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February 19, 2013
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  Leadership and Management 
  • Smart bosses take the weekend off, says Interface CEO
    Leaders who find themselves chained to their desk over the weekend are doing something wrong, says Daniel T. Hendrix, president and CEO of Interface. Bosses who try to work nonstop and do everything themselves will burn out, and that isn't good for them or their company, Hendrix explains. "[Y]ou have to delegate, have to have accountability and have to make sure that people have the tools to do the job," he says. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/16)
  • Texas city council might go from per-meeting pay to salary
    The San Antonio City Council and residents have voiced support for switching from paying councilors $20 per meeting to giving them a salary. Supporters say increasing councilors' pay would keep them from seeking higher-paying office and would allow for a more diversified council. On average, San Antonio councilors work more than 40 hours per week. San Antonio Express-News (2/15) Email this Story
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  Budgeting and Finance 
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  Public Works and Infrastructure 
  • N.J. city tries to keep waste company off dangerous site
    Officials in Vineland, N.J., are trying to prevent a waste-recycling company from using a site that is still being cleaned up after a company in the same industry left behind dangerous chemicals and used oil. The Environmental Protection Agency has been cleaning up chemicals, hundreds of thousands of gallons of used oil and hundreds of 55-gallon drums that contain unknown chemicals at a facility previously occupied by Pure Earth. Tradebe Environmental Services has expressed interest in acquiring the site and has permits being reviewed by the state Department of Environmental Protection. The Times (Trenton, N.J.) (2/17) Email this Story
  Recognitions and Transitions 
  • Calif. city council eyes manager with financial expertise
    The San Bernardino, Calif., City Council has confirmed the nomination of Allen Parker as city manager. Parker, who specializes in financially distressed cities, previously headed a consultancy. If his contract is approved, he will start right after acting City Manager Andrea Travis-Miller has left to become executive director of the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments. San Bernardino County Sun (Calif.) (2/15) Email this Story
  ICMA News 
  • Join ICMA's Leonard Matarese and Joseph Pozzo in webinar on fire/EMS innovation
    Does having more paramedics always produce a better outcome? Can emergency medical dispatch create efficiency in fire and emergency medical service delivery? What is the real story behind compressed air foam? Get answers to these questions and a few of your own in an interactive Web conference at 1 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday. Learn more and register.
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