Above: Duma Fire Lt. Anthony Anderson recently graduated from two nationally accredited programs. On left, Ken Matwiczak of the LBJ School of Public Affairs at UT Austin; right, Dr. Howard Balanoff, Director of William P. Hobby Center for Public Service at Texas State University.

While working on a bachelor’s degree and on the heels of graduating from the National Fire Academy Managing Officer Program, Dumas Fire Lt. Anthony Anderson beefed up his credentials with another degree. On Dec. 12, he completed the Texas Certified Public Manager Program. Both programs, completed within a month of each other, are two-year programs.

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Anderson has been with the Dumas Fire Department since 2005, and he’s been a lieutenant since 2011. During that time, he’s completed an associate’s degree from Amarillo College, studied and trained at the National Fire Academy and taken law enforcement classes. He says it gives him a “more well-rounded view of the administrative side” of his profession.

“I love to absorb any information I can,” Anderson said.

The Certified Public Manager Program is a seven-course sequence, and it leads to a nationally accredited certification. It’s offered by the Texas State University’s William P. Hobby Center for Public Service.

Anderson graduated from the Managing Officer Program on Nov. 4 at the National Fire Academy in Maryland.