County GIS Director Phillips earns Esri certification

Trey Phillips, Finney County GIS Director, recently earned Esri certification.

Finney County GIS Department Director Trey Phillips recently was awarded Esri Technical Certification, which recognizes superior skill levels utilizing Esri’s software for geographic information systems (GIS).

Esri is the global market leader in GIS, and developed ArcGIS the world’s leading mapping and location analytics platform.

Phillips earned the Esri ArcGIS Desktop Professional Certification, which is the highest level of professional software certification in this field. Only 200 GIS professionals in the United States are registered with this certification. Phillips is the only Esri ArcGIS Desktop Professional listed for the state of Kansas.

“Trey is a valuable employee with an abundance of skills,” Randall Partington, Finney County Administrator, said in a news release. “His recent certification solidifies how essential he is to our organization and as a community partner. We are proud of Trey’s professional accomplishments.”

To earn Esri Technical Certification, candidates must successfully pass an examination that assesses their knowledge and skills cultivated throughout their years of GIS experience. Phillips is approaching 13 years of GIS experience gained in his career with Finney County.

“I started without even knowing what GIS was and this solidifies my hard work and continuing education in the GIS field,” said Phillips. “This certification was a personal goal of mine which I am proud to say I have achieved.”

Phillips plans to obtain more GIS certifications in the near future. He currently manages a GIS system utilized by more than 100 users for two government agencies. Finney County and the City of Garden City both employ the Finney County GIS department.

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