Four Escambia County Tax Collector Employees Graduate from Certified Public Manager Program

The Escambia County Tax Collector’s Office is pleased to announce the graduation of four employees from Florida’s Certified Public Manager program. The graduates are among hundreds of individuals statewide who completed the program.

CPM Graduates with Mr. Lunsford. Left to right, Lisa Scruggs, Candice Lewis, Mr. Lunsford, Melissa Hogan, Marie Bumgarner

The four CPM graduates are:

Lisa Scruggs, Director of Human Resources
Marie Bumgarner, Assistant Manager
Melissa Hogan, Assistant Manager
Candice Lewis, Senior Deputy Tax Collector

The CPM program is a nationally-recognized leadership development program currently offered in 38 states and by the federal government. Its purpose is to develop more effective public managers, thereby improving services to taxpayers. Graduates complete a rigorous two-year program, consisting of 32 days of classroom instruction, supplemented by comprehensive homework assignments and exams.

Florida has one of the largest and most successful CPM programs in the country, with over 6,600 graduates – more than any other state. More than 100 agencies, including city, county, state and constitutional offices, have participated in the Florida CPM program. The Florida Cabinet has recognized the program as a “preferred management development program.” The CPM program is administered by the Florida Center for Public Management at Florida State University, which is part of the Reubin O’Donovan Askew School of Public Administration and Policy.

For more information on the CPM program or to inquire about the next Pensacola class, visit or email Ben Green at

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