MOLINE -- Doug House, Moline's municipal services general manager, is the first in the nation to earn the credentials of Public Works Manager from the American Public Works Association's Donald C. Stone Center for Continuing Education.
Mr. House worked for 20 months to the earn the designation, which included a project in emergency management practices.
As part of the project, Mr. House recommended methods and systems to include elected officials and public works employees across government agencies to provide a better response to emergency situations and disasters.
His study, including his findings and recommendations, will be available as a resource for other public works leaders.
Mr. House also is a second-year student at the Illinois Public Service Institute and completed more than 100 hours of instruction to graduate from the Iowa State University Public Employees Leadership Institute.
Mr. House has worked for Moline since 1998 and in his current position since 2001. He also has been Blackhawk Township Road Commissioner since 1984.
He is president-elect of the Illinois Chapter of APWA, was elected to the National Governmental Affairs Committee each year from 2010 to 2012, and is serving his 5th year on the state chapter Educational Conference Committee.
Today is Sunday, March 9, the 68th day of 2014. There are 297 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Much damage is being done to sidewalks, shade trees, fences and gardens by hogs that are running at large about town. 1889 -- 125 years ago: H.C. Cleveland was elected air knight captain of Rock Island Division Uniform Rank Knights of Pythias. 1914 -- 100 years ago: B.W. Wilson, authority on birds and their habits, spoke at the weekly luncheon at the Rock Island Club. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The famous Dionne quintuplets have been invited to visit King George and Queen Elizabeth in Toronto on May 22, but Papa Dionne thinks their majesties should include the Callander nursery in their tour. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Ever been smothered by funny stuff? Well more than 2,600 people were last night when two boys named Tom and Dick Smothers took a "rocky, twisting road to folk music" in Davenport Masonic Temple. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Moline residents soon may be asked to recycle part of their garbage and might even get paid for it.