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North Carolina managers credentialed by International Local Government Management Association

Cary Assistant Town Manager Louis T. Bailey, Tryon Town Manager Joey Davis, and Fuquay-Varina Manager Adam G. Mitchell recently received the Credentialed Manager designation from ICMA, the International City/ County Management Association. They are a few of more than 1,300 local government management professionals currently credentialed through the ICMA Voluntary Credentialing Program.

ICMA’s mission is to create excellence in local governance by promoting professional management worldwide and increasing the proficiency of appointed chief administrative officers, assistant administrators, and other employees who serve local governments and regional entities around the world. The organization’s nearly 9,000 members in 27 countries also include educators, students, and other local government employees.

To receive the prestigious ICMA credential, a member must have significant experience as a senior management executive in local government; have earned a degree, preferably in public administration or a related field; and demonstrated a commitment to high standards of integrity and to lifelong learning and professional development.

For more information regarding the ICMA Voluntary Credentialing Program, contact Jenese Jackson at ICMA, 777 North Capitol Street, N.E., #500, Washington, D.C. 20002-4201;; 202-962-3556.

Town of Matthews Fire and EMS Departments receive grant

The Town of Matthews Fire and EMS Departments have received individual grants from the North Carolina Firefighters’ Burned Children Fund and North Carolina State Fire Marshal to expand and improve fire safety and education for the citizens of Matthews.

The $750 grant from the North Carolina Firefighters’ Burned Children Fund will go toward presenting a program later this year, much like the Citizens’ Academy sponsored by the Matthews Police Department. Participants will have a better understanding of how emergencies in Matthews and Mecklenburg County are abated, and will get a glance of daily operations within the department.

The Town will also benefit through a smoke alarm grant from the North Carolina State Fire Marshal, participating with the Mecklenburg County Fire Marshal’s Office to install new smoke detectors free of charge to residents requesting one. The resident’s home will be required to be surveyed when the detector is installed.

To find out more about these programs, please contact Lieutenant Chris Mollema at (704) 708-1201 or

Kannapolis K9s awarded bulletproof vests

The Kannapolis Police Department’s K9s Vader and Diesel were awarded ballistic vests thanks to a non-profit organization, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., and John and Torry Revels, who provided $1950 for the vests. The vests will be embroidered with the sentiment "Vest donated by KFD Cpt. Revels and his wife."

Vader, a Belgian Malinois has been with the Kannapolis Police Department since 2007 and is assigned to Officer Christopher Hamilton. Diesel, a German Shepherd has been with the Kannapolis Police Department since 2011 and is assigned to Officer William Frazier.

Kannapolis Police Department’s Canine Unit is made up of four canines and their handlers. Each canine team must attend a six-week training course and pass a certification before working in a patrol function. The canines are trained in multiple areas including, tracking, evidence and article searches; building searches; area searches; controlled substances searches; crowd control; and the apprehension of fleeing suspects. Each canine officer is assigned to a patrol squad and performs normal patrol responsibilities as well.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA, whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. Each vest costs $950 and has a five-year warranty. The nonprofit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially life saving body armor for their four legged K9 officers. Through private and corporate sponsorships, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided more than 1,292 law enforcement dogs in 40 states with protective vests since 2009 at a cost of more than $1.2 million.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. announces their 7-inch plush stuffed German Shepherd K9 Hero, Cesar, and company ambassador of Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. now for sale online for $15 at Proceeds from the sales will provide bullet and stab protective vests, for police dogs actively working without the potentially lifesaving equipment.

The organization orders the U.S. made vests exclusively from distributor Regency Police Supply in Hyannis, MA, which also does the custom embroidery on the body armor. Vests are manufactured by Armor Express in Central Lake, MI.

New K9 graduates as well as K9s with expired vests are eligible to participate. The program is open to law enforcement dogs who are US employed, certified and at least 19 months of age.