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 Tuesday, Sept. 16, the 259th day of 2014. There are 106 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business. 1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments. 1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace. 1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually. 1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area. 1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.