Certified Public Manager Program

Participant Testimonials

 “The Certified Public Manager Program balances the theory of public management with the practice of public service. As a manager, it’s important to continue to engage in continuous education and to seek to constantly improve. The program stresses leadership, innovation, public service and building high performing government organizations, all of which are essential for managing our cities and towns effectively. I am very impressed with both the knowledge of the instructors and the experience of my colleagues. I would encourage any government manager, elected or appointed, to consider this program as an opportunity to learn, grow and build better communities.”
-Ian Nicolini, Town Manager, Town of Cedar Lake
2010 IMMA Outstanding New Local Government Manager


“The Certified Public Manager Program has helped to refine my entire approach to people and project management. After just the first year I can see a big improvement in the ability of my department and myself to set and accomplish our goals.”
-Joanie Fitzwater, Planning and Zoning Director, City of Greenfield


“The CPM Program has helped renew my skills and attitude while supervising and managing in the public sector. No other continuing education program offered in this state is specifically targeted towards the supervisors and managers in the public sector. I will utilize the comprehensive information I obtained in this class as reference material for many years to come.”
-Tracy Doyle, Superintendent of Parks and Recreation, City of Greenfield


“The CPM Program has been a great learning experience and will benefit my career greatly.”
-Carol Caviness, director, Elkhart County Personnel Office


“The CPM Program is an opportunity to polish your skills and interact with other management professionals from around the state. What is learned in the sessions can be implemented in your organization immediately. The program benefits anyone who is a manager, supervisor or policy-maker. I’ve found the class sessions convenient, interesting and useful.”
-Brent S. Spier, town manager, Town of Seelyville
IMMA President 2011-2012
2010 Manager of the Year, Alliance of Indiana Rural Water


“Before entering Phase I of the program, I celebrated my 23rd year anniversary as a public servant in both county and municipal government. I can honestly say this program has provided the most relevant training and tools essential for a public servant to better serve their community.”
-Beth Shellman, town manager, Town of Albion


“The CPM Program is the best leadership training available for a public servant.  There are so many demands on my time as a County Clerk, it is critical that I operate at the highest level. The focus on first developing myself and then implementing the techniques and tools in my office has been invaluable.  Because the CPM Program is targeted to the public service sector, applying what I learn each month allows me to continually improve how I serve my constituents.  I can only be thankful to be a part of this program!”
-Christa Coffey, clerk, Tippecanoe County


“I am very impressed with the Indiana Certified Public Manager Program. The program is comprehensive and geared toward public servants and the challenges faced when serving communities. I have personally taken many of the concepts and exercises from the sessions and have implemented them with my team. They too are learning as a result of my participation in the program. The required readings between sessions have been extremely beneficial, and I would recommend this program to anyone serving in local government.”
-Tony Foster II, executive director, Department of Metropolitan Development Richmond, Ind.


“The Indiana Certified Public Manager Program has provided the City of Westfield with tools that we could immediately deploy in our organization. The tools are interactive, fun and help explain the importance of processes and theories. The employees have been growing as we learn more through the Bowen Center for Public Affairs training. We recommend the program to any city or town wishing to better their organization.”
-Tammy Havard, project analyst, Westfield, Ind.

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