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December 31, 2012
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  Leadership and Management 
  • Leadership lessons from "Stormin' Norman"
    Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, the commander of Operation Desert Storm, died Thursday at age 78. The four-star general's philosophy of leadership stressed the importance of humility, hard work and moral fortitude. "Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without strategy," he once said. Forbes (12/27)
  Budgeting and Finance 
  • Ohio city council approves budget that includes 6 layoffs
    The Chillicothe, Ohio, City Council approved a $45 million budget during a meeting that lasted less than a half hour. The 2013 budget includes six layoffs that will save the city about $250,000 and consolidation of the parks and recreation department into the safety and service department. The layoffs are all administrative positions, including the parks and recreation director and supervisor, a secretary from the office of the treasurer and a civil service secretary. Chillicothe Gazette (Ohio) (12/27) Email this Story
  Emergency Management and Public Safety 
  Ethics 
  Legislation, Policy and Grants 
  Public Works and Infrastructure 
  • 1,000 workers clearing Montreal streets after record snowfall
    Police are urging Montreal residents to stay off the Canadian city's streets to make way for about 1,000 workers to clear the snow after a winter storm dropped a record 1½ feet of snow in one day. A city spokesman said it generally takes Montreal's snow fleet four days to clear about 0.6 feet of snow. CBC.ca (Canada) (12/27) Email this Story
  Recognitions and Transitions 
  • Calif. city manager tackles challenges in first year
    In his first year as city manager of Riverside, Calif., Scott Barber faced the end of an initiative in which millions of dollars had gone toward capital projects, city development staff and various programs, but he also reorganized the city's staff, worked on economic development and brought businesses and jobs to the area. "I think under all the circumstances that he's had before him, particularly the hurdle of redevelopment being eliminated, he's done an amazing job," Councilman Steve Adams said. The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, Calif.) (free registration) (12/26) Email this Story
  ICMA News 
  • Attention ICMA members and strategic partners! Call for Ideas closes Friday, Jan. 4!
    Don't miss this opportunity to submit ideas and vote on the sessions you would like to see at ICMA's 99th Annual Conference in Boston/New England, Sept. 22 to 25. 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 a new (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 new version offers managers, CAOs and up-and-coming chief financial officers a thorough grounding in the principles of financial management as well as a review of the financial policies and practices used by local governments throughout the U.S. Order now at icma.org/press/finance.
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