Victoria Assistant City Manager Darrek Ferrell recently earned his Credentialed Manager designation from the International City/County Management Association. He is one of about 1,400 local government management professionals worldwide who are currently credentialed through the ICMA program and one of two in the Victoria City Manager’s Office to hold the designation, along with City Manager Jesús A. Garza. To receive the designation, an ICMA member must have significant experience as a senior management executive in local government; have earned a degree, preferably in public administration or a related field; and demonstrate an ongoing commitment to integrity, lifelong learning and professional development. Ferrell will be required to complete at least 40 hours of professional development each year to renew the designation. Ferrell has served as an assistant city manager in Victoria since January 2020 and previously worked in San Antonio, McKinney, Mount Vernon, and Commerce, Texas. He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science and his Master of Public Service and Administration degree from Texas A&M University, and he is a graduate of the ICMA Emerging Leaders Development Program.