NEWBERRY — Assistant City Manager Matt DeWitt recently took on a new role as a member of the Palmetto Professional Managers Task Force.
The first meeting of the group was held Jan. 16 through Jan. 18 as a part of the S.C. City County Management Association’s Winter meetings in Aiken.
The purpose of the task force is to help develop and manage a successful certification program for managers in South Carolina. During their first meeting this month, DeWitt received more information on the purpose of the force, his role as a member of the group, as well as the board’s strategic plan for 2014.
“The task force is very focused on developing and implementing a certification program aimed at further development of Professional Managers across the State,” DeWitt said.
The Palmetto Professional Management Certification Program Task Force is comprised of at least five members of the SCCCMA (South Carolina City and County Manager’s Association), one representative from both SCAC (South Carolina Association of Counties) and MASC (Municipal Association of South Carolina), and IPSPR (Institute for Public Service and Policy Research) staff. The primary purpose of the task force will be to provide ongoing feedback and guidance for the development and administration of the certification program.
DeWitt said other responsibilities include planning and providing feedback on initial curriculum development, which includes speaker selection and course content. Members will also establish scholarship opportunities, discounted membership and conference rates, and other incentives that are offered to program participants.
Other responsibilities include developing a program for recognition for graduates, and helping evaluate and select participants through an application review process.
DeWitt has a Master’s Certification in Public Administration from Clemson University, and is a graduate of the SC Local Government Management Training Program. He is also a graduate of the South Carolina Economic Development Instititue and of the Grant Writing USA Grant Program. He obtained his master of science in Administration from Troy State University and a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management from Newberry College. DeWitt will begin the process of finishing his MPA degree through Clemson University in May 2014.
“I am very honored to serve SCCCMA by representing the City of Newberry and Professional Managers from across the state on this task force,” DeWitt said.
Elyssa Parnell can be reached at 803-276-0625, ext. 108.