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City department director receives local government credential

City of Kansas City, Mo., General Services Department Director Gerald Smith recently received the Credentialed Manager designation from the International City/County Management Association. Smith is one of more than 1,000 local government professionals credentialed through the voluntary process.

To receive the designation, association members must have significant experience as a senior management executive in local government, have earned a degree, preferably in public administration or a related field, and demonstrated a commitment to high standards of integrity and to lifelong learning and professional development.

“Gerald continues to work to improve himself through professional development, which makes him an asset to the City and the city’s residents,” City Manager Wayne A. Cauthen said. “Through the association, he stays current with best practices and brings innovation and efficiency to his department.”

Smith has been a member of the International City/County Management Association for more than 10 years, and before coming to the City, served as an assistant city manager, village administrator and assistant to the city manager in Illinois, Ohio and Missouri, and has run his own municipal services business. Smith also currently serves as the president of the Kansas/Missouri chapter of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators.

For more information, contact Mary Charles in the City Communications Office at (816) 513-1356.

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