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February 15, 2013
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  Leadership and Management 
  • Calif. city council garners resident accolades
    Residents who attended a meeting of the Vallejo, Calif., City Council publicly thanked the council for prompt action on issues concerning squatters in vacant homes and changes to a residential view district ordinance. The council voted to give neighbors more time to challenge projects and leave the burden of paying for challenges on project applicants. Times-Herald (Vallejo, Calif.) (2/13) Email this Story
  • Ga. city council weighs need for manager
    Three City Council members in Warner Robins, Ga., are proposing to add a city manager, saying an elected mayor does not necessarily have the experience to operate the city, which employs 560 people. The manager would answer to the council and work alongside the mayor. Mayor Chuck Shaheen opposes the idea and instead wants a city operations manager who would report to him. The Macon Telegraph (Ga.) (2/13) Email this Story
  Budgeting and Finance 
  • Okla. city manager freezes hiring amid revenue shortfall
    McAlester, Okla., City Manager Pete Stasiak announced a hiring freeze after projecting a revenue shortfall of more than $1 million for this fiscal year. Stasiak told the City Council that sales tax revenue and water sales are down significantly. He says sales tax revenue dropped 9% in January and that the city is unlikely to make up the shortfall solely by cutting expenses. McAlester News-Capital (Okla.) (2/13) Email this Story
  Emergency Management and Public Safety 
  • Ore. city council approves draft disaster-readiness plan
    The Seaside, Ore., City Council approved a 30-page draft of a natural-hazard mitigation plan that seeks to address high vulnerability to tsunamis and other disasters. The plan contains risk assessments for major buildings and infrastructure and notes that several bridges key to evacuation are at risk of collapse in an earthquake. It also proposes contracting with an engineer to estimate costs for retrofitting bridges to meet seismic standards. Daily Astorian, The (Astoria, Ore.) (2/12) Email this Story
  • Md. city council votes to update ethics rules
    The Aberdeen, Md., City Council has updated the town's ethics ordinance to comply with state rules. City Manager Douglas Miller says he is also pursuing amendments to clarify how councilors may interact with religious and charitable organizations. He told councilors to be careful in fundraising until such rules are adopted. The Record (Havre de Grace, Md.) (2/13) Email this Story
  Legislation, Policy and Grants 
  Public Works and Infrastructure 
  Recognitions and Transitions 
  • Fla. city gets first minority manager
    Deric Feacher has become the first minority city manager of Winter Haven, Fla., after he was sworn in by the City Council. Feacher, who is black, celebrated by playing the trumpet and leading a high-school jazz band in a Fat Tuesday parade. Feacher says he aims to emphasize unity and adopt the motto "One City, One Vision." The Ledger (Lakeland, Fla.) (2/12) Email this Story
  ICMA News 
  • 2012 edition of stats book focuses on essentials for local-government managers
    ICMA has released the second edition of "Statistics for Public Administration: Practical Uses for Better Decision Making," an accessible and informative update of the 2010 edition. While this second edition describes research design and basic applied statistics, the book's primary purpose is to demonstrate how statistics can help local-government professionals do their jobs more effectively, rather than help readers master statistical theory. To find out what's new in the second edition, visit
  • 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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