Lincolnton City Manager Jeff Emory can add a new distinction to his resume after being officially credentialed through a leading local-government management organization.
Emory, who received his “Credentialed Manager” designation earlier this year through the International City/County Management Association, is one of only about 1,200 local-government management professionals to complete the program. Statewide, roughly 100 have done so.
Members of the organization who wish to receive the credential “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,” a press release from the ICMA noted.
Emory was appointed city manager of Lincolnton in 1997, having previously held the same title in Whiteville and served as town manager of Wallace.
In total, he has 24 years of experience in local government.
He told the Times-News on Monday that he has been a member of the ICMA for 25 years. Its voluntary credentialing program, he said, requires eligible ICMA members to take an applied-knowledge assessment.
“Based on the results of the assessment, each manager must submit an annual report that details your completed professional-development activities throughout the year,” he added.
Emory, who is a 1987 graduate of Appalachian State University, has served as president of the ASU Local Government Alumni Association for two consecutive years and has also been a board member of the North Carolina City and County Management Association.
The ICMA provides support to more than 9,000 city, town and county experts and other individuals throughout the world.
Emory said he believes going through the program shows his dedication to both Lincolnton and his position in the city.
“To me, becoming a credentialed manager by the premier local-government leadership and management organization in the world demonstrates my commitment to the staff, governing body and citizens of Lincolnton of the importance of continued learning and professional development as I continue my career in local government,” Emory said.