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January 4, 2013
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  Leadership and Management 
  • Don't be afraid to get your hands dirty
    Henry Knox, the American revolutionary general, wasn't averse to leading from the front lines, writes Michael Friesen. Before the pivotal battle at Yorktown in 1781, Knox took command of artillery pieces, knowing that the guns' performance would be critical to his army's fate. "A great leader will have a finely tuned ability to delegate but must resist the temptation to abdicate," Friesen notes. (12/28)
  • Calif. city manager creates "calm seas" in first year
    During Gary Broad's first year as city manager of St. Helena, Calif., he cut costs and made $1 million available for much-needed road repairs. In addition, the City Council passed ordinances addressing smoking in public parks, well drilling and water management, as well as measures that advance the General Plan, which has been on hold since 2010. "It generally feels like we're on calm seas going into 2013. We can build off 2012 and accomplish a lot," said Broad, who became manager in November 2011. St. Helena Star (Calif.) (1/3) Email this Story
  Budgeting and Finance 
  • Canadian city's police-budget cuts could threaten crisis team
    Potential budget cuts for Hamilton, Ontario, police could jeopardize services including the Crisis Outreach and Support Team, which helps those with addiction and mental-health issues. The cuts would have an immediate impact on the program, eliminating two of four plainclothes officers who are trained to respond to mental-health emergencies, COAST's manager says. The cuts would also eliminate four station-duty personnel, five school resource officers and nine crime managers. (Canada) (1/2) Email this Story
  Emergency Management and Public Safety 
  • FDNY reports record-low fire deaths, quicker response time
    The New York City Fire Department says 2012 provided the fewest fire deaths and one of the fastest response times in agency history. Fire deaths decreased 12% compared with 2011, to 58; the previous record was 62 in 2010. The department's Emergency Medical Service reduced the response time for serious medical issues by one second, to six minutes, 30 seconds. amNewYork (1/2) Email this Story
  Legislation, Policy and Grants 
  • Calif. city council weighs action on 2 pot initiatives
    The Los Angeles City Council will consider whether to approve two marijuana ordinances or put them to a vote. One ordinance would shut down most marijuana shops that opened after October 2007, while the other would establish a city permit and regulations for marijuana shops, including having licensed security, performing background checks for operators and maintaining certain hours and distances from schools and parks. L.A. Weekly/The Informer blog (1/2) Email this Story
  Public Works and Infrastructure 
  Recognitions and Transitions 
  • Ga. county manager and assistant manager will retire
    Chatham County, Ga., Manager Russ Abolt and Assistant County Manager Pat Monahan, whose time in the positions make up about 25 years, have announced retirement. Abolt won't step down until March 2014, but Monahan is retiring this week. Meanwhile, the County Commission is welcoming four new members, including the chairman. Georgia Public Broadcasting (1/1) Email this Story
  ICMA News 
  • Attention, ICMA members and strategic partners! Call for ideas closes today!
    Don't miss this opportunity to submit ideas and vote on sessions you would like to see at ICMA's 99th Annual Conference, scheduled Sept. 22 to 25 in Boston. Contribute to the sharing of innovative ideas and practical strategies in local-government management and leadership by responding to ICMA's annual conference call for ideas. Submit a session, and vote on ideas that have been submitted! Visit the Call for Ideas website for details.
  • ICMA publishes sixth edition of financial-management classic
    ICMA has released the sixth edition of "Management Policies in Local Government Finance," the latest in the classic ICMA Green Book series. A comprehensive update of the 2004 edition, this version offers managers, chief administrative officers and up-and-coming chief financial officers a thorough grounding in the principles of financial management as well as a review of financial policies and practices used by local governments throughout the U.S. Order at
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