OCPM Project Team Receives Statehouse Recognition

The 2016 President’s Award recipients from Ohio Certified Public Manager® training Cohort 51 received recognition through a public resolution at the Ohio Statehouse on 2 May 2017. Resolution HR 100 was presented during a gathering of the 132nd Assembly.  The resolution was presented by Representatives John Barnes, Tim Schaffer, and Anne Gonzales. They were also recognized by the Ohio Senate with a personal presentation of a Senate Resolution by Senator Yuko, also on behalf of Senators John Balderson and Kevin Bacon.

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Bridging the Gap receiving HR 100 during 132nd General Assembly on 2 May 2017
Each year, an OCPM training program final presentation team is selected by the Society President for recognition. Criteria includes exemplifying the Certified Public Manager designation in the application of the training’s core competencies and most thorough utilization of the 18-month training program content while producing noteworthy results in their final presentation.

The Civilian-Military Divide: Bridging the Gap

The goal of this project was to develop a State of Ohio military retention toolkit to  help create a workplace culture of understanding and retention of State of Ohio military employees. The intended result is to help bridge the gap between State of Ohio employers and Ohio military employees by providing resources that will help with the overall retention of these quality personnel.

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Team members Bailey, Lehman and Graves with OCPM Society President Lyons and Ohio Senator Yuko

The Bridging the Gap project team members are graduates of Cohort 51 from the Ohio Certified Public Manager® training program.

Team members include:

  • Afrika Alsup, Ohio Adjutant General’s Department
  • Charles Bailey, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
  • Darryl Graves, Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction
  • Gary Lehman, Department of Developmental Disabilities

The project sponsor is Lieutenant Colonel Kathryn Lowrey, Retired, Ohio National Guard

This pioneering work is important because less than 1% of American citizens serve in the armed forces. We will count on our all volunteer reserve component forces to deploy for years to come – many work in public agencies.

-Retired Lt. Col. Kathryn Lowrey