CCSO well represented at public manager course

Five Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) leaders, alongside 145 employees from many other government agencies in the region, were graduated today from Florida State University’s Certified Public Manager (CPM) program.

According to the Florida Center for Public Management, the CPM program is a nationally-recognized leadership development program for public managers and supervisors. It is currently offered in 38 states and by the federal government.

The program is described by the Florida Center for Public Management to consist of 32 days of classroom instruction, supplemented by homework assignments and open-book exams.

There are 8 four-day courses, known as Levels 1-8. These Levels are typically scheduled every 2-3 months, so most CPM students complete the program in 18-24 months. These classes run from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, typically Tuesday-Friday, with normal morning and afternoon breaks, plus lunch time.

Over the course of the CPM program, the Center for Public Management explains that levels 1 through 4 focus on the fundamentals of leadership and management, with an emphasis on improving one’s people skills, team leadership, and improving organizational effectiveness. Levels 5-8 are designed to improve a manager’s understanding of complex organizations, large systems, and policy formation.

“The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office has a long history of enhancing the professional development and education of our agency’s leadership,” said Sheriff Prendergast. “The commitment these five leaders have shown to their professional growth and the improvement of our agency will make a significant impact for years to come. We are very proud of them for achieving this significant milestone.”

Please join us in congratulating the graduating employees: Will DiGeloromo; Information Technology Director, Kim Helms; Records and Transcription Supervisor, Terri Rockett; Human Resources Manager, Tracy Seffern; Financial Services Director, and Mike Story; Communications Manager. It is our hope that the skills they have learned from this program bring fresh new leadership ideas to CCSO.