ICMA Webinar: “Strategies for Having Difficult Conversations”

“Effective Communication of Complex Issues to the Public” — ICMA Coaching Program webinar

9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Pacific Time, Thursday, September 7, 2017.

Register now for this no-charge webinar.

Topics:
What’s working to communicate complex issues effectively?
How do you choose the right approach for the topic?
What are helpful examples of concrete applications and do’s and don’ts?

August 2017 New Members

The following membership applications have been received. If no current member comes forth with a reason why these applicants should not be approved as members, he/she will be invoiced for dues. Joan Goodrich, District IV, Economic Development Director, City of Delray Beach, Affiliate Member; and Stan Morris, District V, Deputy City Manager, City of Sunny Isles…

JULY 2017 INNOVATION EDGE

By Sallie Ann Burnett, East Regional Director, Alliance for Innovation It’s Time to Put Your Organization’s Innovations on Paper And, submit a Case Study application for the TLG 2018 Conference, which will be held in Tacoma, Washington, April 3-6. Alliance members are a community that grows stronger by sharing stories and successes. Let us hear…

PMM: Town of Dundee 25th Anniversary

FCCMA Member Ken Fields presented a certificate on June 27, 2017 to the Dundee Commission recognizing the Town for its 25th anniversary of operation under the commission-manager form of government. Pictured: Lake Wales City Manager Ken Fields and Dundee Interim Town Manager Deena Ware.

PMM Committee Request: Information About Internships

The Public Management Matters (PMM) committee needs your help.  We are researching internship opportunities throughout the state; which we can compile and communicate to the “next generation” through our local student chapters. Our goal is to bring talent to Florida and stimulate interest in the affairs of City/ County Management. Tell us about your internship…

Norman W. Hickey Obituary

  Norman W. Hickey, 89, passed away on Wednesday, July 19th 2017. Mr. Hickey was a previously a President of the ICCMA and served as city manager in Daytona Beach, FL, Titusville, FL, and St. Petersburg, FL, he also served as a County Administrator for Hillsborough County, FL. He is survived by his wife of…

July 2017 President’s Message

Most of us have been busy in recent weeks putting together our budgets and reviewing them with our elected officials. The FCCMA has the same October 1 budget year. Our committees have been active and many have provided budget recommendations. A draft FCCMA budget has been reviewed by the Executive Committee and will be presented…

My Crystal Ball Reveals… Change is Inevitable 

by Gina Peebles, CPRP, Assistant County Manager for Community and Administrative Services, Alachua County If you are a long-time resident of your community, you may reminisce about how things used to be in the “good ol’ days.”  I remember seeing a photograph published in our local newspaper of a major intersection from 50 years prior…

ICMA Webinar: “Effective Communication of Complex Issues to the Public”

“Effective Communication of Complex Issues to the Public” — ICMA Coaching Program webinar

9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Pacific Time, Thursday, September 7, 2017.

Register now for this no-charge webinar.

Topics:
What’s working to communicate complex issues effectively?
How do you choose the right approach for the topic?
What are helpful examples of concrete applications and do’s and don’ts?

Damaged Pipeline: What should you do?

Media Contact: (386) 575-2050 Wendy.schaefer@sunshine811.com LOCAL, FEDERAL LAW REQUIRES CALL TO 911 WHEN PIPELINE DAMAGED Sunshine 811 provides tools to reduce likelihood of damages and max federal fines up to $2 million DEBARY, FL, (June 21, 2017) – Effective July 1, 2017, Florida excavators will be required to call 911 to report any contact with…

Our Changing Workforce and Emergency Management Plans 

Our Changing Workforce and Emergency Management Plans  By: Wanda Kimsey, Student St. Petersburg College, Public Policy and Administration Program wanda.kimsey@gmail.com July 2017 As city and county managers you are very familiar with the ever changing dynamics in the public sector workforce.  Communication and collaboration between agencies is extremely valuable, as is the sharing of institutional knowledge among the leaders…

July 2017 New Members

The following membership application has been received. If no current member comes forth with a reason why this applicant should not be approved as a member, he/she will be invoiced for dues. Greg Chavarria, District V, Assistant City Manager, City of Hallandale Beach, Full Member; Jeremy Earle, District V, Assistant City Manager, City of Hallandale Beach,…

2017 Exhibitors and Sponsors at the Annual Conference

The Florida City and County Management Association would like to thank the following exhibitors and sponsors for their participation in the 2017 Annual Conference at the Hilton Orlando. The Association appreciates the many years of support and your part in making it a good experience for all of the members. Ajax Building Corporation · Amec…

2017 Newly Credentialed Managers

The following Floridians were recognized at the FCCMA Annual Conference at the Hilton Orlando for becoming a newly credentialed manager: William Alonso, City Manager, Miami Springs Mark Cunningham, Assistant County Administrator, Sarasota County Jennifer M. Frastai, Director of Engineering and Community Development, Oakland Park Jorge Gonzalez, Village Manager, Bal Harbour Frederick Murry, Assistant City Manager,…

FCCMA Announces 2017 Award Recipients

At its annual conference at the Hilton Orlando, the Florida City and County Management Association (FCCMA) presented its 2017 awards to individuals for significant contributions to the management of local government in Florida. “Every year, FCCMA gathers to honor members who are receiving these awards for their outstanding contributions to the profession and to this…

Program Year 2017 – 2018 Board of Directors

At the 2017 Annual Conference, the business meeting and elections resulted in the following new members on the Board of Directors: President: Jim Hanson, Town Manager, Orange Park President-Elect: Michael Cernech, City Manager, Tamarac Secretary/Treasurer: Shannon Lewis, Assistant City Manager, Melbourne Past President: Robert (Bobby) Green, City Manager, Auburndale District I Director: Michael Beedie, City Manager, Fort Walton Beach District…

June 2017 President’s Message

It’s a great honor to serve as the FCCMA President this year.  It provides an opportunity for me to give back to many people and to a profession that have helped me so much over the years. When I started in local government almost 41 years ago, I had no clue of where it would…

June 2017 Message from the Executive Director

We’ve just returned from an excellent annual conference. Our goal is the make the value of this educational event second to none for our members. The conference provides three-plus days of workshops, sessions and top-notch speakers, along with opportunities for peer-sharing. Hopefully, this face-to-face interaction with your association and your peers doesn’t end with the…

Presenting Your Budget to the Public

FLCU and FCCMA have partnered to bring you a free online learning opportunity. The webinar will be held Tuesday, August 8, 2017 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time. One of the toughest jobs city staff and officials face each year is making sense of the municipal budget for a variety of audiences. Fiscal hawks, community activists, local…

2017 Records Management: Live Webinar Series

The Florida Institute of Government is offering a newly updated Records Management: Live Webinar Series to all Florida public agency records custodians, Records Management Liaison Officers (RMLO), management and staff. This six hour webinar series is scheduled in two hour increments over three consecutive Wednesdays in August, 2017. The program, conducted in partnership with the Florida Department…

Medical Marijuana and Your City: Facts, Fiction and Moving Forward

Free FLC Research Symposium Wednesday, August 16 | 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Orlando World Center Marriott In 2016, Florida’s voters approved a Constitutional amendment legalizing the production, distribution and use of medical marijuana. The implementation of this amendment will require legislation, administrative rule and the development of complex processes for growers, doctors and…

June 2017 New Members

The following membership applications have been received. If no current member comes forth with a reason why these applicants should not be approved as members, he/she will be invoiced for dues. Joseph A. Baird, District IV, Life Member; Desiree Casanova, District V, Masters of Public Administration, Nova Southeastern University, Student Member; Diana Gallego, District III, Masters of…

ICMA 103rd Annual Conference

ICMA 103rd Annual Conference October 22-25, 2017 Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center San Antonio/Bexar County, Texas Housing and registration open online at 12 noon EDT on Wednesday, June 28. Preliminary program materials will be published in the July issue of PM magazine.  Detailed information will be available on the conference website, icma.org/conference. Registration fees  (Includes…

Governor Signs Public Records/Attorneys Fees

On May 23, 2017, Governor Scott signed a bill relating to public records/attorney fees. To implement various protections under the new law, immediate action is required by your city (primarily posting the contact information for the city’s custodian of public records, which is a defined term under Chapter 119, Florida Statutes). The memo includes a…

May 2017 New Members

The following membership applications have been received. If no current member comes forth with a reason why these applicants should not be approved as members, he/she will be invoiced for dues. David R. Allen, Masters of Public Administration, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, Student Member; Daniel Biles, District VII, County Administrator, Pasco County, Full Member; Edward…

April 2017 Message from the Executive Director

“In this world you’re either growing or you’re dying, so get in motion and grow.”  Lou Holtz This quote is applicable to all FCCMA members, regardless of age or position.  Whether you’re 20 or 80, there is always room to grow, learn, and improve.  The FCCMA Annual Conference offers the perfect opportunity to do all of…

Keynote and Featured Speakers at the 2017 ICMA Annual Conference

ICMA announces the Keynote and Feature Speakers Sunday, October 22 Opening Session, 3–5 p.m Rabia Siddique: Courage Under Fire The Opening General Session of ICMA’s 103rd Annual Conference will feature an inspirational presentation by Rabia Siddique, a former war crimes and terrorism prosecutor, international humanitarian, retired British Army officer, hostage survivor, and mother of triplets.…

April 2017 Innovation Edge

By Sallie Ann Burnett, East Regional Director, Alliance for Innovation Sparking Innovation How do you spark innovation in your organization? Try an Innovation and Technology Fair. In October, Hennepin County’s Center of Innovation and Excellence and IT departments partnered for an Innovation and Technology Fair (lovingly referred to by Mike Sable as “Innotechxpo”). The event…

JOSEPH YARBROUGH, CITY MANAGER, SOUTH DAYTONA

How long have you been a FCCMA member? 30 years  Are you an ICMA member and if so, how long? 42 years Please describe your areas of formal/advanced education. Political Science and MPA – University of Tennessee What got you interested in public service? My father was a journalist and political activist, seeking or holding…

Setting the Standard for Customer Service

How Marion County began living its plan to move from good to great By Brian Moree, Assistant County Administrator, Marion County Setting the standard for customer service: though the phrase itself is nearly as common as images of mountains on inspirational posters, it’s less common to find organizations truly striving to study and embody what…

Active Shooter Workshop: Part of Safe Cities, Safe Florida Initiative

Florida has encountered several incidents in recent times where local governments have needed to respond to active shooters. Knowing what to do saves lives. Join your intergovernmental colleagues for a dynamic workshop on planning for, responding to and learning from active shooter scenarios. This one-day workshop is offered in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. WHO SHOULD…

Best Practices in Citizen/Customer Service Webinar

The ICMA Coaching Program invites you and your team to this free webinar: “Best Practices in Citizen/Customer Service” — ICMA Coaching Program webinar 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Pacific Time (1:00-2:30 p.m. Eastern), Thursday, May 11, 2017 Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4812060297331296002 Topics: What are agencies doing to raise the bar of service delivery and cost effectiveness?…

Supervisor to Leader: Road Map to Success

 An Interactive Webinar Series   The Florida Institute of Government (IOG) is pleased to announce the following webinar series: From Supervisor to Leader: Road Map to Success. This interactive webinar series will be held on three consecutive Thursdays:  May 11, May 18, and May 25, 2017, from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon (EDT.) Typically a three-day long program taught…

2017 CityStats Survey Now Underway

The annual CityStats survey is the cornerstone of most research and analysis done at the Florida League of Cities. Now in its seventh year, the CityStats survey has allowed for analysis of municipal government policies and programs by both League staff and university research institutes. The 2017 survey is now being conducted online via survey…

2017 ICMA Conference Scholarships

ICMA’s Conference scholarships are part of its commitment to attracting a wide and diverse group of people into the local government management profession, developing and mentoring early-to-mid-career professionals already in the field and helping members working in smaller communities. Experience the value of the Annual Conference, below is a list of the scholarship opportunities offered: 2017…

April 2017 New Members

The following membership applications have been received. If no current member comes forth with a reason why these applicants should not be approved as members, he/she will be invoiced for dues. Salem J. Abraham, District I, Masters of Public Administration, Florida State University, Student Member; Torey Alston, District VII, Equal Opportunity Director, City of Gainesville, Affiliate Member;…

Professional Management Matters

By: Katherine Dunn Did you know that Professional Management Matters (PMM) was the Florida City/County Management Associations’ response to ICMA’s Life, Well Run campaign for the state of Florida? FCCMA’s goal is to highlight the benefits of the council manager form of government and to explore real life examples of how the collaboration between professional…

In Memoriam of FCCMA Member Robert Adolphe

Robert Adolphe, Deputy County Administrator of St. Lucie County, passed away Saturday, March 11, 2017. He has been a member since June 2015. “He was a good guy and a good public servant,” said County Administrator Howard Tipton.

Adolphe is survived by his wife Betsy and their four children.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

 

 

March 2017 New Members

The following membership applications have been received. If no current member comes forth with a reason why these applicants should not be approved as members, he/she will be invoiced for dues. Raleigh Barnes, District VII, Masters of Public Administration, University of South Florida, Student Member; Elizabeth Cardenas, District VII, Special Projects Manager, Hillsborough County, Affiliate Member; Peter…

February 2017 Message from the Executive Director

The FCCMA Nominating Committee met last Friday to interview candidates for Secretary-Treasurer and At-Large Director.  Nine candidates, two for Secretary-Treasurer and seven for two At-Large positions, were interviewed throughout the day.  I was blown away by the quality of the candidates interviewed and know that FCCMA will be in good hands in the future.  Here…

Experience Global Impact. Host a YSEALI Fellow this Spring!

ICMA is calling on local governments to host Young Southeast Asia Leadership Initiative (YSEALI) Professional Fellows, a program funded by the U.S. Department of State, April 29 – May 27. The program brings participants from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam to the U.S. for a four-week fellowship. The…

Florida Association of Counties: 2017 Ethics, Public Records and Sunshine Laws Workshop

During the 2013 Legislative Session, the Florida legislature passed new ethics legislation requiring Commissioners and other Constitutional Officers take four hours of Ethics programming each calendar year.  This workshop is open to Commissioners, County Staff and all other Constitutional Officers.  Participants who complete this workshop in its entirety will receive 6 core credits toward the CCC…

FLC University Summit Series: Safe Cities, Safe Florida

“Your City at Risk: Be Prepared” Crestview – March 3 • Altamonte Springs – March 24 • St. Pete Beach – March 31 DESCRIPTION: Accidents. Disasters. Response. Every hour of every day, Florida’s municipalities deliver a wide variety of services smoothly and efficiently. However, we know from media reports that all too often, accidents and disasters do occur .…

2017 ICMA Annual Conference

The 2017 ICMA Annual Conference will be heldOctober 22-25, 2017 in San Antonio, TX. The preliminary program will be provided in the July issue of PM magazine. Dozens of concurrent educational sessions in 6 theme tracks and 4 career tracks developed by the 2017 Conference Planning Committee: Contemporary Local Law Enforcement Diversity, Inclusivity, and Social…

ICMA Student Chapter at Florida Atlantic University

At its monthly meeting on Friday, February 17, 2017, the Palm Beach County City Management Association (PBCCMA) donated $1000 to the newly established ICMA Student Chapter at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) in Boca Raton, Florida. The Student Chapter of ICMA at FAU is a new organization.  It’s first President is Maylee De Jesus, a current…

February 2017 New Members

The following membership applications have been received. If no current member comes forth with a reason why these applicants should not be approved as members, he/she will be invoiced for dues. Cathy DeKarz, District VII, Management Analyst, Town of Belleair, Affiliate Member; Bob Francis, Executive Director, Mid-Columbia Council of Governments, Affiliate Member; Charity Good, District V,…

January 2017 Message from the Executive Director

The 2017 Florida Legislative Session begins Tuesday, March 7th; however, the legislature has already fired up the train and is moving full steam ahead with proposed legislation.  It seems like they get started earlier and earlier each year.  They were in town last week and are already hearing bills in committee.  While the first few…

Grants: A 360 Degree Perspective

Join the Florida League of Cities University on February 24, 2017 in Tallahassee for a full day of learning from the different perspectives of grant professionals. The registration deadline is February 14. This workshop is free to FLC member cities. Online registration is required by the deadline to guarantee a seat and a lunch. We…

Your Path to Government Efficiency Starts Here

Streamline – Your Path to Government Efficiency Starts Here is a book authored by ICMA member Richard Baron.  Richard is the Process & Project Coordinator for Coconino County in Arizona.  He wrote the book to teach Lean Government in simple language. The book is a business novel and follows the struggles of Sam McConnell, a…

Call for Nominations is Open for the 2017 ICMA Local Government Excellence Awards

Celebrate the profession by nominating a colleague or your community for a 2017 Local Government Excellence Award Each year, ICMA recognizes outstanding contributions to the local government management profession through the Local Government Excellence Awards Program. This is an opportunity for both local government professionals and local governments to receive recognition. Awards are presented to individuals…

ICMA Student Chapters Make a Difference

By Mike Grebosz, Assistant City Manager, DeLand, FL Being a part of the FCCMA Student Council Subcommittee since 2011 and helping get the UCF Student Chapter off the ground, I have seen the positive impact ICMA Student Chapters have had on students, local governments and the profession. Within the City of DeLand, we have hired…

January 2017 New Members

The following membership applications have been received. If no current member comes forth with a reason why these applicants should not be approved as members, he/she will be invoiced for dues. Austin Blake, District III, Management Analyst, City of Kissimmee, Affiliate Member; Tasha Epps, District I, Masters of Public Administration, Penn State, Student Member; Tracy Gogichaishvili, District…

December 2016 Message from the Executive Director

For only the third time in the state’s history, the Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) will meet in 2017 to review the framework that is the foundation of Florida’s government. The CRC’s review of Florida’s Constitution could impact every aspect of our daily lives- education, health care, natural resources, economic development, crime, taxes and how our…

Ethics Connections Program

The Center for Applied Ethics at Palm Beach State College will hold a three-part ethical empowerment certificate program for navigating the “New Normal” with values, ethics and integrity. Ethical Excellence Seminar will be held Friday, January 20, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Experience this highly interactive session that provides the tools, skills and strategies…

Norton Bonaparte, City Manager, Sanford

How long have you been a FCCMA member? Since 2011 Are you an ICMA member and if so, how long? Yes, starting in 1977 Please describe your areas of formal/advanced education. I have a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, a   Master of Public Administration from Cornell University’s Graduate School…

City of Sanford Citizens Academy

By Lisa Holder, Communications Officer, City of Sanford Local government is government closest to the people, it’s where the “rubber meets the road.” This local turf, called the public sector, is accessible and thrives on citizen engagement.  Couple that with the opportunity to educate the citizenry and you have a magical formula that equals the…

How St. Petersburg, FL Uses the SeeClickFix Tool to Engage Citizens During Times of Disruption, Crisis

City of St. Petersburg, FL; David Flintom December 6, 2016 | 4:01 PM THIS BLOG POST HAS BEEN WRITTEN BY GUEST CONTRIBUTOR, DAVID FLINTOM, MAYOR’S ACTION CENTER, DIRECTOR, ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA St. Petersburg has been a partner with SeeClickFix for over two years, and we have found great success with this tool for citizen engagement.  From potholes…

December 2016 New Members

The following membership applications have been received. If no current member comes forth with a reason why these applicants should not be approved as members, he/she will be invoiced for dues. Brenda Fettrow, District III, City Manager, City of Rockledge, Full Member; William Kauffman, District VII, Assistant City Manager, City of Ocala, Full Member; and…

Promoting Professional Management

The following was a letter to the editor of the Daytona Beach News from Howard D. Tipton. Dr. Hart Long of Daytona Beach recently passed away. He was one of those outstanding citizens who could be described in a number of ways–I would say “Always there, always working for good government.” He left a special…

A CASE STUDY FOR ABANDONED MUNICIPAL CEMETERIES

By: David S. Johnson, MPA Assistant to the City Manager, Haines City, FL INTRODUCTION During the spring of 2015, a young couple from New York came into city hall to speak with Haines City’s then new City Clerk, Linda Bourgeois. Their request seemed simple—they wanted to verify the final resting place of the husband’s mother,…

November 2016 Innovation Edge

By Sallie Ann Burnett, East Regional Director, Alliance for Innovation At the recent BIG Ideas meeting in Dublin, Ohio, the Alliance Board of Directors approved  a plan to be the catalyst for vibrant communities through local government innovation. Our focus over the next four years will be supporting and growing a network of local government innovators, leveraging…

ICMA Update for November 2016

Life Well Run Community Heroes If you look around your community, you’ll find people using their talents each day to improve our quality of life. Some are in very public roles-like police officers or teachers. Others keep the roads maintained, collect recycling, beautify our parks and public spaces. We’re capturing profiles of these community heroes…

Welcome Linda Bridges

The Florida League of Cities has recently promoted 34-year League veteran, Linda Bridges, to Director of Association Services. In this role, Linda and her staff, will work with the Florida City and County Management Association, and other associations managed by the Florida League of Cities, to provide administrative/operational/day-to-day services to the executive director, board and…

November 2016 New Members

The following membership applications have been received. If no current member comes forth with a reason why these applicants should not be approved as members, he/she will be invoiced for dues. Phil Alleyne, District V, City Manager, City of Lauderdale Lakes, Full Member; Kenneth G. Cassel, District IV, City Manager, City of Westlake, Affiliate Member; Michael Esposito,…