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Winter Haven Deputy City Manager T.  Michael Stavres Credentialed by International Local Government Management Organization

Posted August 20th, 2021

Michael Stavres, Winter Haven Deputy City Manager recently received the Credentialed Manager designation from ICMA, the International City/County Management Association. Internationally, there are only around 1,300 local government management professionals currently credentialed through the ICMA Voluntary Credentialing Program; Deputy City Manager Stavres is the only manager/deputy manager in Polk County with the ICMA-CM credential.

To receive the prestigious ICMA credential, a member 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.

Michael Stavres is qualified by more than 25 years of professional local government executive experience, with 20 of those years with the City of Winter Haven where he began as the Director of Leisure Services (what is now known as Parks, Recreation & Culture).

Highlights of Deputy City Manager Stavres’s ICMA membership and professional career include serving in local government roles for the cities of Winter Haven, Lakeland, Temple Terrace, St. Petersburg, and Orange County, and working in various volunteer capacities with the Florida Association of City/County Management; Florida Recreation & Park Association; and Florida League of Cities.

Deputy City Manager Stavres has also made significant contributions to a number of other organizations, including Polk State College, Public Education Partnership of Winter Haven, Cypress Junction Montessori Charter School, All Saints Academy, and Girls Inc.

ICMA’s mission is to advance professional local government through leadership, management, innovation, and ethics and by 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 13,000 members in 27 countries also include educators, students, and other local government employees.

For more information regarding the ICMA Voluntary Credentialing Program, contact Jenese Jackson at ICMA, 777 North Capitol Street, N.E., #500, Washington, D.C. 20002-4201;; 202-962-3556.