Don't be your own worst enemy, say female execs | Voters set term limits for Calif. city council | Mich. mayor wants city out from under emergency finance manager
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March 7, 2013
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Leadership and Management
Don't be your own worst enemy, say female execs
Many female leaders admit to being plagued by self-doubt and fear of failure. The key, say executives such as Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg and McKinsey Senior Director Joanna Barsh, is to push ahead regardless. Women who second-guess themselves too much will find men climbing ahead of them on the corporate ladder, Barsh warns. "It turns out that the challenge of getting out of my own way was the biggest one I ever faced," Barsh says. CNNMoney/Fortune (3/5)
Voters set term limits for Calif. city council
West Hollywood, Calif., voters have approved a limit of three four-year terms for City Council members. "Measure C ensures that West Hollywood has a mechanism in place to bring fresh perspectives and new energy to the council," resident Lauren Meister said. "It opens the door to broader public participation in the legislative process in our city, which benefits everyone." Four of the five councilors have held their positions for more than 10 years, and only two incumbents have ever lost an election in the city's history. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)/L.A. Now blog (3/5)
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Mich. mayor wants city out from under emergency finance manager
Flint, Mich., Mayor Dayne Walling says he will draft a letter asking the governor to appoint an advisory committee to help the city transition out of needing an emergency financial manager. Walling has discussed the issue with the City Council's Finance Committee and says he will present a draft at the committee's next meeting. The Flint Journal (Mich.) (3/5)
Budgeting and Finance
Hotel demands N.J. city council answer $295,000 "cash call"
An attorney for the board that oversees a Trenton, N.J., Marriott told the City Council that if it doesn't answer a $295,000 "cash call" the hotel made two weeks ago, the hotel will immediately shut down. The council has until March 15 to authorize payment, which is part of an agreement with the hotel's management company that lets the company request money from the city if its cash reserve drops below a specific level. The Times (Trenton, N.J.) (3/6)
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Emergency Management and Public Safety
Mishandling of police finances prompts bills in Pa. city
Pittsburgh City Council President Darlene Harris is sponsoring bills that would implement a cash-management policy for the Police Bureau and drive the department to hire officers when staffing drops to a certain level. The legislation comes after an FBI investigation revealed that the department's personnel and finance offices mishandled finances. The bills would require a citywide overhaul of cash-management policy. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (3/6)
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Economic Development, Restoration and Sustainability
Fla. city council panels pass $11M economic-development plan
Two committees of the Jacksonville, Fla., City Council have approved a plan to put $11 million toward economic development. Under the plan, $9 million would go toward downtown rejuvenation through the Downtown Investment Authority, and $2 million would go toward county work through the city Office of Economic Development. The proposal next heads to the full council. The Daily Record (Jacksonville, Fla.) (3/6)
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Public Works and Infrastructure
Short yellow light might prompt N.Y. city to cancel tickets
Rochester, N.Y., officials say they will review and possibly cancel hundreds of tickets given through a red-light camera after it was discovered that the intersection's southbound yellow light runs short by one second. During the first six months of camera use, drivers going south received 1,600 more tickets than those going north. Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (N.Y.) (tiered subscription model) (3/4)
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Texas city council opposes commuter-rail legislation
The Fort Worth, Texas, City Council has rejected a resolution to support state legislation that would allow a 62-mile commuter train to be built through the Cotton Belt. The rail would connect southwest Fort Worth with Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and either Plano or Richardson. Before it can be built, state legislation must be passed to create a special tax district in cities through which the rail would run. Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas)/PoliTex blog (3/5)
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Recognitions and Transitions
Ill. city council taps past finance director as manager
The Woodstock, Ill., City Council has decided on Roscoe Stelford to succeed City Manager Tim Clifton, who plans to retire in May. Stelford was the city's finance director and treasurer for 13 years and is serving as deputy city manager. "I have tremendous faith and confidence in Roscoe's abilities and enthusiasms for the job," Mayor Brian Sager said. "While Tim left a very strong legacy for this community and certainly has very big shoes to fill, I have every confidence in the world that Roscoe is up to the task." Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, Ill.) (3/6)
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Colo. interim city manager is offered permanent post
The Steamboat Springs, Colo., City Council has ended one of its shortest and least expensive searches for a city manager, hiring interim City Manager Deb Hinsvark. While some councilors expressed concern that Hinsvark didn't go through a formal interview process, others say her years as finance director, deputy city manager and interim city manager have shown she is qualified. The Steamboat Pilot & Today (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) (3/5)
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Reserve your Scottish adventure by April 1!
The ICMA Travel Connections program provides social travel events for members and their families to premium locales worldwide. The inaugural ICMA Travel Connections trip will carry members to Scotland from July 21 to 29. Many Scottish highlights await our members. Reservations are due no later than April 1. View the trip itinerary and download your reservation form, or contact Sallie Ann Burnett at or (864) 541-8678 with questions.
"Reinventing Government" workshop will focus on the book's continuing impact and its message for our future
Ted Gaebler, co-author of the best-seller "Reinventing Government: How the Entrepreneurial Spirit is Transforming the Public Sector," is the featured speaker for this thought-provoking workshop. Presented by ICMA's Center for Management Strategies, the Alliance for Innovation and Arizona State University, as well as sponsored by CH2M HILL, the workshop will kick off with a half-day program that features an interview with Gaebler, who will discuss the impetus behind the book, share his insight on improving local-government performance in the future and provide a critical review of criticism of the book. The afternoon session will feature leading managers' assessment of the impact of reinventing government principles and an examination of the future of and research into the profession. The discussion will offer insight and tools to address issues and challenges you face. Register to join us from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mountain on March 28 in Phoenix. (Note: Reread the book before you come!)
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