Is #localgov Part of ‘The Swamp’? 

Swamps are filled with odorous, stagnant water and creatures that breed disease. November’s highly divisive national election filled the public’s mind with disturbing images like this – rhetorical exaggerations to remind people of any negative experience they’ve ever had with a government agency. But the vast majority of employees at any level of government are…  Read More…

MPA Students Gather 7 Lessons From #ICMA2016

For graduate students interested in urban management careers, the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) Annual Conference is the ultimate professional development and networking opportunity. We were glad and grateful to join the excitement at the 102nd ICMA Conference in September as representatives of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of…  Read More…

Take Charge of Your Career

So there I was, looking out into a sea of faces. Council members, city managers and directors from all over California had gathered at the 2016 League of California Cities Annual Conference, and an unexpected number of them had decided to attend my session on emerging leaders. As a representative of the Municipal Management Association…  Read More…

Calling For Community Hero Nominations

Do you know a community hero, like Sergeant Saemi Kitchens of Prince William County, Va., or Warren Gaskill, a recycling operator in Rockville, Md.? These dedicated public servants work with professional local government managers to keep your city, town or county running smoothly every day. If you look around your community, you’ll find people using their talents…  Read More…

Sheryl Sculley Honored at Donor Breakfast

To help civic leaders, students, and elected officials better understand how professional managers contribute to improving quality of life and financial success of our cities, counties, and towns we needed to create success stories, videos, and blogs reflecting stellar examples. We had a great response from communities but one city manager stands out: Sheryl Sculley…  Read More…