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December 20, 2012
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  Leadership and Management 
  • Don't rely on cookie-cutter leadership strategies
    Leadership shouldn't rely too much on uniform, "six steps to managing"-type leadership guides, says Karl Heiselman, CEO of Wolff Olins. Every employee is different, and bosses need to tailor their approaches to individual workers' needs. "[W]hen you're communicating with somebody ... you're trying to get the best work out of them. The way you do that is not the same for everybody," Heiselman says. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/15)
  • N.J. city council considers police presence at meetings
    The Jersey City, N.J., City Council is considering requiring a police officer to be stationed at every meeting until 30 minutes after it ends. The proposal was sparked by contentious debate between residents and a developer and shouting between two residents during a meeting last month. "Just because we have not had an incident doesn't mean that one can't happen," said Councilwoman Viola Richardson, who is sponsoring the proposal. The Jersey Journal (Jersey City, N.J.) (12/19) Email this Story
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  Budgeting and Finance 
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  Emergency Management and Public Safety 
  • Ala. city's schools outline measures to keep students safe
    The school superintendent in Mountain Brook, Ala., sent a letter to parents detailing safety measures in light of last week's mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school. "This has increased everyone's concerns about school safety," Superintendent Richard Barlow wrote. He says schools are revising safety plans and cooperating with police and have mapped out buildings for first responders. They also plan to initiate training exercises in case of intruders and evaluate lockdown and evacuation procedures. (Alabama)/Real-Time News from Birmingham blog (12/19) Email this Story
  • Residents and police fight cuts by La. city council
    The Slidell, La., City Council approved a plan to eliminate three vacant police positions, despite opposition from residents and the Police Department. The council defended the vote, which eliminates 11 other city positions through attrition, saying no one employed by the Police Department is being laid off and that funding for the department has increased recently. However, the police chief told the council that he is concerned for the city's quality of life if cuts continue. The Times-Picayune (New Orleans) (12/19) Email this Story
  Economic Development, Restoration and Sustainability  
  • Md. city council might abandon plan for downtown stadium
    Business owners in Hagerstown, Md., are urging the City Council to follow through on a plan to build a multiuse stadium downtown amid speculation that the council will abandon the development. The stadium is part of a bigger downtown-revitalization project, which some business owners say must happen for them to remain in the city. "If things don't change quickly ... guess what, we're all starting to get impatient," a restaurant owner said. The Herald Mail (Hagerstown, Md.) (12/18) Email this Story
  Legislation, Policy and Grants 
  Public Works and Infrastructure 
  • Canadian city council sends traffic plan back to drawing board
    The Calgary, Alberta, City Council rejected a plan to ease traffic backup at several lights on Crowchild Trail. The plan would have added interchanges and bridges, but some council members said it was too expensive and would have required relocation of too many residents. The council plans to consider another plan next fall. (Canada) (12/17) Email this Story
  Recognitions and Transitions 
  • Texas city council notes sadness as manager plans 2014 retirement
    The Bellaire, Texas, City Council approved a 3% raise for City Manager Bernie Satterwhite, who plans to retire in March 2014. Satterwhite has been manager for 12 years and says the city is in "good shape" for the future. "Satterwhite has been an excellent city manager, and I am saddened to see him leave the team," Mayor Phil Nauert said. Houston Chronicle (12/18) Email this Story
  • Calif. city manager likely will depart early next year
    Cloverdale, Calif., City Manager Nina Regor is expected to become city administrator of Camas, Wash., next year, Cloverdale's mayor says. Regor has been manager since 2007. During her tenure, the Fire Protection District Headquarters, the History Center and the Performing Arts Center were completed as part of the 4-Corners project. The city also finished the Phase I Kleiser Park project. The Press Democrat (Santa Rosa, Calif.) (12/18) Email this Story
  ICMA News 
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