Saying "I'm sorry" can save relationships | Budget woes prompt N.C. city hiring freeze, overtime ban | Ind. county forms peer-support group for emergency responders
February 13, 2019
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Leadership and Management
Saying "I'm sorry" can save relationships
Look at apologizing as a way of accepting responsibility for a mistake and not necessarily as an admission of guilt. "If you value the relationship more than being right, are willing to lose a small battle for the sake of winning the larger war, or need to take one for your team, it's OK to apologize -- even if you've done nothing wrong," writes Randy Conley.
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Budgeting and Finance
Budget woes prompt N.C. city hiring freeze, overtime ban
Winston-Salem City Manager Lee Garrity has instituted a staff hiring freeze and overtime ban as the city faces an estimated $7.8 million shortfall in the upcoming fiscal year. Garrity says the new rules will not apply to police officers, firefighters or city sanitation workers.
Winston-Salem Journal (N.C.) (2/11) 
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Webinar - Excel Lover’s Guide to Enhancing Budget
Register for our upcoming webinar on February 27th and hear from our panel of experts on: three strategies hundreds of government agencies are leveraging to compliment the use of Excel and increase efficiency in their budgeting process.
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Emergency Management and Public Safety
Ind. county forms peer-support group for emergency responders
St. Joseph County, Ind., has developed a peer-support group for its 911 dispatchers to help prevent difficult days from becoming overwhelming. "Peer supporters are trained to be alongside people, look for signs that they're struggling, and bridge them to evidence-based treatment providers," said Jim Marshall of the 911 Training Institute in Petoskey, Mich.
South Bend Tribune (Ind.) (tiered subscription model) (2/10) 
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Economic Development, Restoration and Sustainability
District weighs cost of potential switch to paper trays
A Maryland county is considering requiring takeout containers and school meal trays be made from paper instead of polystyrene. Opponents of the measure, however, say the switch could cost the district between $290,000 and $676,000.
WTOP-FM (Washington, D.C.) (2/11) 
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Legislation, Policy and Grants
Sandusky, Ohio, ends Columbus Day, makes Election Day a paid holiday
Sandusky, Ohio, has eliminated Columbus Day as a paid holiday for city employees and will designate Election Day as a paid holiday instead. The city also provides free rides to the polls through the Erie County transportation system.
CNN (2/9),  National Public Radio (2/8) 
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Amsterdam mayor pursues red-light district changes
Amsterdam mayor pursues red-light district changes
(Koen Van Weel/AFP/Getty Images)
Amsterdam Mayor Femke Halsema is proposing reforms to the city's red-light district as tourists are increasingly humiliating prostitutes, and unlicensed prostitution is growing. "I can understand why a lot of Amsterdammers think: This is not the way we want prostitution to be or how it was supposed to be," she says.
DutchNews (Netherlands) (2/11) 
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Human Resources and Development
Ga. district to offer free after-school meals
Students in a Georgia school district now have access to free dinners after the school day ends. Danielle Freeman, Douglas County Schools' executive director of school nutrition, says the meals include a meat, fruits and veggies, plus a grain.
WSB-TV (Atlanta) (2/11) 
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Recognitions and Transitions
Anderson, S.C., taps assistant manager to take over
Assistant City Manager David McCuen IV will take over the post of city manager in Anderson, S.C., on Saturday, following Linda McConnell's retirement. "We are fortunate to have David ready to step into this critical role in the leadership of our city," says Mayor Terence Roberts.
WHNS-TV (Greenville, S.C.) (2/11) 
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ICMA News
Mid-career professionals: Develop signature leadership practices and strengthen core management skills
The ICMA University Mid-Career Managers Institute invites you to climb the professional mountain with others who are midway in their career of local government management and who share your commitment to professional development. The MCMI -- designed for managers or assistants not yet eligible to be credentialed; individuals who hold a leadership position in a military, public/private-sector, or academic organization; or those looking for their next challenge -- provides focused learning, mentorship from an ICMA-credentialed manager mentor and much more. Learn about the program and apply by March 29.
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ICMA honors mentors across the local government profession
In celebration of National Mentoring Month, ICMA recognizes and honors great mentors within the local government profession through the Outstanding Mentor Awards. The turnout was great, and each nominee embodied the characteristics of an exceptional mentor, committed to building the pipeline of future leaders. Check out this year's award recipients, as well as the other mentors recognized for advancing the local government profession.
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