Eggleston honored with special designation
South Fayette Township manager Ryan Eggleston recently received the Credentialed Manager designation from the International City/County Management Association.
Eggleston is one of only 45 credentialed managers in Pennsylvania, and only one of a dozen located in the western part of the state.
“It’s something I’m excited about,” Eggleston said. “I’ve always been pretty active in trying to stay up on training opportunities that will enhance the best practices. I’ve always been a believer in the idea of knowledge sharing. I’m definitely lucky to have a lot of like-minded managers around where that’s a comfortable conversation to have. It’s being able to have an ability to pick someone’s brain or learn something from one of our neighbors that might have already dealt with something that we as a township have to deal with in the future.”
To receive the credential, a member must have significant experience as a senior management executive in local government, earned a college degree, preferably in public administration or a related field and have demonstrated a commitment to lifelong learning and professional development.
Holding this title with ICMA will allow Eggleston to further the continued focus on educating, networking and improving the practices put in place by the township.
Eggleston used experiences of serving as the manager of Oil City and Greenville to apply the same concepts of looking at the past, present and future.
“It’s been an interesting ride and I’m so very thankful that Greenville took a chance on a kid that was 25 years old,” Eggleston said. “When I came into that role it was a community that was trying to hold its head above water. It was the same with Oil City. However, they experienced that same heyday we are experiencing now in South Fayette. That experience helps me to shape conversations to make sure we are saving for the rainy day. Are we making decisions that will provide us with flexibility 30 or 40 years down the road when somebody else is sitting in this seat? We want to make sure we’ve done our best to minimize the challenges for the next wave of leaders.”
Eggleston began working as South Fayette’s municipal manager in 2012.