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James Poltrock, the division chief of emergency medical services for the Kenosha Fire Department, recently graduated from the certified public manager program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Poltrock, 52, was one of 12 students in the program in 2019, and is one of only 750 graduates of the CPM program, which started in Wisconsin in 1990.

The Wisconsin Certified Public Manager Program is a 300 hour, nationally accredited program that prepares government, nonprofit and tribal leaders for the unique challenges and demands of public management.

“Learning, problem-solving and networking with leaders from around the state changed my perspective and pushed me out of the silo mentality I have been working in for almost 25 years. The program was very rewarding, and it was great to go back to school to stay sharp.” Poltrock said.

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