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October 24, 2012
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  Leadership and Management 
  • Do you let your workers make bad decisions?
    Bosses need to give employees permission to make bad decisions from time to time, writes Mike Figliuolo. A thoughtful approach to decision-making should permit the occasional goof in the name of avoiding paralysis while using mistakes as learning moments. "The more time you invest in thinking through the decision making process ... the faster your team will make decisions and the better those decisions will be," Figliuolo writes. ThoughtLeaders blog (10/22)
  • Fla. city will narrow down search for manager
    Satellite Beach, Fla., Interim City Manager Ayn Samuelson and 65 other applicants are looking to fill the role of city manager on a permanent basis. A search committee will meet next week to choose the top 10 candidates; the new city manager is scheduled to start work in early December. Samuelson does not meet the requirements of having a graduate degree in a related field and at least five years of experience working in municipal government, but she said the council should base its decision on candidates' performance. Florida Today (Melbourne) (tiered subscription model) (10/23) Email this Story
  • Calif. city departments present reports to council
    The Ventura City Council in California identified issues with several of its departments after reviewing reports on the departments' work from July through September. Issues include the fire department's response time, which makes CPR less effective, and an understaffed police department. The council reviewed the reports to help determine efficiency, but one resident said the council should focus on assessing the city's budget. Ventura County Star (Calif.) (free registration) (10/23) Email this Story
  Budgeting and Finance 
  • Ga. county residents express opposition, support for annexation
    About 150 residents of DeKalb County, Ga., attended a public hearing to voice their opinions about being annexed into the city of Decatur. Most residents said they oppose the annexation because they would have to pay higher property taxes as city residents. But some said they preferred the city's school system and city council to the county schools and government. Commissioners will vote on the annexation Dec. 17 after another public hearing that month. Estates, Ga. (10/23) Email this Story

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  Emergency Management and Public Safety 
  • Ohio county officials look to simplify emergency plans
    Officials from Belmont County Emergency Management Agency in Ohio said they are redesigning emergency plans to make them simpler and easier for residents to understand. "That's what we're trying to do, simplify the plan so that anyone not really ever seeing the plan before can look at it, understand what it says and respond to that incident," the director said. WTOV-TV (Steubenville, Ohio) (10/22) Email this Story
  Economic Development, Restoration and Sustainability  
  • Urban renewal plan in Ore. city could be closed before 2013
    The Salem City Council in Oregon agreed to advance the closing of the Pringle Creek Urban Renewal Plan, which would make it the first urban renewal area in the city to be closed and the second in the state. Since the plan was established in 1971, a green area was established, bus stops were improved, the public library received an expansion and a parking garage, and Mirror Pond was reconstructed. Statesman-Journal (Salem, Ore.) (free registration) (10/23) Email this Story
  • Fla. county sheriff found in violation of state ethics code
    The Florida Commission on Ethics found that Flagler County's sheriff violated the state's code of ethics by accepting a free membership and discounted meals at a beach resort. The sheriff resigned his resort membership after the investigation. “Any violation was inadvertent, and I intend to cooperate with the commission to get this matter resolved," the sheriff said in a statement. The Palm Coast Observer (Fla.) (10/23) Email this Story
  Legislation, Policy and Grants 
  • N.Y. city employees may no longer drive work vehicles home
    The Ogdensburg City Council in New York voted Monday to prohibit city workers from driving city-owned work vehicles home after their shifts. The city's manager and the director of the Department of Public Works objected to the policy, saying public works employees should be allowed to have their work vehicles at home in case of an emergency while they are on call. Watertown Daily Times (N.Y.) (10/23) Email this Story
  Public Works and Infrastructure 
  ICMA News 
  • Raise the visibility of ethics at your workplace
    Now is the time to strengthen the ethical culture of your organization by ensuring that every member of your staff understands the organization's values and can deal with ethics-related, on-the-job issues. ICMA offers training, workshops and technical assistance on such ethics-related topics: Ethics at Work, the Ethical Survivor, Promoting an Ethical Culture, the Leader's Role in Building an Ethical Culture, and Elected Officials and the Public Trust. Each program can be customized for staff, leadership, elected officials, and boards and commissions. Contact the ICMA Ethics Center at (202) 962-3521 for more information. You can also visit for general information on ethics-related topics.
  • "Social Media: Are They Engaged or Asleep?": An essential ICMA Web conference
    Your fan page might have thousands of "likes," but are you truly engaging citizens? For a practical Web conference on social media engagement, Juniper Korkie, ICMA's director of digital strategies, will welcome Nannette Rodriguez, chief information officer of Miami Beach, Fla., and Michelle Bono, assistant to the city manager of Tallahassee, Fla., for "Social Media: Are They Engaged or Asleep?" at 1 p.m. Eastern on Thursday. Register to learn how to evaluate your social media strategy, deliver relevant information, creatively promote events, increase audience engagement, manage your social media reputation and measure engagement.
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