August 2018 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. Andy Anderson, District III, Acting Deputy City Manager, City of Palm Bay, Full Member; and Richard Collins, District VI, Emergency Services Director, Sarasota County,…

Honest Services Act

The John Scott Dailey Institute of Government at Florida State University is offering a webinar on the Honest Services Act. This webinar will be held August 28th at 10:00 a.m. for $75. Ethics training is good, but it is not enough! In this one-hour webinar, leading county attorney Herb Thiele explains the Honest Services Act and…

Getting Involved in Legislative Advocacy

I was recently asked, “John, why did you get involved in legislative advocacy?” My background in public service, prior to becoming a city manager, was in economic development, community redevelopment, brownfields redevelopment and planning.  While I generally understood the legislative process and the difference between Dillon’s Rule and Home Rule, I didn’t become more involved…

July 2018 President’s Message

Greetings FCCMA members and let me wish all of you a great and hurricane free summer! Much is going on with FCCMA, our committees are in action, doing the business of our organization. Your Board of Directors is also busy, developing the training schedule for your districts preparing for our long slate of yearly activities…

Cooperating with USF

By Steve Spina, City Manager, Zephyrhills Internships, mentoring programs and classroom projects provide valuable learning experiences for students participating in them, but bring real and substantial benefits to the local governments investing in them and working with these students. The City of Zephyrhills has partnered with the University of South Florida Master of Administration (MPA)…

ICMA Women Leading Government Florida

Join your colleagues on August 17 at the Le Meridien in Tampa, Florida for a day-long professional development workshop on advancing women in the local government profession. The session will be held from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET. The speakers are: Joyce E. Bono – Joyce Bono is the W. A. McGriff III Professor…

Investing in Interns

By Gina Peebles, Assistant County Manager, Alachua County Does your local government invest in interns?  According to Forbes (Dec. 6, 2011), there are five reasons you should: New perspective on organizational issues Ease of use with technology It’s a trial period that could lead to something more Help with projects or tasks that you’re struggling…

July 2018 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. Reese Goad, District I, Interim City Manager, City of Tallahassee, Full Member; Sane Haidara, District VII, Master of Public Administration, University of South Florida,…

FCCMA 2018 Sponsors and Exhibitors

The Florida City and County Management Association thanks the following sponsors and exhibitors. SIGNATURE Public Risk Insurance Agency DIAMOND Benecon Florida Municipal Insurance Trust Florida PACE Funding Government Services Group, Inc. ICMA Retirement Corporation Inframark Johnson Controls, Inc. Magellan Advisors, LLC Management Partners National Water Main Cleaning Company Real Estate Asset Disposition Corp. SeeClickFix VC3…

2017 – 2018 Newly-Credentialed Managers

Congratulations to the ICMA Newly-Credentialed Managers! Rafael Casals, Town Manager, Cutler Bay Charles Chapman, County Administrator, Hendry County Robbie Chartier, County Administrator, Okeechobee County Joseph Helfenberger, Saint Cloud Ramiro Inguanzo, Assistant Village Manager, Bal Harbour Juan Jimenez, Assistant Town Manager, Bay Harbor Islands Brad Johnson, Deputy City Manager, Lakeland Douglas Lewis, City Manager, Pinellas Park

FCCMA 2018 Awards and Scholarships Recipients

Richard (Dick) Simmons Lifetime Achievement Award A. William Moss, City Manager, Naples President’s Award Gene Strickland, Former City Manager, Lakeland If You Care, You Do! Mark Cunningham, Assistant County Administrator, Sarasota County Mark Ryan, City Manager, Indian Harbour Beach Michael J. Roberto Award for Career Development Carl Schwing, Former City Manager, Bonita Springs Award for…

FCCMA 2018 Years of Service Award Recipients

Five Years Heather Bacus Michele L. Baker Courtney Barker Michael D. Beedie Andrew D. Berns Bolton Partners, Inc. Lori S. Bonino Matthew Campbell Rafael G. Casals Mark A. Cunningham Lee Evett Charity Good Jeffrey Green Ryan Henderson Lisa Hendrickson Richard Johnson Kevin Keogh Richard J. Lemack Douglas A. Lewis Stefan Massol Maria A. Menendez Nick…

June 2018 President’s Message

It is both an honor and a privilege to serve as your 2018/2019 FCCMA President and lead the Board of Directors. Your FCCMA Executive Committee, District Directors and At-Large Directors have all committed to make the 2018/2019 board year FCCMA’s best ever. The bar has been set very high, year after year each President and…

FCCMA welcomes the Florida Municipal Communicators Association (FMCA)

A new association dedicated entirely to the communication efforts of Florida’s municipal governments officially launched this week. The Florida Municipal Communicators Association (FMCA) is a professional network of individuals providing communications leadership and support in Florida’s cities, towns and villages. The only association of its kind in Florida, the FMCA offers communications professionals opportunities to…

In Remembrance of Betty Baker

Betty Baker passed away at the age of 69 in Gainesville on June 24, 2018. She has been a FCCMA member since 2002. She served as administrative services director and deputy county manager before becoming manager in July 2013. She was the first African-American county manager to serve Alachua County. After retiring from Alachua County,…

June 2018 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. Issac R. Brownman, District VI, Director, Public Works, Town of Longboat Key, Affiliate Member; Cheryl Kleen, District IV, Bachelor of Public Management, Florida Atlantic University,…

FCCMA Welcomes Emerging Leaders at First ICMA Student Chapter Summit

The following article was printed in the ICMA Newsletter, June 6, 2018. FCCMA organizes a student-only summit developed specifically to engage Florida MPA students. FCCMA scholarship winners from Florida Gulf Coast University (FCCMA, 2018) The ICMA Student Chapter Summit, a new initiative developed by the Florida City/County Management Association (FCCMA) specifically to engage Florida MPA students, took…

In Remembrance of Francis Thomas Kain

Francis Thomas Kain passed away at the age of 95 in Daytona Beach on May 31, 2018. He served in local governments throughout Florida and Georgia from 1951 – 1987. He served as deputy clerk in Miami-Dade County, assistant city manager in Vero Beach, assistant public works director, public works director and assistant city manager…

Public Records Management and Parliamentary Procedure

The Florida Institute of Government announces two new courses in its online learning community. Public Records Management Parliamentary Procedure are now available! These two vitally important courses are the first of many that will be launched in the coming months. All courses in the Institute’s Online Learning Community are available 24/7. Visit the IOG website for more…

May 2018 President’s Message

It has been a great honor and privilege to serve as your President over the last year. It has provided an opportunity to pay back so many others who have helped me during my 41-year career managing local governments. Many of those have passed, so the best way to give back is to “pay it…

ICMA 2018 Southeast Regional Summit

FCCMA distributed copies of the Ethics Matter posters at the recent ICMA Southeast Regional Summit. These posters were a joint project of the Gainesville Sun and FCCMA. Florida leads the way in its commitment to ethics! Pictured are FCCMA President Jim Hanson, ICMA President David Johnstone and ICMA SE Regional Director Randy Reid.

Leading Resilient Communities

Please join the Riley Center for Livable Communities at the College of Charleston and the Government Finance Officers Association for a two-day conference with other local government leaders from around the country to learn more about building and leading resilient communities and the GFOA’s new Financial Sustainability Framework. The conference will take place June 28-29, 2018 in Charleston, SC.…

Tuition Awards from Nova Southeastern University

Interested in receiving a Master of Public Administration? Nova Southeastern University offers an MPA in State and Local Administration. This program can be completed in as little as 21 months and requires 42 credit hours to graduate. It begins four times annually in January, March, August or October. Nova’s MPA program offers Saturday classes, and…

May 2018 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 Bridle, District III, Masters of Public Administration, University of Central Florida, Student Member; J.D. Cox, District III, City Manager, City of Longwood, Full Member;  James…

April 2018 President’s Message

The ICMA Southeast Regional Conference was held in Mountain Brook, AL last week. The annual vote was held by representatives of the eleven southeast states for one of the three ICMA Southeast Board members. I was surprised to find that there were only two applicants from the Southeast Region. We have several rules about who…

2018 Palm Coast Onsite Training Session

Attendees gathered at the onsite training session in Palm Coast on April 20 to learn how the City of Palm Coast has improved its perception of public service. The city believes that changing the perception of local government needs to be a grassroots effort through real experiences with the next generation. Attendees learned how the…

April 2018 Innovation Edge

By Sallie Ann Burnett, East Regional Director, Alliance for Innovation About 10,000 Baby Boomers will turn 65 every day over the next 19 years!! Even at retirement, they are looking to retain meaning and purpose in their lives. Is your community ready for this wave of talent? Are your nonprofits ready with meaningful volunteer opportunities?  Attend the…

Clermont City Manager Graduates from Leadership Orlando

Darren Gray, Clermont’s city manager, recently graduated from Leadership Orlando, the largest community leadership program in America. The eight-month program helps emerging and established leaders broaden their regional knowledge and experience. Gray, a former Lake County manager who has led the City of Clermont on a number of ground-breaking initiatives including the city’s rebranding as…

Amendment 1

The Florida Legislature placed Amendment 1 on the 2018 general election ballot. If approved by the voters, it will expand the homestead exemption and shift the burden to other taxpayers. The impact of Amendment 1 is expected to cost $644.7 million per year—resulting in either service reductions or tax hikes. Most benefits will only go…

2018 Plantation Onsite Training Session

Nearly 60 attendees gathered at the onsite training session in Plantation on April 4 to discuss social media use in city/county government. Presenters provided an overview of social media, practical city/county uses, how to encourage citizen engagement, best practices and organizational controls.

State of the Cities 2017 Report

What does a city in Florida look like? Is it a beachfront metropolis? A community of rolling fields and farms? A weathered and cozy fishing village? Is it a high-tech hub of research and innovation? A forested gem of nature trails and wildlife? A buzzing center of world travelers and students? Is it a downtown of…

ICMA Coaching Program Webinar: “Creating a Culture for Cultivating Talent and Results

This has been rescheduled to June 20. 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. PT (1:00-2:30 p.m. ET), Thursday, May 10 Register now for this no-charge webinar: https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fattendee.gotowebinar.com%2Fregister%2F7583614659167558658&data=01%7C01%7Ccrussell%40flcities.com%7Cad80773fadb84064b23308d599890cfc%7C2d642e08dfa4427d864657d423c7c43e%7C0&sdata=tDj4jIs039jOuL%2FFbm4lc0yKEs6KoQC4kRx8UI%2FkvuI%3D&reserved=0 Topics: How can you retool your organizational culture and design your workplace for better results? What are practical steps to make your agency better able to attract, grow, and…

April 2018 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. Advanced Disposal, District II, Contact: Kelly Swisher, Municipal Marketing & Government Affairs Manager, Corporate Member; Cari A. Branco, District VI, Assistant City Manager, City of…

March 2018 President’s Message

First, hearty congratulations goes out to Shaunna and Casey Cook on the birth of Collins Montgomery Cook. As first-time parents, they can look forward to all of the joys, lack of sleep and new adventures that come with babies. The FCCMA Nominating Committee met last Friday, March 23rd in Orlando to interview candidates and make…

FCCMA’s 2018 Spring Symposium

By Kristina King, FCCMA Student Member FCCMA’s 2018 Spring Symposium “Ad Valorem Taxes and Alternative Revenue Sources,” was held at Florida Gulf Coast University’s Cohen Center on March 16th. This event, co-sponsored by the FGCU ICMA Student Chapter, focused on recent legislative actions and their potential impacts for local governments, identifying and utilizing alternative revenue…

March 2018 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. Douglas Baber, District IV, Human Resources Manager, St. Lucie County, Affiliate Member; Laura Karpaviciute, District V, Management Analyst, City of Tamarac, Affiliate Member; Tonya Elliott Moore,…

February 2018 President’s Message

In these times of political controversy at all levels of government, the great work of so many hard working, dedicated and professional public servants often goes unnoticed. However, you have two opportunities coming up that you can use to refocus some of the public’s attention to the good things that are being done. These include…

Looking to Hiring Someone?

The Student Council Sub-Committee has recently attended job fairs at the University of North Florida and Florida Gulf Coast University. This gave FCCMA the chance to share not only opportunities in local government through internships, part-time and/or full-time employment, but also the importance of local government management, FCCMA as an organization, and how to access…

Growth Management Workshops

Growth Management Workshops will be held in March in Broward County. On Thursday, March 22, there will be a planning administration best practices series. On Friday, March 23, there will be a growth management planning officials symposium. Gene Boyles, Senior Fellow of the Program for Resource Efficient Communities, University of Florida, will be the presenter.…

In Memoriam of Thomas Moffses, Sr.

Mr. Thomas Moffses passed away on February 5, in Madison, FL. He was a former city manager in Madison and a past FCCMA member. He served as the District II Director from 2000 – 2004. Funeral Services were held on Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 11:00 AM at St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church with Father…

2017 Local Government Financial Information Handbook

The Florida Legislature’s Office of Economic and Demographic Research (EDR) has published the December 2017 edition of the Local Government Financial Information Handbook.  This year marks the third time that the publication will only be available online. Note: The slightly later release date has allowed EDR to incorporate more up-to-date information than usual. The Local…

February 2018 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. Sarah M. Anderson, District II, City Manager, City of Madison, Full Member; Jeff Bremer, District IV, Deputy County Administrator, St. Lucie County, Full Member; Kelly…

Attack on Home Rule

By Terry Stewart, City Administrator, City of Arcadia Hello. The City of Arcadia and I trust the month of January has been a great start to 2018. There is much happening in the city, but this month, your city council believes it’s important to inform you of a political dynamic at the state level that…

FCCMA Student Council Participates at UNF Career Fair

On Friday, January 26th the FCCMA Student Council Sub-Committee attended the Osprey Career Fair held at the University of North Florida with participation from (Left to Right) Auburndale Assistant City Manager Jeff Tillman, Orange Park Town Manager Sarah Campbell, FCCMA President Jim Hanson, Green Cove Springs Assistant City Manager Mike Null. The Student Council Sub-Committee…

January 2018 INNOVATION EDGE

By Sallie Ann Burnett, East Regional Director, Alliance for Innovation Make the Most of your TLG Conference Experience, Presented by nextERA Virtual Free Event | Feb. 6, 1-2 PM Attending the 2018 Transforming Local Government Conference (April 3-6 in Tacoma, WA) for the first time? We’ve got you covered in a virtual session just for…

January 2018 President’s Message

Planning for upcoming training has come together and there will be more events in the next two months than any other time of year. Thanks are due to so many of you that have worked hard to make them happen. Next up will be the Winter Institute on February 15-16. Registration is already sold out…

Building Communities of Inclusion

Join FAU, FIU and NSU for an engaging and intellectual networking session to learn more about initiatives, projects and programs focused on building communities of inclusion. This event will be held March 1, from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. at the FAU Davie Campus, 3200 College Avenue, Liberal Arts Building in Davie. This is a free…

ICMA – Local Government Management Fellowship

The Local Government Management Fellowship (LGMF) application has closed and finalists will soon be available for host governments to interview! Mentor programs like the LGMF and other management fellowships help build the talent pool for the entire profession, so help build a legacy! For more information, please visit icma.org/lgmf. If you are interested in bringing on…

January 2018 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. Charlotte Bingham, District VI, Masters in Public Administration, Florida Gulf Coast University, Student Member; Jessica Bleser, District VII, Fiscal Services Director, Pasco County, Affiliate Member; Elise…

December 2017 President’s Message

The FCCMA had a great year in 2017 and we are looking forward to an even better 2018. One of the top priorities you identified in the annual survey over a year ago was training. In recent months, the number of training opportunities was not only increased, but also the range of topics, locations and…

2018 Urban Forestry Institute: Natural Disaster Preparation and Response Conference

The 2018 Urban Forestry Institute: Natural Disaster Preparation and Response Conference will be held February 5-7, at the University of Florida Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, Wimauma, FL 33598. Natural disasters ranging from hurricane storm surges to drought-induced wildfires have ravaged urban forests across the United States this past year. While it is uncertain when…

December 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. Alexander Badall, District II, BS in Public Administration/Criminal Justice, University of Central Florida, Student Member; Garrison “Garry” Brumback, District VII, City Manager, City of Treasure…

Downtown Fort Walton Beach Master Plan

By Michael Beedie, City Manager, City of Fort Walton Beach The Downtown FWB Challenge Downtown Fort Walton Beach is at a crossroad. Over the last 15 years, the Okaloosa-Santa Rosa County region has experienced significant population growth due to an influx of military families from Eglin Air Force Base and Hurlburt Field as well as…

November 2017 President’s Message

Are you a credentialed manager? If not, you may want to consider becoming one. Credentialing is a way for managers to create an individually tailored plan for lifelong learning and professional development. By taking an Applied Knowledge Assessment, you determine which skills you excel at and where you could use further study. Subjects are broken…