Demorest City Manager earns Certificate of Excellence

Demorest City Manager Mark Musselwhite received the GMA's Certificate of Excellence during GMA's Annual Cities United Summit in Atlanta on January 28. (Jerry Neace/

Demorest City Manager Mark Musselwhite has received the Harold F. Holtz Municipal Training Institute Certificate of Excellence. The award was received by Musselwhite during the Georgia Municipal Association’s (GMA) Annual Cities United Summit in Atlanta on January 28, according to a press release from GMA.

The training program is a cooperative effort between the GMA and the University of Georgia. The program consists of more than 70 courses and is designed to provide city officials with the skills and knowledge needed to improve the lives of their citizens.

To receive the award, Musselwhite had to complete at least 42 units of credit, which consists of at least 18 hours of training.

“This is a remarkable achievement,” said GMA CEO and Executive Director Larry Hanson. “We commend Mark Musselwhite for this accomplishment and for the dedication shown in this valuable resource to become a more effective city official.”

UGA’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government Director Rob Gordon stated, “We are proud of our partnership with GMA to provide high-quality, relevant training to Georgia’s more than 3,500 municipal officials.”

Musselwhite described the instruction he received in gaining the certificate, “The type of classes and the quality of the instructors is impeccable. The information that is being taught gives me a wealth of information to bring back to the city and share with the employees, citizens of Demorest, and Mayor & Council. I look forward to taking the next round of classes.”

He added, “I have a grand total of 142 hours and my next recognition is at 204 hours, so I still have a lot of classes to take and I am ready for the task at hand”.

Musselwhite is currently taking course work to receive UGA’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government’s Certified Public Manager’s certificate. He is on track to complete that program early this summer.

This article was written using assistive AI technology.

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