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October 18, 2012
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  • Texas city manager fires police chief after long-term evaluation
    McKinney, Texas, City Manager Jason Gray fired the police chief after evaluating his leadership for more than a year and finding issues with department communication, discipline and supervision. For example, Gray cited an instance in which a chiropractor who was accused of sexual assault was not investigated for months. The deputy city manager has taken over as police chief, and police officers and residents have been critical of Gray's decision. KXAS-TV (Dallas-Fort Worth) (10/16) Email this Story
  Economic Development, Restoration and Sustainability  
  • Study: Urban-population growth could mean greener, healthier cities
    The global urban population is projected to increase from more than 3.5 billion to 4.9 billion by 2030, creating opportunities for sustainable development, according to a study by the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity. "Sustainable urban development that supports valuable ecosystems presents a major opportunity for improving lives and livelihoods," said Achim Steiner, head of the U.N. Environment Program. Reuters (10/16)
  Legislation, Policy and Grants 
  • Colo. cities fight order against hanging flags on light poles
    City leaders from Lafayette and Louisville, Colo., expressed opposition to a rule against "nonpolicing" objects hanging on Xcel Energy's light poles. Lafayette's city administrator said the city paid more than $150,000 for light poles that are meant to hold banners and flags. The cities want to hang flags for Memorial Day and signs advertising a street fair or a farmers market, but Xcel issued a directive saying all municipalities have to remove banners, decorations and flags from light poles by year-end. Daily Camera (Boulder, Colo.) (10/15) Email this Story
  Public Works and Infrastructure 
  • Va. county might add electric cabs to fleet
    Arlington County, Va., Manager Barbara Donnellan recommended that 40 all-electric cabs be added to the county's fleet of 765 licensed cabs. The cabs would be the Nissan Leaf, with 4G Wi-Fi and an Apple iPad in each for passengers' use. The company that would supply the cabs would also install more than 50 electric-vehicle chargers countywide. The County Board will vote on Donnellan's recommendation Nov. 17. (Arlington, Va.) (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!
  • "Social Media: Are they Engaged or Asleep?" Sign up for this Oct. 25 ICMA Web conference
    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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