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Muncipal Public Information Contest- "We want to see all your stuff"


Initiatives to increase the public’s awareness of government operations, strengthen community ties and provide useful information and services to citizens deserve to be highlighted. The purpose of this contest is to promote the use of successful and innovative techniques that increase government’s ability to meet citizen needs and improve access to government services.

The contest sponsors hope this will create interest and provide incentive for municipalities to develop or enhance their public information programs in order to be able to offer more innovative, responsive and personalized services to citizens.

Judging Categories

Entries will be evaluated, according to class (see below), on the clarity, quality and completeness of the information provided. Plaques will be awarded for first place entries in the following categories:

  • Class A: Under 5,000 (approximately 190 municipalities)
  • Class B: 5,000-20,000 (250 municipalities)
  • Class C: Over 20,000 (130 municipalities


Best In class

Total public information program.

Best Print Media

Examples include annual reports, newsletters and special bulletins.

Best digital Media

Examples include applications that provide service or information to citizens, such as licensing, tax collections, permits, emergency preparedness, public health, disaster resources, business and home safety and environmental services. Official municipal pages on social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+ or Instagram, cable television programs, community bulletin boards, and special announcements. Video must be accessible online, such as through the municipal website or YouTube.

Best Special/Innovative Media

Examples include access to information by people with disabilities or who use English as a second language, interactive telecommunications systems, or electronic libraries.


Standards of Judging

Eligible entries will be judged on the basis of the following four categories. Each area will be evaluated equally.

  • Content – Is the information comprehensive?
  • Clarity – Is the entry clear and well presented?
  • Adaptability – Does the entry lend itself to further use and adoption by other municipalities?
  • Appearance – Is the entry user-friendly?


A municipality may only submit one entry packet per annual contest. The entry materials must have been produced between September 1, 2017 and August 31, 2018.


Entry Packet

The entry packet must consist of six (6) identical and collated sets of materials to facilitate judging. Individual sets should include a copy of the completed entry form and each media technique submitted for consideration. (Please do not send photocopies of media.) Entries that fail to meet these requirements will be automatically disqualified.

Typical entries include:

  • Newsletter series
  • Websites, social media pages, e-newsletters, e-bulletins (please submit the web address and printed copies of the home page only; printed color copies, if available, are acceptable)
  • Brochures, annual reports
  • Cable/local access programs, community bulletin boards
  • Special/innovative programs


How to Enter

Send an entry packet including entry form to:

Municipal Public Information Contest
Rutgers Center for Government Services
303 George Street, Suite 604
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-2020


Entry Deadline

All entries must be received by Friday, September 14, 2018.



Contest winners will be informed in late October and awards will be presented at the 103rd Annual New Jersey State League of Municipalities Conference in Atlantic City. NJLM will notify local media. The information will also be posted in the "Downloads" box on this webpage. Award plaques will be shipped to contest winners who cannot attend the conference.

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Contact Information

Thomas Kenny
Program Coordinator II
732-932-3640, ext. 636

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A cooperative effort between Rutgers Center for Government Services and the School Transportation Supervisors of New Jersey, the New Jersey Transportation Supervisors Certification Program is designed to meet the professional and educational needs of school district transportation supervisors, bus contractors, and those interested in enhancing their knowledge in these areas.

Course Descriptions


Management and Supervisory Skills 

27 hours
This course covers the roles, responsibilities, and relationships of a manager with staff, other departments, and administrators. The course explores topics and skills that are necessary to oversee the school transportation function in areas such as management, human resources, and communication. Topics include strategic planning; hiring, evaluating, and disciplining employees; identifying and forming a leadership style; motivating staff; building team relationships; and building internal and external communication networks.

Transporting Students with Disabilities 

21 hours
Transporting students with disabilities requires special knowledge and skills. Course topics include related laws and regulations, understanding the Individual Education Program (IEP), identifying roles and responsibilities within the transportation department, preparing for and responding to emergencies, safe loading and unloading practices using adaptive equipment, and strategies for effective communication and behavioral management.

Codes, Statutes and Regulations

9 hours

This course discusses the regulatory codes, statutes, and rules that govern the school transportation department's operations. Instructors explore the various rules and regulations, how they are developed, and how they impact the daily functions of the department.

Employee Training and Safety Education

21 hours

This course discusses the development of effective school bus driver and student training programs. School bus driver training topics include general vehicle training, drug and alcohol testing, blood borne pathogens, accident reporting, defensive driving, and more. Additional course topics include selecting appropriate methods for developing and delivering effective school bus driver and student training.

Emergency Management 

12 hours

Course attendees will learn the steps involved in developing an emergency plan for their department. The course explains emergency management on all levels, including district, municipal, and state responsibilities. Additional topics include the types of emergencies, communication, and accident procedures.

Financial Operations 

18 hours

This course covers the financial components related to school transportation. Topics include accounting and budget, payroll, state aid, bidding, and contracting for transportation services.

Fleet Management

12 hours

This course discusses the various components of overseeing the Transportation Maintenance Department. Topics include preparing for NJ Motor Vehicle inspection, garage safety, PEOSHA regulations, and types of equipment used for special needs transportation.

Routing and Scheduling

18 hours

Students will learn the aspects of safely developing bus routes and criteria for establishing bus stops. Other topics include bus routing, routing techniques, types of routes, route analysis, creative scheduling, and system efficiency.

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Priscilla Hamilton
Program Assistant
732-932-3640, ext. 646

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March 28 - 29, 2018
Bally's, Atlantic City



Public Works Manager Program


This series of courses is designed to train municipal and county public works personnel in the responsibility of supervising public works operations. The curriculum emphasizes pragmatic technical management and political skills necessary for professional success. The program focuses on New Jersey's governmental practices that contribute to improved work performance of department administrators.

The nine included courses — in the areas of management, technical, and government — and other criteria are required for the state designation of Certified Public Works Manager. 

The three-course management unit addresses the human relations and personnel development needs of public works management. The intent of this segment is to acquire a better understanding of management, strengthen managerial and personnel skills, and to promote a professional public works image to the public.

The three-course technical unit examines the daily operation of a public works department. Public works departmental functions are reviewed to establish a standard of practice for use as a data base that reflects departmental productivity. The technical presentations are compared to the municipal planning and development process.

Public works departments operate within the context of local government. In the three-course government unit, the processes of state and local government are examined from a historical perspective. Practices are then reviewed in relation to state regulations.

Program Requirements

All participants in the Certified Public Works Manager Program must be high school graduates or hold a high school equivalency certificate. It is highly recommended that individuals entering the program have a minimum of three years of experience in supervision.

Prerequisite Information

All students entering the program must first successfully complete the three Section A (Management) courses before taking the three Section B (Technical) courses the next semester. Section B courses must be completed before taking any courses in Section C (Government). The Review Course is optional. 

State Exam Requirements

All nine courses are required before taking the New Jersey State CPWM exam. This state licensing exam is administered by the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) in April and October of each year. The DCA application form is available at, or applicants can call 609-292-9757. Completed applications must be received at DCA one month before the exam date.

All applicants must:

  1. Be a high school graduate or hold a high school equivalency certificate
  2. Complete all nine public works manager courses offered by CGS
  3. Have five years of supervisory experience as a public or private sector public works manager within the last 10 years
  4. Be a minimum of 21 years of age
  5. Be a United States citizen
  6. Be a person of good moral character

For complete certification requirements for Certified Public Works Manager, see PL 1991 c.258.

Course Descriptions


Management Tasks, Responsibilities, and Practices 

30 hours
This introductory management seminar examines the role of a public works manager. The seminar is based on systematic approaches to individual, group, and organizational performance relative to planning, leadership, personnel performance, and decision-making skills development.

Managing and Developing Human Resources 

24 hours
Prerequisite: Management, Tasks, Responsibilities, and Practices
Public works environments affect human resource management because low pay, poor working conditions, and low social status inhibit worker performance. Human resources are vital to the quality of public works operation, yet little time or money is spent in this regard. Personnel work problems, effective supervision, labor relations, safety in the workplace, career development, and human resource planning are presented in this course.

Public Relations Seminar in Public Works

18 hours
Prerequisite: Managing and Developing Human Resources
The public works profession requires managers to act as public relations representatives. An awareness of public relations roles, and effective means of implementing public relations programs are addressed in this seminar.

Operations Resource Management 

42 hours
Public works performance is directly affected by the resources available to management. In this course, operational procedures are discussed relative to increasing efficiency through effective planning, evaluation of performance objectives, and inventory development. The technology of public works operations will be addressed in the areas of road maintenance, snow removal, leaves/recycling, parks, buildings and grounds maintenance, sewers, water, and fleet maintenance.

Management Accountability (formerly Information Systems)

6 hours
Public works departments must maintain accountability within their operations and community. Topics include monitoring and recording daily work activities, establishing performance standards, and reviewing important formulas and calculations to document performance.

Municipal Planning and Urban Development 

12 hours
The Municipal Land Use Law (N.J.S.A. 40:44d-1 et seq.) is reviewed in this course as part of the municipal planning process. Subdivisions, site plans, development ordinances, and municipal master plans are discussed as applicable to the public works function.

Local Government in New Jersey 

12 hours
Public works managers function within the structure of both state and local government. This program describes the historical development of counties, municipalities, school districts, and special districts in New Jersey. Attention is devoted to local governmental functions, the realities of working in a political environment, and the relationships within a two-party system.

Municipal Budget Process

12 hours
This course focuses on public works finance. A large portion of the municipal budget is devoted to public works. Municipal finance relates to the municipal budget process as well as the public works budgetary system. Participants gain a better understanding of the entire municipal budget process through this program.

Public Works Purchasing

12 hours
Public works purchasing involves large sums of taxpayers' dollars. Therefore, purchasing practices must be effective within the public works department. Standardized procedures can promote effective communications between public works and purchasing departments. In this course, the public works purchasing function is reviewed relative to public contract laws, cooperative purchasing procedures, change order regulations, and the certification of funds.

Continuing Education

The Center for Government Services co-sponsors an annual Public Works Continuing Education Conference with the Public Works Association of New Jersey. Sessions are reviewed by the Department of Community Affairs for CPWM credits, the New Jersey Water Environmental Association for TCH credits, and the New Jersey Recycling Certification Advisory Committee for CRP credits.


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Louis Demian
Program Assistant
732-932-3640, ext. 644
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Sponsored by the New Jersey PTOA and the Center for Government Services, a new 25 hour course has been offered every semester since 2014. Practical Traffic Engineering for Police Officers replaces the Basic and Advanced courses with new information and instruction. 

The Police Traffic Officer in New Jersey has diversified duties.  Among them include, safety on our roadways, sidewalks, play areas, schools, parks, and anything that affects the safety and quality of life in the transportation infrastructure.  Traffic Officers must possess knowledge of traffic engineering techniques as they apply to various transportation environments.   Whether it is traffic signals, roadway signage, markings, road repairs, and new technology, the Traffic Officer is responsible for a number of important tasks, which safely and efficiently move vehicular, pedestrians, bicycles, and improve safety at all levels.

A brochure containing additional information will be mailed in early spring. Inquiries regarding becoming an instructor in this program should be directed to

Cooperating agency: New Jersey Police Traffic Officers Association

Course Descriptions


Practical Traffic Engineering for Police Officers

25 hours
Prerequisite: None
This new, 25-hour course provides training in the following areas: the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices; statutory requirements; speed limits; traffic signals; traffic surveys; site plan reviews; traffic management systems; and pre-construction meetings. There are times when the traffic officer must work closely with government officials. This course will familiarize the traffic officer with traffic regulations, mandates, traffic control criteria, teamwork, and problem solving. Lessons for this course focus on how traffic officers manage their responsibilities. Students learn how to use the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUCTD); perform traffic surveys for traffic signals, stop and yield signs; post all types of signage; place adult school crossing guards; enhance bicycle safety; establish speed limits; delineate roadway parameters; write traffic ordinances and resolutions; develop written and verbal ​presentations for government officials and planning boards.

Continuing Education

Certificates are awarded for the satisfactory completion of each program, which is defined as attendance at 80 percent of the class hours, a passing grade of 80, and full payment of all fees.

Police Traffic Control Technician Certification
Click here for application and further information

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Maria Chigirovich
Program Assistant
732-932-3640, ext. 648