Originally Posted Online: Sept. 03, 2013, 10:12 pm
Last Updated: Sept. 04, 2013, 12:33 am

Moline employee first in nation to earn public works manager credentials

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By Dawn Neuses, dneuses@qconline.com

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.