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Chelsea Huisman receives ICMA’s credential manager candidate recognition

Chelsea Huisman, City Administrator for the City of Center Point, recently received the Credentialed Manager candidate designation from ICMA, the International City/County Management Association. Ms. Huisman is one of over 1,400 local government management professionals currently credentialed through the ICMA Voluntary Credentialing Program.

As the City Administrator for the City of Center Point for four years after serving in the City of Griswold for two years, Chelsea has completed both a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Public Administration and is actively involved in the Iowa City / County Manager’s Association.

Highlights of Chelsea’s almost seven years of local government executive experience and ICMA membership include: IaCMA’s 2014 emerging leader of the year recipient and her continued service to the profession on the IaCMA awards committee (since March 2017), and the Institute of Public Affairs advisory board (since January 2016).

Chelsea is passionate about getting more young people involved in local government, and says there just aren’t enough professionals coming through the pipeline. “I feel that we are obligated to teach people, both new and seasoned about the credentialing program, as I believe the program can make us all better local government managers”, added Huisman.

ICMA’s mission is to create excellence in local governance by promoting professional management worldwide and increasing the proficiency of appointed chief administrative officers, assistant administrators, and other employees who serve local governments and regional entities around the world. The organization’s nearly 10,000 members in 27 countries also include educators, students, and other local government employees.

To receive the prestigious ICMA credential, a member must have significant experience as a senior management executive in local government; have earned a degree, preferably in public administration or a related field; and demonstrated a commitment to high standards of integrity and to lifelong learning and professional development.

For more information regarding the ICMA Voluntary Credentialing Program, contact Jenese Jackson at ICMA, 777 North Capitol Street, N.E., #500, Washington, D.C. 20002-4201; jjackson@icma.org; 202-962-3556.

Please congratulate Chelsea Husiman on her work and recognition as an ICMA Credentialed Manager Candidate


News for newly elected officials

Following this month’s elections many new people will join the ranks of city officials. A few quick notes to help get ready for these new city officials:

  • Register for the Municipal Leadership Academy. This important training for both new and experienced city officials covers city budgets, effective city councils and meetings and an overview of city operations and legal issues. MLA Part One will be presented at the following locations: Fairfield (November 16), Emmetsburg (November 18), Carroll (November 29), Corning (November 30), Cedar Rapids (December 2), Waverly (December 7) and Altoona (December 9). Use the link above to register. Late fees for the first two locations have been waived.
  • An elected official who does not want to be covered by the Iowa Public Employees’ Retirement System (IPERS) must complete an Election for Termination of IPERS Coverage form and submit it to IPERS within 60 days of taking office. If IPERS does not receive a properly completed form within 60 days, the elected official must be IPERS-covered. For IPERS’ purposes, “elected officials” are people elected by the public and those who are appointed for an interim period to fill vacant positions that normally are elected.
  • Iowa Code 21.10 requires information about open meetings and open records to be provided to governmental bodies. The League has numerous resources at our Web site’s Publication Section that can help inform elected officials about these laws including a straightforward Open Meetings Desk Reference (requires League Login).
  • Other items on the League Web sites of particular interest to new city officials:

Oath of Office and Public Official Bonding (requires League Login)

Advice for Newly Elected Officials (requires League Login)

As always, feel free to contact the League should you have any questions.

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