FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, May 11, 2020

Graduates Demonstrate High Level of Commitment to Public Service, Personal Integrity, and Results-Driven Management

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) and the City of Atlantic City today announced that the first class of supervisor-level city employees graduated from the State of New Jersey Certified Public Manager® Program. City supervisors in departments such as City Clerk, City Solicitor, Information Technology, Licensing and Inspection, Municipal Court, Planning and Development, Public Safety, and Public Works voluntarily completed the yearlong course in an effort to strengthen their work performance and better serve the public.


City supervisors’ participation in the Certified Public Manager (CPM) Program was a direct result of the Atlantic City Transition Report, which was issued in September 2018 and provides a framework for returning Atlantic City to local control. The Transition Report recommended the State and City support enrolling city supervisors in a training program specifically designed for municipal managers in order to build the capacity of city government. 

“I commend the program graduates for their dedication to public service in Atlantic City and their commitment to getting the coursework done while continuing their fulltime jobs. They have demonstrated true leadership and have already begun applying their training to their work in the city,” said Lt. Governor Sheila Y. Oliver, who serves as DCA Commissioner. “The impressive skills they learned in problem solving, decision making, strategic thinking, and communication are helping to improve how city government functions and meets the needs of the people it serves.”   

“These graduates are truly among city government’s best and brightest and I am so proud of the work they are doing to strengthen good government in Atlantic City,” said Mayor Marty Small Sr. “The investments the City and State are making in our personnel are paying tremendous dividends in improving the city’s professionalism and ability to tackle challenges. They are also in line with my vision of expanded training opportunities that will allow upward mobility of our city workers. I look forward to more of our staff participating in the program in the future.” 

Plans are underway to enroll a second class of supervisor-level city employees in the nationally accredited CPM program, which is administered by the New Jersey Civil Service Commission and delivered by Rutgers University-Newark’s School of Public Affairs and Administration. 

The graduates attended public management courses one day a week for approximately a year with a two-month break in July and August factored in for the city’s peak tourism season. The courses included case studies, presentations, papers, self-assessments and a review of current literature that directly related to workplace issues. In addition to going to classes and working on their assignments, the graduates also completed a work-related capstone project aimed at benefitting the department they help to lead. The graduates worked on their capstone projects throughout the program all while applying concepts and skills they learned from their courses. 

Here is the list of city employees who graduated from the CPM Program and the department in which they serve:


Employee Name

City Department

Ahmid Abdullah

Public Works

Anthony Cox

Licensing and Inspections

Scott Evans

Fire, Office of Emergency Management

Elwood Faunce III

Fire, Office of Emergency Management

Paula Geletei

City Clerk’s Office

Gina Holmes

Municipal Court

Kacey Johnson

Revenue and Finance

Yolanda Laney

Solicitor’s Office

Edward Leon

Police, Office of Emergency Management

Steven Lilley

City Engineer’s Office

Bridget Pierce


Patrick Quinlan

Information Technology Division

James Sarkos


Marc Starling

Planning and Development

Anthony Swan

Business Administrator


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