The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) recognized the City of Sparks for superior performance management efforts with a Certificate of Distinction from the ICMA Center for Performance Measurement™ (CPM). Sparks is among only 15 jurisdictions receiving the honor this year.
“The City team at all levels has focused on improving service results for the benefit of our residents and tax payers in Sparks,” said Sparks City Manager Shaun D. Carey. “This recognition is a milestone and I appreciate their hard work, particularly Assistant City Manager Steve Driscoll who has led this successful effort,” said Sparks City Manger Shaun D. Carey.
“The City of Sparks Management Team applies the principles of performance management with dedication and a focus on receiving results,” said Assistant City Manager Stephen W. Driscoll. “In gaining this recognition, our department managers have demonstrated leadership in continuous improvement and community engagement, and serve as examples for other local governments to follow,” he said.
The certificate program assesses a local government’s performance management program and encourages analysis of results by comparing to peers and gauging performance over time.
Performance management aids in cost reduction, program prioritization and quality improvement. It also encourages accountability and transparency.
Criteria for the Certificate of Distinction include:
• Reporting of performance data to the public through budgets, newsletters and/or information provided to elected officials
• Data verification efforts to ensure reliability
• Staff training on performance measurements
• Use of performance data in strategic planning and operational decision-making
• Sharing of performance measurement knowledge with other local governments through presentations, site visits and other networking.
ICMA (International City/County Management Association) advances professional local governments worldwide. ICMA provides member support; publications, data, and information; peer and results-oriented assistance; and training and professional development to nearly 9,000 city, town and county experts throughout the world.