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Credentialing Deepens Commitment to Professional Development Submitted by Brent Hinson, City of Washington

Since 2001, ICMA has had a voluntary credentialing program designed to deepen experienced members’ commitment to professional development and lifelong learning. Credentialed members must complete an Applied Knowledge Assessment, commit to at least 40 hours of targeted professional development activities each year and submit an annual report. Only experienced managers can apply for credentialed status, but managers with a Master’s degree and at least five years of local government management experience can apply for candidate status, which allows a member to attain full credentialed status within two years.

There are currently around 25 credentialed managers and candidates in Iowa. One of them, Tom Markus, City Manager of Iowa City, summed up his reasons for participating in credentialing as follows, “ICMA’s Code of Ethics helps guide our professional lives as local government managers. The code and guidelines make it our duty to continually improve our professional competencies. The Credentialing Program provides the framework for us to meet our ethical responsibilities”.

The IaCMA Board has committed to taking steps to increase the number of credentialed managers in the state. Individuals meeting the minimum qualifications may expect to see a mailing on this topic in Spring 2013, as well as further promotions in the next year. In the meantime, visit http://icma.org/en/icma/members/credentialing/credentialing_resources or contact Brent Hinson, Washington City Administrator, at bhinson@washingtoniowa.net or 319-653-6584 for more information.

Welcome to new members
Welcome to our newest IaCMA members; Phil Jones, City Administrator for the City of Waverly and Barbara Jergenson, City Clerk / Treasurer for the City of Goldfield. Please extend a welcome to Phil and Barbara.

League is seeking Conference Workshop Ideas
The Iowa League of Cities is gathering ideas for educational sessions to be offered at the Annual Conference and Exhibit, September 25-27, 2013, in Dubuque. City and state officials, academics and those involved in providing services to city governments are invited to submit workshop ideas and proposals. If you or someone in your city is an expert on a topic of interest to city officials, please submit a proposal (available on the League Web site). If you have an idea for a conference workshop topic please email it to MbrSvcs@iowaleague.org. Proposals and ideas are due Friday, January 20, 2012. Questions? Please contact League Membership Services at MbrSvcs@iowaleague.org or 515-244-7282. Thank you for your consideration.

Story and Article Ideas… If you have a story, information, news, or interesting tidbits to share with the IaCMA membership, please let me know. You may send information or ideas to Chad Bird, citymanager@decorahia.org. Thank you.

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