; Alyssa Kenney, Kennedy Heights Community Center; Marty Kosobucki, City of DePere; John Lemke, Wisconsin Historical Museum; Sherrie Nelson, Wisconsin Higher Educational Aids Board; James Olson, Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services; Paul Riehemann, Wisconsin Department of Revenue; Paul Sandrock, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction; Robert Slottke, Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust Funds; James Thompson, Wisconsin Department of Transportation; and Dawn Wenzel, Wisconsin Department of Revenue.

CPM classes are open to anyone, regardless of whether they are seeking certification, but most students do complete the certificate.