Helping local government leaders improve
their operations for more than 20 years.

September 2015

The one-hour rule and more: how to work effectively with elected officials

For government to work well, professional staff and elected officials need to get along. Management Partners' Jan Perkins and Linda Barton explore strategies for dealing with common problems, such as elected officials who go directly to staff members for help, or exert political pressure to bend the rules on projects and programs, or don’t understand how their requests affect other priorities. 
Working effectively with elected officials requires professional staff to know what's appropriate and be able to set and enforce boundaries.

What to do when a local-gov leader leaves

You've planned the party and everyone's signed the card, but there's more to do when a local-government leader retires or takes another job. Management Partners' President and CEO Jerry Newfarmer explains three important steps to take when a manager or department head moves on.

News and notes

The city that incorporated social media into everything. A big snowstorm in Roanoke, Virginia last year showed the city the power of social media. Now every department has embraced social media as a way to share and gather information. As this Governing article shows, officials are embracing engagement with residents while acknowledging it takes work to maintain.

Just in time for the 2015 ICMA conference in Seattle, Route Fifty explores what's next in local government (download required). From the workforce of the future to high-tech, high-touch engagement, this informative e-book looks at nine important trends and real-world stories that bring the trends to life.

A cautionary tale of an employee allegedly bilking its undergrounding program of $6.4 million contains lessons for other local governments. Management Partners looked at the policies and structure of the program after the city discovered the embezzlement and made recommendations for improvement. 

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