25 KUA Employees Graduate from Certified Public Manager Program

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KISSIMMEE, Fla., August 20, 2014 – Kissimmee Utility Authority is pleased to announce the graduation of 25 employees from Florida’s Certified Public Manager program. The utility graduates are among hundreds of individuals statewide who completed the program this summer.

The CPM program is a nationally-recognized leadership development program currently offered in 38 states. Its purpose is to develop more effective public managers, thereby improving services to taxpayers. Graduates complete a rigorous two-year program, including 32 days of training in addition to required projects and exams.

More than 100 government agencies — including city, county, state and constitutional offices — have participated in the Florida CPM program. The Florida Cabinet has recognized the program as a “preferred management development program.”

Florida has one of the largest and most successful CPM programs in the country, with more than 4,000 graduates statewide. The program is administered by the Florida Center for Public Management at Florida State University, which is part of the Reubin O’D. Askew School of Public Administration and Policy.

In honor of the new graduates, Florida Gov. Rick Scott designated the week of July 20-26 as “Certified Public Manager Recognition Week.”

The 25 CPM graduates from KUA include:

Irene M. Acosta
Shannon Leigh Berube
Nicholas A. Bright
Anthony A. Darnell
Clarimar Diaz
Vaclav Gluc
Leslie R. Gouty
Marilyn Grande
Kent-Erik Holmberg
Melissa Rogers Kelsey
Michael Koss
Arthur J. Grant Lacerte Jr.
Patricia LaMarche
Charles Lee
Yarismar Macarrulla
Robert Morris
Logan Murphy
Christopher L. Reigle
Denise Santiago
Luis A. Santiago
Michelle M. Scharfenberg
David L. Siegel
Adam J. Smith
Patrick D. Sullivan
Robert D. Usher Jr.

KUA chairman Reginald L. Hardee, an employee of Florida’s Turnpike Enterprises, was also a member of this year’s CPM graduating class.

Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility powering 64,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.

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Contact: Chris M. Gent
(407) 933-9836(407) 933-9836