2020 Census LUCA Technical Training Sessions Have Been Scheduled in Your Area

These free programs will be presented by the U.S. Census Bureau Atlanta Regional Office Geography Department.  You may find the schedule and register here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2020LUCATECHNICAL PURPOSE The purpose of the Local Update of Census Address (LUCA) trainings are to provide the technical details for participation, including map and address list updating, geocoding, and other details.…

November 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, they will be invoiced for dues. Paula Baracaldo, District VII, Assistant to the County Administrator, Pasco County, Affiliate Member; Al Braithwaite, District VII, City Manager, City of Oldsmar, Full Member; Shantavia…

Internships: A Hidden Asset in Your Community

By Jamie Titcomb, Town Manager Ocean Ridge During my 20-plus years in public service positions, I’ve always been a passionate advocate for utilizing our best hidden asset we have right in our communities: our bright, motivated, earnest and energetic youth! They are all around us, in our high schools, colleges and vocational/technical programs. How many…

October 2017 President’s Message

One of FCCMA’s priorities this year is to increase the amount and type of training offered. The Professional Development Committee has prepared training on a variety of subjects in different venues with a focus on low-cost and high value. This is particularly important for those of us from smaller cities with limited travel budgets and…

ICMA Coaching Program Topics

The ICMA Coaching Program develops webinar topics through the ICMA State Association and Outreach Coaching Partners and their affiliates. ICMA begins with suggestions received and then invites the Partners to use an online survey in November to prioritize them, advise about scheduling issues, and recommend presenters. ICMA looks for a diversity of topics and presenters…

Certified Public Manager Program

Dates The Level 1 class is scheduled for Tuesday-Friday, Nov 28-Dec 1, 2017. Schedule The class will run from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. There will be morning and afternoon breaks, plus an hour and 15 minutes for lunch. Location The class will be held at the Rohde Building, 401 N.W. 2 Avenue, Miami, FL…

October 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, they will be invoiced for dues. Jennifer Bramley, District VII, City Manager, City of Dunedin, Full Member; Joe N. Halman, Jr., District VIII, Deputy County Manager, Polk County, Full Member; Boniswa Joseph, District…

September 2017 President’s Message

Hurricane Irma is now past and, while the cleanup and rebuilding will continue for weeks or months, we should take a minute to reflect on all that we have been through. As managers, some of our biggest challenges are in responding to natural disasters. If you have worked in Florida for very long, it’s likely…

In Memoriam of Hugh Williams

Hugh David Williams, 83, of Merritt Island, passed away on September 20, 2017 at A&M Assisted Living Facility in West Melbourne. He was a member of FCCMA for 38 years and an honorary member since 2004. He spent his lifetime devoted to city/town management beginning his career in the 1960’s in his native Pennsylvania. During…

Parliamentary Procedure Webinar

Thursday, October 26, 2017 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm (EDT) Course fee: $95 Are your meetings out of control, lengthy, confusing? Parliamentary procedure is a useful tool for conducting meetings, assuring fairness, and completing business in an orderly manner. People who are knowledgeable about Robert’s Rules of Order can improve the quality of meetings and frequently affect…

ICMA Webinar: Tools to Resolve Tough Issues in Your Community

10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Pacific Time, Thursday, November 9, 2017 Register now for this no-charge webinar open to all persons interested in local government: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6993253872327827714            Topics: What are challenging, controversial issues that local governments face? What are best practices that local government professionals can apply to help their communities resolve them? What are effective…

September 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, they will be invoiced for dues. Marcus Roman, District V, Masters of Public Administration, Florida International University Student Member; and Jacob Schrader, District I, Masters of Public Administration, Troy University, Student…

Charlotte County Wins NACIO Best in Class Award

By Brian Gleason, Communications Manager, Administration – Public Information Office, Charlotte County Board of County Commissioners Charlotte County’s CC-TV earned the National Association of County Information Officers’ Best in Class Award in the Audio/Visual category for its video featuring singer Justin Timberlake’s hit song, “Can’t Stop The Feeling.” CC-TV Television Production Specialist Todd Dunn and…

Florida Supreme Court May Decide Fate of Liens Recorded After Foreclosure Judgments

James Ober v. Town of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Fourth District Court of Appeals, Case No. 4D14-4597 (Broward County Circuit Court, Case Number CACE 14-006782 (05)). Real estate investors, municipalities, and community associations may gain some clarity about post-judgment liens if the Florida Supreme Court decides to hear Ober v. Town of Lauderdale By-the-Sea, Case No.: 4D14-4597 (Fla.…

August 2017 INNOVATION EDGE

By Sallie Ann Burnett, East Regional Director, Alliance for Innovation All Up in Your Face Technology can help train employees and foster organizational development, but virtual experiences like webinars and online networks cannot replace the community cohesion that occurs when workers learn together in person. Communities of practice, or learning networks, gather employees in the…

ICMA: Looking for a Few Good Heroes

The blog, “Looking for a Few Good Heroes,” is now available at: http://lifewellrun.org/looking-for-a-few-good-heroes/ and features the work of Sally Sullivan, administrative assistant from Indian Harbour Beach. In addition to Sally Sullivan’s Community Heroes story, ICMA has some great success stories from Florida posted on its website at: http://lifewellrun.org/success-stories-list/. ICMA is always looking for ways to recognize and celebrate the value of…

2017 FLC University Fall Summit Series

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: PLANS, PARTNERS AND POTENTIAL Locations: Southwest Florida: North Port – September 29 Northwest Florida: Panama City – October 6 Northeast and Central Florida: Gainesville – October 20 Southeast Florida: Cutler Bay – November 3 DESCRIPTION: Economic activity in the right form and at the right level is essential to the well-being of every city.…

August 2017 President’s Message

Ethics. It’s been a founding principle of our profession since the creation of the ICMA over 100 years ago. And it has never been more important than in these times of “fake news,” hyper-partisanship and widespread distrust in government at all levels. Ethical choices confront us every day and our staff, elected officials and the…

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. Daniel Alfonso, District V, City Manager, City of Miami, Full Member; Joan Goodrich, District IV, Economic Development Director, City of Delray Beach, Affiliate Member; Stan…

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 .…