Martin Chaney becomes first ITD employee
to complete state Certified Public Manager program
graduation ceremony in December formally concluded nearly four years
of specialized training for Martin Chaney, making him the first –
and thus far – only ITD employee to become a Certified Public
Chaney was taking optional classes in management from Boise State University
when he learned that Idaho ITD would begin offering the CPM program
for state employees. It was the announcement he had been waiting for.
The day after learning that ITD would participate in the nationally
recognized program, Chaney began the application process through ITD’s
Human Resource Services office. His application gained approval from
the Division of Administration administrator and he entered the program
The Idaho CPM program is part of a nationally accredited training and
development program for public sector managers and supervisors.
is a comprehensive course of study through which managers can acquire
and apply the best practices and theory to their management behaviors
and strategies, according to the state’s CPM
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“I was already in a position of being a supervisor, and I wanted
to become a better supervisor,” Chaney said. “I also wanted
to be considered for a middle management position. That’s where
my sights have been.”
Chaney is a Systems Integration Specialist for ITD’s Enterprise
Technology Services (formerly Corporate Information Technology). He
provides technical support for Administrative Services.
As part of a CPM culminating project, Chaney developed a process flow
chart and communications process for information technology. He and
his IT colleagues worked on the project nearly seven months, and it
now has become part of the project planning process.
The final project was a major requirement for graduation from the CPM
program. Chaney also was required to pass a rigorous four-hour open-book
exam, answer three in-depth essay questions and give an oral presentation
of his final project. All but two of the 25 state employees who went
through as a cadre with Chaney graduated in December. The ceremony was
at the Idaho State Tax Commission/Washington Group International building
He was the second ITD employee to enroll in the CPM program and the
first to graduate. Debbie Woolery also entered about the same time but
transferred to the Department of Health and Welfare before earning her
“My managers were very supportive and enthusiastic about the additional
training,” Chaney said. Recognizing the benefits of providing
formal supervisory leadership/management training, the department paid
all of the costs – about $425 for each of the five levels.
Generally, one or two daylong CPM courses were offered each month –
except in July and August. Professionals from outside of state government
provided instruction. The program requires 250 hours of instruction
and 50 hours devoted to special projects.
Chaney said class sessions include a lot of collaboration, role-playing,
simulations and group discussions.
Recent reorganization within Enterprise Technology Services may provide
him opportunity for professional advancement and a chance to put his
training into practice.
Chaney encourages any ITD employees with supervisory and management
duties to consider the Certified Public Manager program. It is an excellent
way to acquire additional training in leadership, operations management
and staff management.