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…

Officials share lessons from Irma with students

By Keith Gibson It was a city and county management “fantasy camp” of sorts at Florida Gulf Coast University Nov. 3 when an all-star panel of Southwest Florida government administrators gathered on campus for a special training program. The forum was organized and hosted by Dr. Robert E. Lee, assistant professor in the Department of Political…

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; Lisa…

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…

2017 Lake City Onsite Training Session

FCCMA held an onsite training session in Lake City on Friday, October 6th. The topic was “Infrastructure Financing for Utilities.” Pictured from left to right: Greg Lang, Mittauer & Associates; Dave Mecusker, Lake Butler; Joanne Luther, Live Oak; John-Paul Ledford, Starke; Sara Owen, Lake Butler; Bob Milner, Starke; Eddie Quinn, FATHOM; Jason Shefler, Mittauer &…

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…

Congratulations to Bruce Haddock on His Retirement

FCCMA District VII Director Matthew Campbell, Kenneth City Town Manager, presented a resolution to Bruce Haddock, Oldsmar City Manager, at the September 19th Council meeting. The resolution recognized Bruce for his public service upon the occasion of his retirement from the City of Oldsmar. A RESOLUTION OF THE FLORIDA CITY AND COUNTY MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION (FCCMA)…

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…

2017 Interns for Local Government

Here is your chance to give back!  The LGIP is beginning its fifth year. Last year we placed 13 interns in local governments from Fort Lauderdale to North Florida and from New Smyrna Beach to Clearwater. The premier leadership fraternity at the University of Florida, Florida Blue Key and the Bob Graham Center for Public…

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…

2017 Years of Service to FCCMA Awards

The following people were recognized at the Awards Program at the Annual Conference on Thursday, June 1, 2017 for their years of service to the Association. 60 Years Anthony Nales 55 Years Wayne G. Sanborn Frank R. Spence 50 Years Merret R. Stierheim 45 Years Lawrence Casey 40 Years David T. Harden Richard Quigley 35…

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…