FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Pete Winton, Lee County Administration
STILWELL EARNS “CREDENTIALED MANAGER” CERTIFICATION
MYERS, Fla. (July 30, 2002) – Lee
County Manager Don Stilwell has been awarded the “Credentialed Manager”
professional certification from the International City/County Management
Credentialing recognizes individual ICMA members
who are professional local government managers and have qualified for the
certification through a combination of education and experience, adherence to
high standards of integrity, and an assessed commitment to lifelong learning and
Candidates must have at least seven years
experience as a local government executive and commit to a professional
development plan of at least 40 hours annually of continuing education. The credential – awarded by ICMA’s Executive Board – is
issued for 10 years.
The International City/County Management
Association is the professional and educational organization representing
appointed managers and administrators in local governments throughout the world.
It has 3,003 local government members.
Stilwell has been in city/county management for
25 years. This July, he celebrated
his ninth year as Lee County Manager. Other
city/county management positions he has held include County Administrator
positions in Washington County, Oregon (3 years), San Luis Obispo County,
California (6 years), Del Norte County, California (4 years), City Manager of
Woodburn, Oregon (2 years), and Assistant Director of Finance and Administration
for the City of Springfield, Oregon (2 years).
In 2001, Stilwell was the only county manager
appointed to the National Association of Counties’ Homeland Security Task
Force. He also serves on the
Florida Local Government Finance Commission and sits as an ex-officio member of
the Florida Association of Counties’ (FAC) Board of Directors.
He is a native of Oregon and has a bachelor’s
degree in law from the University of Oregon and a master’s in public
administration from Lewis & Clark College in Portland.