Why bosses should keep on talking | Mo. city council considers adding manager | Mass. city council fills $100,000 gap in police budget
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March 8, 2013
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Why bosses should keep on talking
Good leadership is the art of engaging in the right conversations at the right times, write Alan S. Berson and Richard G. Stieglitz. Conversations help bosses build relationships, develop leadership qualities in their direct reports, make better decisions and execute more effectively, they argue. "[I]t is something you need to do well -- consciously and unconsciously -- every minute of every day," they write. Knowledge@Wharton (3/6)
Mo. city council considers adding manager
The Kennett, Mo., City Council has opened up discussion on hiring a city manager for day-to-day operations, allowing councilors to focus on leading the community. "It's a $7 million business, and we've got 11 part-time people that's supposed to be filling in for that position," Mayor Jake Crafton said. "I feel we are losing ground more than gaining some." Councilors meet only two days per month, making it difficult to handle everyday business. Daily Dunklin Democrat (Kennett, Mo.) (3/7)
Don't Wait to Be Asked: Lead
A roadmap for increasing your influence at work. Learn more through insights from Kellogg School of Management Professor Harry Kraemer.
Budgeting and Finance
Mass. city council fills $100,000 gap in police budget
The Easthampton, Mass., City Council has unanimously agreed to use $100,000 from reserve funds to cover a budget shortfall in the Police Department. The money is in addition to $103,000 the council approved last month for overtime through the rest of the fiscal year. The council also has approved $27,000 for athletic fields and will consider $227,900 in additional funding requests during the next month. The Republican (Springfield, Mass.) (3/6)
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La. city committee seeks council's opinion on budget timeline
The Mandeville, La., Financial Oversight Committee wants the City Council to weigh in on establishing a formal timeline for budgeting. The council formed the committee last year to streamline budgeting and to make the process more efficient. In addition to establishing a timeline, the committee aims to create a revenue-estimating process that would foster more discussion on budget issues. The Times-Picayune (New Orleans) (3/6)
Emergency Management and Public Safety
Ill. city committee widens gun-offender registry
The Chicago Public Safety Committee has agreed to expand a gun-offender registry to include those who have committed a violent crime using a firearm, including armed violence, assault, battery, home invasion, kidnapping, robbery and vehicular hijacking. The committee aims to increase use of the largely ignored registry, which requires offenders to register within five days of being released from prison. Chicago Sun-Times (free registration) (3/8)
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Caucus of N.Y. city council files brief opposing police policy
The Black, Latino and Asian Caucus of the New York City Council has filed an amicus brief in a case that aims to end the Police Department's stop-and-frisk policy, which is backed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. According to the 27-member caucus, the policy has created tension between residents and police. "Despite being confronted consistently with community complaints, judicial findings and concerned legislators, the NYPD has refused to acknowledge the [policy's] adverse effects," the brief says. The Village Voice/Runnin' Scared blog (3/6)
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Economic Development, Restoration and Sustainability
Mayor hopes to turn road into Bourbon Street of Australia
Leichhardt, Australia, Mayor Darcy Byrne is urging the city councils of Leichhardt, Sydney and Marrickville to work together to revitalize an area spanning from Sydney University to Lewisham by bringing in bars, theaters, live music and other entertainment. Byrne says he wants the stretch of Parramatta Road to be similar to Bourbon Street in New Orleans. The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) (3/8)
Legislation, Policy and Grants
Wash. city council discusses surveillance-equipment legislation
The Seattle City Council is considering legislation that would require city departments to draft rules for use of surveillance equipment and attain council approval before purchase. The move comes after the council discovered that the Police Department purchased drones and installed surveillance equipment at the waterfront without notifying the public. An official proposal is expected this month. The Seattle Times (3/6)
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Public Works and Infrastructure
Calif. city council allocates money toward proposed streetcar
The Los Angeles City Council has approved 30-year funding that could total $294 million for a proposed streetcar downtown. The project has secured two-thirds of necessary funding, including the council's commitment, and supporters are looking to the federal Small Starts program for the remainder. BlogDowntown.com (Los Angeles) (3/7)
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Recognitions and Transitions
Mich. city manager is set to take over in April
The Linden, Mich., City Council has approved hiring Paul Zelenak as city manager. Zelenak will take over in April from Police Chief Scott Sutter, who has been interim city manager since September. Zelenak is Lake Orion's village manager. The Flint Journal (Mich.) (3/7)
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 sburnett@icma.org 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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