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October 11, 2012
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  Leadership and Management 
  • How Tourette's made Stephan Turnipseed a better boss
    For decades, Stephan Turnipseed has suffered from Tourette's syndrome, but his involuntary tics and verbal utterances didn't prevent him from rising to become president of Lego Education North America. Being a bit different and having to work harder to fit in is actually a useful trait for a leader, Turnipseed says. "That's what leadership is about: helping people find moments of greatness within themselves, and attaching those to a common cause that allows work to be done," he says. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (10/6)
  Budgeting and Finance 
  • Colo. county budget focuses on capital projects, wage increases
    Pitkin County, Colo., commissioners will begin discussing the county's 2013 budget, which includes $9.7 million for capital projects and a 3% increase on spending for wages. The capital projects planned include road and bridge maintenance, road and drainage improvements and a pedestrian underpass. The increased wage spending will go toward merit-based increases and possible pay scale adjustments for county employees. The Aspen Times (Colo.) (10/10) Email this Story
  • Fla. county commissioners approve more than $1 million in raises
    Collier County, Fla., commissioners unanimously voted to give about 1,500 county employees their first cost-of-living raises since 2008. Employees who work for the county manager, county attorney and the board will receive an immediate 2% pay increase that will cost the county about $1.8 million, which was already accounted for in the budget. However, the raises cover only three county departments, but the county manager said employees in other departments might have raises to look forward to in the future. Naples Daily News (Fla.) (10/10) Email this Story
  Emergency Management and Public Safety 
  • Ark. city homicide rate jumps in certain area
    The chance of Little Rock, Ark., residents being murdered doubles when they cross the Arkansas River from North Little Rock to Little Rock. This year, North Little Rock experienced seven homicides, while Little Rock had 41, according to Pulaski County police. However, a Little Rock police sergeant said most homicide victims know their killers and the police department is focusing on areas of crime. KARK-TV (Little Rock, Ark.) (10/8) Email this Story
  • Police in Va. city work toward reducing thefts from vehicles
    Police in Portsmouth, Va., have left hundreds of Auto Alerts letting people know they are susceptible to larcenies from their vehicles. The police department began a program last month in which crime prevention officers, neighborhood impact officers and patrol officers check vehicles to see whether they are unlocked or whether they have valuables inside and leave reminders for drivers of the cars that meet either or both of those criteria. WAVY-TV (Portsmouth, Va.) (10/9) Email this Story
  Economic Development, Restoration and Sustainability  
  • Pa. county manager won't vote in November
    Luzerne County, Pa., Manager Robert Lawton declined to register to vote in the Nov. 6 election because he said he did not want to suggest any personal political preferences. Lawton has been living in Pennsylvania since February, and said he was not affiliated with a political party when he was a registered voter in California. The Citizens' Voice (Wilkes-Barre, Pa.) (10/10) Email this Story
  Legislation, Policy and Grants 
  • Kan. city council passes ordinance aimed at discouraging crime
    The Wichita, Kan., City Council unanimously passed an ordinance that requires bars that accept customers who are under 21 to meet a 30% food requirement and that prohibits food vendors from selling on the streets after 1 a.m. The ordinance was passed in an effort to clear crowds out of the Old Town section of Wichita earlier in the evening and to keep crime out of Old Town. Although crime rates in that part of the city have not risen, four weekends in a row in which gunshots went off have left residents nervous. KSNW-TV (Wichita, Kan.) (10/9) Email this Story
  Public Works and Infrastructure 
  • Calif. city public works will study traffic from new facility
    The Santa Cruz, Calif., City Council directed the Public Works Department to analyze how a new medical facility slated for completion next fall will affect traffic on the surrounding residential streets. Public works officials said the residential streets could experience about 160 additional cars daily from the medical clinic, and residents said they are concerned about safety on their streets and want to close parts of the residential streets to through traffic. Santa Cruz Sentinel (Calif.) (10/9) Email this Story
  Recognitions and Transitions 
  • Tribute to retired Fla. city manager covers more than 30 years
    Recently retired Panama City Beach, Fla., City Manager Richard Jackson was honored Tuesday night for his more than three decades of work for the city. Jackson was the city's first manager, and he oversaw population growth from 3,000 to 14,000, an increase from 52 city employees to 250 and going from operating on a $2 million budget to $160 million. “He has seen the city come from a very, very small, sleepy town to a big time city now. Not only is he good with his numbers and projections, he’s good with the people,” said Philip Griffitts, who served as the city's mayor for 18 years. News Herald (Panama City, Fla.) (10/9) Email this Story
No need to hurry. No need to sparkle. No need to be anyone but oneself."
--Virginia Woolf,
British writer

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