Twenty-three state government managers who work in the Salt Lake area have received "certified public manager" certificates through a joint University of Utah-Utah Department of Human Resource Management program.

The recipients are among 31 state managers who received the certificates earlier this month in a state capitol ceremony. Lt. Gov. Val Oveson was among officials addressing the graduates.CPM is a management training program developed by a consortium of state governments. Participants who attend about 40 full days of classes spread over one to two years receive the certificate, which is becoming a widely respected credential in the public sector. Many managers attended classes on Saturdays at no additional pay.

Recipients and their agencies are:

- Department of Transportation: Mohammed A. Basha, Wade Betenson, Tracy C. Conti, William Degeus, Richard G. Julio, Richard P. Manser, Joseph M. McBride, Byron M. Parker, Lezlie Paterson, John L. Quick and Thomas A Smith.

- Department of Health: Mark Burrell, J. Thomas Condie, Robert P. Dalley, John Eichwald, Craig D. Odekirk, Bruce G. Slater and Neil Taylor.

- Department of Public Safety: Bryan W. Call and Brian Gough.

- Administrative Office of the Courts: Charles R. Hastings.

- State Printing Office: Richard B. Hill.

- Department of Employment Security: Laurel Morris.