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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Local employees boost skill sets

  • Two Dodge City workers have taken significant measures to become better employees.Director of the Convention and Visitors Bureau Jan Stevens and Deputy Police Chief Drew Francis completed the Certified Public Manager program in December.The Kansas Certified Public Manager (CPM) program is an educational opport...
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  • Two Dodge City workers have taken significant measures to become better employees. Director of the Convention and Visitors Bureau Jan Stevens and Deputy Police Chief Drew Francis completed the Certified Public Manager program in December. The Kansas Certified Public Manager (CPM) program is an educational opportunity for managers working in nonprofits, government agencies and other organizations that provide public services. Participants use the program to develop management skills and fill training gaps. Completing the program involves classroom hours, online learning and outside assignments for a total of 300 hours of learning. Participants also complete a capstone project focused on an opportunity for revenue generation, cost savings, process improvement or workplace innovation. “I became very interested in the class when I first came to work for the city and that was seven years ago but I didn't feel like I had the time to devote to it because it is very intense,” Stevens said. “… For me personally I felt like it could enrich me, help me perform better as an employee for the city and be better at my job.” “I think it will help me increase my employees' productivity, understand the community better and understand some of the governmental process a bit better,” she added. For her capstone project, Stevens focused on attracting motorcyclists to the tourism market. As someone working to bring visitors to the city, she felt she was tapping in to a vital resource. The project included developing print marketing materials, mapping out a motorcycle tour and working with motorcycle events in the community. Part of the reason Stevens chose the project was because of upcoming motorcycle events, such as the Dodge City 300 in July. “There are 81,000 registered motorcycle riders in the state of Kansas and you see them on the road all the time,” Stevens said. “So I felt like we needed to create a marketing piece that would appeal to the motorcyclists to make Dodge City a destination.” Francis signed on for similar reasons. “The information that they had listed contained a lot of areas specific to public management and the challenges that we face as managers and a lot of the information and subjects appeared to go into depth beyond what I already had,” Francis said. For his capstone project, Francis worked on the development of a physical fitness program for the police department. Francis noted the importance of physical fitness for police officers and noticed the absence of such a program for Dodge City's officers. The Kansas CPM program was established in 1993. Since then, nearly 1,500 public managers have completed certification. City of Dodge City staff that have also completed the program include Human Resource Officer Barb Slagle, Director of Public Works Corey Keller and Public Works Supervisor Leonel Ibarra.

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