City Manager Cleatus Phillips receives Credentials from ICMA

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From Special Reports

Cleatus Phillips, City Manager for the City of Newnan, Georgia, recently received the Credentialing Manager designation from ICMA, the International City/County Management Association.

Phillips is one of over 1,300 local government management professionals currently credentialed through the ICMA Voluntary Credentialing Program.

ICMA’s mission is to advance professional local government through leadership, management, innovation, and ethics and by increasing the proficiency of appointed chief administrative officers, assistant administrators, and other employees who serve local governments and regional entities around the world. The organization’s 13,000 members in 27 countries also include educators, students, and other local government employees.

To receive the prestigious ICMA credential, a member 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.

“Cleatus has set the standard of leading by example for our organization,” said Mayor Keith Brady. “Our city is grateful to have a professional of Cleatus’ caliber as part of our leadership team. His achievements of ICMA Credentialed Manager status is a national recognition of his management expertise and contributions to professional local government throughout his career.”

Phillips has served the City of Newnan since 2000; the last ten years as City Manager. Prior to this appointment, he served as the Director of Community Development, and prior to that as the City Planner.

Phillips is a member of ICMA and Georgia City/County Management Association (GCCMA). He has a Bachelor’s in City Planning from Western Kentucky University.

ICMA is recognized internationally as the premier professional organization for local government managers. Its mission is to advance professional local government through leadership, management, innovation, and ethics and to increase the proficiency of appointed chief administrative officers, assistant administrators, and other employees who serve in local government.

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