County official gains credential in management
KINGMAN - Deputy Mohave County Manager Dana Hlavac of Criminal Justice Services has received the credentialed manager designation from the International City/County Management Association.
Hlavac is now one of more than 1,200 local government management professionals credentialed through the ICMA Voluntary Credentialing Program.
In July, the ICMA Executive Board approved his recommendation from the Credentialing Advisory Board.
"I joined ICMA in 2009," Hlavac said. "When I applied for credentialing, I had to submit my background information, descriptions of my accomplishments, my training and education. I had to go through an evaluation of my strengths and professional management experience.
"They consider that information to determine whether one meets the high standards of a credentialed professional manager."
Credentialing is "an indication of the education and experience of the professional manager," he said. "It demonstrates that the commitment to high standards of integrity and the pursuit of ongoing professional development have meaning and bring added value to the communities we serve."
As deputy county manager of Criminal Justice Services, Hlavac has "direct responsibility for the administrative operations and management of five indigent defense offices," he said.
"They are the Legal Defender's Office, Public Defender's Office, Appellate Defender's Office, the Office of Juvenile Representation and a contract office.
"The contract office is there for when cases cannot be handled by internal defense attorneys. Those cases have to be sent out to contract counselors."
"ICMA is an extremely valuable organization for several reasons," he said. "In-person networking at training events, seminars and conferences comes in handy.
"I get to meet people who have faced some of the issues our organization is also facing. These managers may be from smaller, larger or almost identical size agencies as Mohave County.
"They may have done things that have worked and some things that have failed. Either way, I can learn from them. I can run ideas by them for their expertise."
The ICMA Credentialed Manager designation furthers Hlavac's ability to add to his education and achieve his goals.
"Out of 9,000 members, there are just over 1,200 people who have received credentialed status," he said.