Seventeen local government supervisors from the city of Rome successfully completed an in-depth Management Development Program administered by the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government.
Earning MDP certificates were:
Johnna Allen, assistant purchasing director;
Timothy Brunson, water and sewer operations supervisor;
Steve Burkhalter, information technology/systems administrator;
Kristy Childre, assistant human resources director and risk manager;
Police Lt. Chris DeHart;
Bekki Fox, director of community development;
Scott Gamble, water and sewer operations crew foreman;
Timothy Garrett, street department detail operations manager;
Fire Battalion Chief Roger Haggard;
Chris Jenkins, street department director;
Eric Lindberg, water and sewer environmental programs administrator;
Police Lt. Trixie Morgan;
David Ray, water and sewer operations supervisor;
Fire Battalion Chief Brad Roberson;
Fire Capt. Benjie Smith;
Becky Smyth, downtown parking services manager; and
Lori Whorton-Spence, municipal court administrator.
The supervisors were recognized at a Sept. 11 awards ceremony in the Rome City Commission chambers.
The MDP program, tailored to public sector supervisors, is a 20-day program that extends over an eight-month period. Courses are offered in two-day modules in an informal learning environment framed around three broad themes: self-awareness, collaboration and process improvement.
The Carl Vinson Institute of Government is a public service and outreach unit of the University of Georgia.