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October 17, 2012
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  Leadership and Management 
  • Are you giving workers too much information?
    Transparency is a good thing in principle, but that doesn't mean leaders should overshare with workers, Karin Hurt writes. "Disclosing too much of a plan in progress can be dangerous as things change," she writes. "No need to get people worked up about something that might not materialize." (10/15)
  Budgeting and Finance 
  • Pa. county manager gets extension to work on budget
    Luzerne County, Pa., Manager Robert Lawton received four extra days to work out a $7 million gap in the budget. He was supposed to submit the budget Monday but was given until Friday to determine how to make more cuts to avoid raising property taxes. Lawton said 41 job cuts are already included, and reducing $7 million in personnel costs would mean eliminating 100 more. The Citizens' Voice (Wilkes-Barre, Pa.) (10/16) Email this Story

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  Emergency Management and Public Safety 
  • Md. city council acts on 911 system and fire department
    The Baltimore City Council passed a resolution urging the Police Department to create an online system for posting active 911 responses. The resolution's lead sponsor said department officials were concerned last month about their ability to create the system, but they have since said they will work with the council. The council also acted on a bill requiring the fire chief to provide annual reports on the department's resources and that the department provide an assessment of company closures. The Baltimore Sun (10/15) Email this Story
  Economic Development, Restoration and Sustainability  
  • Calif. city residents and official disagree on building Chick-fil-A
    Residents of Mountain View, Calif., along with the city's Environmental Planning Commission, expressed opposition to construction of a Chick-fil-A, saying the drive-thru would cause more accidents among motorists and bicyclists and idling cars would cause noise problems and air pollution. However, the city's zoning administrator said he approves of the plan because the drive-thru would close at 10 p.m., the restaurant would be closed Sundays and Chick-fil-A plans to create a traffic-controlled driveway that would increase safety at the restaurant. Palo Alto Daily News (Calif.) (10/16) Email this Story
  Legislation, Policy and Grants 
  Public Works and Infrastructure 
  Recognitions and Transitions 
  • N.Y. city manager brings decades of private-sector experience
    John Pinkerton started Monday as city manager of Ogdensburg, N.Y., and said his first priority is getting to know everyone who works for the city, before tackling the budget next month. Ogdensburg is Pinkerton's hometown, and he has almost 40 years of management experience in the private sector. City Council members said they hope Pinkerton's business knowledge will allow him to help the city recover from years of decreasing budgets and services. Watertown Daily Times (N.Y.) (10/16) Email this Story
  ICMA News 
  • 2012 conference wrap-up and thanks!
    ICMA thanks our 2012 sponsors, exhibitors, planning and host committee members and nearly 3,000 attendees for making the 98th ICMA Annual Conference the best-attended conference in four years! Select virtual conference content will be available for purchase this month. Check out the conference website for highlights, and visit Flickr to see photos from the world's foremost event for local-government management professionals, which this year took place Oct. 7 to 10 in Phoenix/Maricopa County, Ariz. See you next year in Boston!
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    Your fan page might have thousands of "likes," but are you truly engaging citizens? For a practical Web conference on social media engagement, Juniper Korkie, ICMA's director of digital strategies, welcomes Nannette Rodriguez, chief information officer of Miami Beach, Fla., and Michelle Bono, assistant to the city manager of Tallahassee, Fla. Register to learn how to evaluate your social media strategy, deliver relevant information, creatively promote events, increase audience engagement, manage your social media reputation and measure engagement.
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