Jerene Watson, Oro Valley's interim town manager, has received the "Credentialed Manager" designation from the International City/County Manager Association, a local government leadership and management organization.

Watson joins a group of 1,200 local government management professionals currently credentialed worldwide through the ICMA Voluntary Credentialing Program. She is one of 28 in the state of Arizona.

Marana Town Manager Gilbert Davidson, similarly accredited, congratulated Watson before the town council at the July 7 town council meeting.

"It was a big surprise," Watson told The Explorer.

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

Watson has worked in the public sector for nearly 25 years. Before joining Oro Valley, she was responsible for several key management and operational functions with the City of Goodyear.

She also worked in the City of Phoenix as chief of staff to a council member, a mayoral aide and staff member in the intergovernmental affairs division of the city manager's office.

She also worked for the Omaha City Council in Nebraska, and was a professional staff member in the U.S. Senate's Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.

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