The Newly Elected Leaders Toolkit

Congratulations! The election’s over and you’ve been sworn in. Now what?

With budgets to work on, community meetings to oversee, policies to research and develop, and residents to meet with, your time will be at a premium.

What’s Inside?

The four boxes below correspond to the four sections of the tool kit. Click on each box to see what’s inside each section. We pulled together resources to help you with some of the key elements of your job. Because we’re ICMA and strong believers in the partnership between elected and appointed leaders, you’ll find plenty of tools and tips on working with your chief administrative officers.

You’re a Newly Elected Official

What do you need to know?

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Learning About Professional Managers

Find out about a key partner you’ll be working with

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Hiring a Professional Manager

Finding the best fit for your community

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Evaluating your Professional Manager

Do they make your job easier and community better?

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You’re a Newly Elected Official

Leading Your Community: A Guide for Elected Officials

A quick and easy-to-understand introduction to the roles, responsibilities, and relationships of local elected officials.

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Learning About Professional Managers

Key Facts about Professional Managers

Here are some quick facts about the professionals known by various titles—city manager, county administrator, town manager, chief administrative officer (CAO)—who work in partnership with you to make your community better.

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Professional Local Government Management: The Benefits to Your Municipality

 

This brochure, developed by ICMA, explains what it means to have a professional local government manager and highlights the benefits of hiring a manager, including adherence to a code of ethics and the ability to participate in a rigorous credentialing process.

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Hiring a Professional Manager

Hiring a Professional Manager

Elected officials can better fulfill their legislative or policy-making roles by delegating the management of the municipality to an appointed professional administrator.

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Recruitment Guidelines for Selecting a Local Government Administrator

 

This handbook presents guidelines to help council members conduct a successful recruitment process selecting a local government manager or administrator.

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ICMA Guidelines for Compensation

 

TThe ICMA Guidelines for Compensation have national implications for maintaining public trust and integrity in local government and positioning professional local government managers as primary stewards of that trust.

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Determining the Value of Professional Administrator or Manager

 

This checklist is invaluable to any local government in determining whether a professional city or town manager should be employed.

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Sample: Chief Administrator Job Descriptions

 

This document contains three sample job descriptions for the job function of chief administrative officer.

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Model Employment Agreement

 

This document serves as a model employment agreement template for administrators of municipal governments.

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Evaluating your Professional Manager

ICMA Manager Evaluations Handbook

This complimentary handbook is intended to highlight the value of a formal manager evaluation process and to assist local elected officials in the design of an effective evaluation tool.

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Good luck as you head down the road to creating a thriving, vibrant community!

Learning about new issues, trends, and technologies is becoming a bigger part of the job of local government leadership.

Turn to organizations like ICMA, which can play an important role in your ongoing education. You can participate in formal professional development programs, workshops, webinars, and our annual conference or take advantage of our anytime resources like our newsletters and ICMA.org—our knowledge hub for all things #localgov. And of course turn to your professional staff for ongoing expert guidance.