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,…

Succession Planning & Knowledge Transfer

The ICMA Coaching Program will hold a free webinar on Thursday, November 17th, 2016 from 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., ET on “Succession Planning & Knowledge Transfer.”   Advance registration required for this no-charge webinar. Webinar topics: What challenges do local governments face in succession planning? What are effective strategies to attract, prepare, and retain…

November 2016 Message from the Executive Director

Does having a professional city or county manager in charge make a difference?  Are Florida’s cities and counties in better shape because professionals are steering the ship?  If you answered “yes”, you agree having a professional leading the way does make the difference. Running a city or county is difficult because cities do so much. …

October 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.  Gerald Bryan, District V, Assistant Town Manager, Town of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Full Member; William Corbett, District VI, Masters of Public Administration, Florida Gulf Coast University,…

ICMA 2016 Service Awards

Congratulations to the 2016 ICMA Local Government Service Award Recipients 40 Years of Service Robert R. Baldwin Christopher W. Chinault George D. Forbes Jim Hanson May Royle Gerald J. Seeber Stephen E. Sorrell Ralph E. Stone Michael D. Wanchick 35 Years of Service Thomas W. Barwin Robert L. Kellogg Maria A. Menendez Carl L. Schwing…

Understanding Green Building Programs, Compliance Requirements and Government Regulations in South Florida

Discovery Channel’s “Project Earth” technical advisor and star Dr. Jennifer Languell will conduct an intensive workshop on “Complying with Local Government Green Building Requirements” on Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 in Hollywood, Fla. Local governments are increasingly mandating that new construction is certified by a national or state recognized green building program. Whether it is concern over climate change and…

Strategic Government Resources Leadership Conference 2017

The SGR Leadership Conference will be held January 26th and 27th, 2017 at the Great Wolf Lodge, Grapevine, TX. The SGR Leadership Conference focuses on servant leadership, employee development, and innovation in training and recruitment. The goal of the conference is to assist local government organizations in becoming part of the Top 16%. Join SGR in learning from successful,…

Skip the Trip: Charlotte County Implements Online Permitting

Charlotte County, Florida is embracing the sustainable and technologically advanced community of Babcock Ranch, being developed by Kitson & Partners. To allow contractors to skip the 90-minute roundtrip to the county’s building department, we have created an online permitting system. The spirit of Babcock Ranch is sustainability, innovation and technology. One of Florida’s largest solar…

September 2016 Innovation Edge

By Sallie Ann Burnett, East Regional Director, Alliance for Innovation Engaging the Community in Public Safety: Examples of Community Policing Concepts by Jason Rollins, Communications Director, Alliance for Innovation The issue of policing in the United States has once again emerged to the top of public discourse. As tragic image after tragic image fills our…

Survival Skills for Managers

The ICMA Coaching Program will hold a free webinar on Thursday, October 20th, 2016 from 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., ET on “Survival Skills for Managers.” While managing in local government has many rewards, it also has many challenges. Learn key insights and skills to survive and thrive. Advance registration required for this no-charge webinar.…

Interns for Local Government

Here is your chance to give back!  The LGIP is beginning its fourth year. Last year we placed 13 interns in local governments from the Keys to North Florida and from Volusia to Pinellas. The premier leadership fraternity at the University of Florida, Florida Blue Key and the Bob Graham Center for Public Service are…

Congratulations Lee Feldman

FCCMA congratulates Lee Feldman for becoming ICMA President at the 2016 Conference in Kansas City. He is the second FCCMA member to serve as President of ICMA. He is also a past president of FCCMA. Lee is the city manager of Fort Lauderdale and has also served as city manager in the cities of Palm Bay…

ICMA Virtual Conference

If you cannot join us in Kansas City, consider joining us online through the Virtual Annual Conference. Although the ICMA Virtual Conference is not a substitute for the “on-the-ground” skill-building, networking, and social opportunities that ICMA’s Annual Conference offers, you and your staff can still experience some of the highlights through the virtual conference. Broadcasting…

September 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.  Samantha D. Abell, District I, Deputy City Manager, City of Gulf Breeze, Full Member; W. Ajibola Balogun, District V, City Manager, City of West…

August 2016 Message from the Executive Director

As I write this, preliminary election results are starting to trickle in.  I don’t know about you, but I need a break from the deluge of political advertisements that we’ve seen in the last two months, whether it’s mail pieces, social media posts, or, my personal favorite, television commercials.  It’s a good thing that I…

August 2016 Innovation Edge

By Sallie Ann Burnett, East Regional Director, Alliance for Innovation Have you heard about Workforce Wednesdays? Read on. In the Fall of 2015, the Local Government Research Collaborative (LGRC) released a report and subsequent webinar, Red Tape to Green Tape, that looked at why grievance policies are important and the impact they can have on all levels of…

Clermont’s Master Plan Wins State Award

The City of Clermont and GAI’s Community Solutions Group in Orlando have been recognized by the Florida Redevelopment Association (FRA) for outstanding redevelopment achievements for the visionary master plan developed for the city’s downtown-waterfront district. The FRA presents awards annually to projects that exhibit the best practices in Florida development during the past year. The…

Annual Financial Disclosure

Every year, many state and local public officers and employees receive automatic fines because they file their annual financial disclosure forms late or not at all. The Commission wants to help people avoid getting fined—compliance with the filing requirement is the goal. Here’s what you need to know: Annual Financial Disclosure must be filed or…

Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) Overtime Regulations

Last year, the Department of Labor (DOL) proposed changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) overtime regulations. The proposal generated significant interest with over 290,000 comment letters being filed in the proceeding. Because the proposed changes were expected to have an impact on local governments, the National League of Cities (NLC) and other local…

Pokemon: Friend or Foe

Launched July 6 – just six short weeks ago – PokemonGo has made more than $200 million and has more than 20 million users – likely a LOT more.  Some counties are taking advantage and exposing players to government services while for other counties it just increasing the burden. So what is PokemonGO exactly? The…

A Call to Action Update: Engaging Elected Officials

Elected officials can play a critical role in drawing young people in to the public sector. FCCMA presented a session at the FLC Conference in Hollywood focusing on “What Can Elected Officials do to Attract Young People to Public Service?” In addition to FCCMA President Bobby Green and At-Large Director Ryan Levengood, the panel included the mayors…

Flagler County Crisis Triage and Transport Unit (CTTU)

By Craig Coffey, Flagler County Administrator In April 2014, Flagler County implemented CTTU: Crisis Triage and Transport Unit, a program designed to improve services for adults in mental health crisis who require screening and transport to a Baker Act Receiving Facility, and simultaneously improve utilization of law enforcement resources. CTTU is funded by a grant…