Date: July 28, 2004 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:

Michal Shanley, (863) 534-6631 OR (863) 819-0397 Pager

58 PCSO Members to Graduate Friday From Certified Public Manager Program

A total of 58 Polk County Sheriff's Office members will join the ranks of over 1,800 Certified Public Managers (CPM) in Florida during a CPM graduation ceremony this Friday, July 30, 2004, at the Lakeland Center.

This week's graduation program is the capstone four-day course in a series of eight training programs taken by the participants. Florida currently has over 4,000 participants in the nationally recognized CPM Program. A total of 89 will graduate Friday from local governmental agencies. Sheriff's Office members make up the largest portion of local CPM graduates  (nearly 60 of the 89).

The Florida Cabinet has designated the nationally recognized CPM program as a preferred management development program for the State of Florida Public Manager.  The program is delivered by the Florida Center For Public Management of The Florida State University to facilitate the state of the art education and development of public managers in state and local governments across Florida.

Over 25 speakers and 24 facilitators are scheduled for the 4-day culminating graduation program this week, featuring topics such as Polk Vision, The Sterling Award, Economic Development, and Emergency Management Response. 

The session began on Tuesday, July 27, and will conclude on Friday, July 30, with the graduation ceremony beginning at 12 noon.  PCSO Colonel Grady Judd will serve as the keynote speaker for the event.


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