February 03, 2014 MILTON, Ga. – Milton City Manager Chris Lagerbloom recently received the credentialed manager designation from ICMA, the International City/County Management Association.
Lagerbloom is one of just 1,300 local government management professionals credentialed through the ICMA Voluntary Credentialing Program.
"There are just a handful of city managers in Georgia who have earned this important designation, and we're proud one of them is our city manager," said Mayor Joe Lockwood. "Every day, Chris brings a level of expertise and commitment to the city of Milton that is simply unparalleled."
Lagerbloom has served as Milton city manager since his permanent appointment on Feb. 2, 2009. Previously, he held the positions of director of public safety and interim city manager. Lagerbloom came to the city of Milton on Nov. 26, 2006.
During his time with the city, Lagerbloom has overseen a Milton that has been awarded "Best Quality of Life" in the state of Georgia, among numerous other honors for excellence in financial reporting and budgeting, community development and communications.
Additionally, he was the driving force behind Milton bringing more services in house in a hybrid public-private partnership that became the model for Milton's sister cities looking for ways to cut costs and increase services. Because of the move, Milton was able to realize more than $2 million in savings over two years, and it continues to operate with an enviable fund balance.
To receive the prestigious ICMA credential, an applicant 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.
ICMA's mission is to create excellence in local governance by promoting professional management worldwide and 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 nearly 9,000 members in 27 countries also include educators, students and other local government employees.