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 Saturday, Dec. 7, the 341st day of 2013. There are 24 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: Some excitement was created in our corn market today by two new buyers who ran the price up to 62 cents per bushel. 1888 -- 125 years ago: H.C. Connelly sold the Johnson property at the corner of 2nd Ave. and 15th St. to A.C. Schafer for $1,800. 1913 -- 100 years ago: O.W. Billings and George P. Herzog have opened a new ready-to-wear shop at 1611-13 2nd Ave. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Farmers in this section of Illinois are preparing to seal part of their 1938 corn crop and receive government loans on it up to 57 cents per bushel, depending on the quality and storage conditions. 1963 -- 50 years ago: Dohrn Transfer Co. is displaying its new general headquarters for its nine-state operations at 4016 9th St., Rock Island, today to its employees and tomorrow to its customers. 1988 -- 25 years ago: In 30 minutes under a Tuesday afternoon sun at the Kmart store in Moline, millionaire columnist Percy Ross raised $1,400 for the Salvation Army.