Reflections from Kansas Certified Public Manager Graduate: Jeff Mooradian


Lt. Mooradian delivers CPM graduation speech

Comments Delivered by Lieutenant Jeff Mooradian, Patrol Bureau Commander/SORT Team Leader, Dodge City Police Department
On November 20, 2015

Good morning family, friends, instructors, and CPM class of 2015. My name is Lieutenant Jeff Mooradian, Patrol Commander for the Dodge City Police Department, and it is my honor to represent the Southwest Kansas CPM class.

CPM class has taught us many things. Over the course of a year we have learned about public service, budget and collaboration, creativity and innovation in the workplace, diversity and building relationships, along with many other interesting topics, but most of all it has taught us about leadership and has helped develop each and every one of us into better leaders, not only in our workplace but also in our communities.

So, I thought to myself, what does a leader mean to me?
For me, a leader is a person of integrity and trust, one who leads by example and is not afraid to get their hands dirty. One of my favorite quotes describes a true leader as “a person you would follow into a place you would never go into alone.” This class has helped us become individuals others would trust to follow.

The CPM class has also given me the opportunity to meet some great people, and I will miss my fellow classmates. We’ve shared many laughs and stories over many great lunch dates.

Overall, CPM has been a great experience. Thank you to my fellow classmates, and a special thank you to Terri and all of our instructors.

In closing, I’d like to say that CPM has shown us the difference between being a “boss” in the workplace and being a “leader” and has taught us the importance of that difference, which is summed up in this quote from H. Gordon Selfridge:

“A boss drives employees
But a leader coaches them.

A boss depends on authority
A leader depends on good will

A boss inspires fear
A leader generates enthusiasm

A boss says, ‘I’ and ‘Me’
A leader says, ‘Us’ and ‘We’

A boss tells you to ‘Go’
But a true leader says, ‘Follow me'”

Today, we are all proud to graduate CPM as leaders.


Want to be a part of the 2016 CPM program? Find out more here: CPM 2016. The registration deadline is Friday, December 18, with an early bird registration deadline of Tuesday, December 1.