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February 26, 2013
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  Leadership and Management 
  • Welcome to management: Here's how to get started
    Newly appointed leaders can feel as though they've been thrown out of an airplane without a parachute, Roberta Matuson writes. To avoid hitting the ground, you'll need to learn quickly to master office politics, handle workers respectfully and effectively, and hire superb people. "You will shine the most when those around you are beaming," Matuson writes. Fast Company online (2/22)
  • N.C. city manager outlines community's strengths
    Mebane, N.C., City Manager David Cheek says the city's strengths include local pride, being near major interstates, industry and manufacturing, and community and infrastructure growth. The government provides "the framework of safe streets, taking care of garbage, walking trails, but we do not intrude. We provide the unnoticed services for citizens to have their freedom," Cheek said. "I feel like the community is ready to get more involved in Mebane planning processes." Mebane Enterprise (N.C.) (2/24) Email this Story
  • Fla. city manager starts job with "luxury" of good order
    Melbourne, Fla., City Manager Mike McNees, who recently took over after the previous manager retired, says he is seeing strong city staff and departments. His short-term goals include getting to know everyone and integrating himself into the city organization and its issues. "Things are, without question, in good order here," he said. "Not having to come in and fix something -- or attack some big problem -- is just a huge luxury." Florida Today (Melbourne) (tiered subscription model) (2/23) Email this Story
  Economic Development, Restoration and Sustainability  
  Legislation, Policy and Grants 
  • Calif. city council considers tightening gun regulation
    Attorneys for the Sacramento, Calif., City Council are analyzing restrictions the council might add to gun-control law, including regulating the location of firearms dealers, requiring in-store security at gun shops, prohibiting people younger than 21 from going into gun shops and banning .50-caliber ammunition. "We need to do everything we can to take guns and ammunition out of the hands of people who should not have them," Councilman Jay Schenirer said. The city experienced a 21% increase in major crime involving guns last year. The Sacramento Bee (Calif.) (free registration) (2/25) Email this Story
  Public Works and Infrastructure 
  • R.I. city manager offers storm praise, recommendations
    East Providence, R.I., City Manager Peter Graczykowski says the Public Works and Emergency Management departments performed well during a recent blizzard, which buried the city in 18 inches of snow. "I want to acknowledge the tremendous work done by Public Works and our public-safety departments during the blizzard," Graczykowski said. For future storms, he recommends using the city's heavy-duty vehicles right away, using a "reverse 911" system to communicate with residents and becoming a Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency regional shelter to stock food and other supplies. Providence, R.I. (2/24) Email this Story
  • Ohio city council might restrict neon lighting
    The Sylvania, Ohio, City Council will consider banning illuminated tube lighting in residential zones after residents requested that green neon lights at Flower Hospital be removed. The proposal would allow tube lighting only in business districts. The city prohibits lights that shine onto neighboring properties. The Blade (Toledo, Ohio) (2/25) Email this Story
  Recognitions and Transitions 
  • Mich. city manager gives 8 months' notice
    Muskegon, Mich., City Manager Bryon Mazade says he will retire Oct. 1, after almost two decades of leading the city. "It has been a very positive experience working with Bryon," said Mayor Steve Gawron, who has worked with Mazade for 12 years. "Bryon has done a great job assembling and leading the administrative team at Muskegon City Hall." Mazade says he is providing such advance notice so the City Council can find a replacement before he steps down. The Muskegon Chronicle (Mich.) (2/25) Email this Story
  ICMA News 
  • Do you want to lead your organization someday?
    If you are an early-career professional who is new to local government, with less than five years of work experience, or you know someone who is, check out how the Young Professionals Leadership Institute can enhance your career. Held in conjunction with the 2013 ICMA Regional Summits, the Young Professionals Leadership Institute provides assistants, assistant managers and those beginning their career in local government with an engaging, interactive professional-development opportunity in five U.S. locations, with a registration rate of $99. Visit to view the full agenda. Then, register and walk away with knowledge and insight that will contribute to personal and professional growth throughout your career.
  • March 8 deadline for ICMA Annual Awards Program approaching fast!
    Don't miss out on this prestigious recognition for your work, that of a colleague or a program launched by your local government! Each year, ICMA recognizes outstanding contribution to the profession of local-government management through the Annual Awards Program. Recipients will be recognized in two umbrella categories -- for individual achievement through the Professional Awards and for jurisdictional achievement through the Program Excellence Awards -- during ICMA's 99th Annual Conference, scheduled Sept. 22 to 25 in Boston, and will be highlighted in a fall issue of ICMA's PM (Public Management) magazine. Visit the awards page of ICMA's website at for complete information on the Annual Awards Program and the nomination process. Then, submit your nomination before March 8.
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