Florida Benchmarking Consortium 2014 Conference

Don’t miss the FBC Annual Spring Conference! This year’s conference will look at how data driven organizations have achieved success; whether they are a Fortune 500 company or a local government department.  There are many sources for inspiration and insight . . . there is no limit to what innovations can be achieved with some…

Practice Areas for the FCCMA 2014 Annual Conference

Are you a credentialed manager? Keeping track of the practice areas for the trainings you attend? Below are the practice areas for the upcoming annual conference. Wednesday, May 28, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm ICMA University Workshop: Interpersonal Leadership and “The New Order of Things”: Practice areas: 2-Policy Facilitation, 6-Initiative, Risk Taking, Vision, Creativity and…

ICMA Dialogue on Tenet 12 and the Guidelines

The formal review of the ICMA Code of Ethics, launched in 2013 with Tenet 7, continues this year with a focus on Tenet 12. Tenet 12 requires members to: “Seek no favor; believe that personal aggrandizement or profit secured by confidential information or by misuse of public time is dishonest.” Why focus on Tenet 12?…

You Can Make a Difference During Safe Digging Month

Sunshine 811 has developed a marketing toolkit to guide Florida’s efforts to promote Safe Digging Month this spring. Click on the link http://www.sunshine811.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=432:2014-safe-digging-month&catid=67 to access the 2014 Safe Digging Month toolkit and start planning your outreach today. Safe Digging Month begins April 1. Every April, Sunshine 811’s stakeholders join the statewide push to prevent damage…

April 2014 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. Roshaunda Bradley, District I, Assistant to the Public Works Director, Leon County, Affiliate Member; Calvin, Giordano & Associates, District V, Contact: George Keller, Director…

Hoggetown Hack

Gainesville’s Innovation Academy Team hosted the city’s first Hoggetowne Hack at the Hippodrome State Theatre on February 22 to promote open government and transparency through the use of its recently launched Open Data Portal. Over 40 local computer science professionals competed in a six-hour app-development challenge, with 14 different ideas pitched to a panel of…

Supervisor to Leader

In response to popular demand, the Florida Institute of Government is pleased to announce that another series of the From Supervisor to Leader online training program will be held April 1, 2 & 3, 2014. Normally a three-day long program taught in a seminar setting, the Institute has adapted the Supervisor to Leader curriculum to…

Gainesville 2014 Onsite Training Session

Don’t miss the onsite training session that will be held on March 28, 2014 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Ironwood Golf Course Clubhouse, 2100 NE 39th Avenue, Gainesville. The topic for this session is “Outsourcing or Consolidating of Services.” The Great Recession is behind us…but the demand for services and the challenges to…

FCCMA Communications Committee

This is the second article in a series of articles about the FCCMA committees. Be a part of the great work that FCCMA does through its committees by signing up for a committee that interests you. Most committee work is done via conference call. The Communications Committee is responsible for monitoring the website and advising the staff…

Fiscal Transparency: A Local Government’s Solution

By T.J.Pletzke An excerpt from the Florida State Attorney Generals website states:… “Government must be accountable to the people. The Florida Constitution, which sets forth our rights as citizens of this great state, provides that the public has the right to know how government officials spend taxpayer dollars and make the decisions affecting their lives.…

In Memoriam of Ellen Posivach

With sadness, FCCMA must advise that Ellen Posivach, former city manager of Port Richey and Tarpon Springs passed away this past weekend. A link to her obituary is as follows: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/sptimes/obituary.aspx?n=ellen-s-posivach&pid=170104161&fhid=2358 Following her receiving a MPA at Old Dominion University in 1978, Ellen embarked on a very successful city management career as follows: Assistant to…

FCCMA Committees

Each week The Manager e-Newsletter will feature one of FCCMA’s committees describing the tasks and responsibilities for the featured committee. Be a part of the great work that FCCMA does through its committees by signing up for a committee that interests you. Most committee work is done via conference call . The Awards Committee is…

Flood Insurance and Your Community

The Florida Association of Counties (FAC) will be offering a new course for county commissioners, staff and others for Spring 2014.  Course Title Protecting Your Community from Natural Disasters: A Guide to Flood Insurance & Flood Mitigation Programs In 2012, Congress passed the Biggert-Waters Florida Insurance Reform Act.  Key provisions of the legislation require the…

ICMA Manager Evaluations Handbook

ICMA offers a complimentary handbook to highlight the value of a formal manager evaluation process and to assist local elected officials in the design of an effective evaluation tool. Local Government managers and administrators are encouraged to reference and review the handbook with an eye toward working with their elected bodies to develop formal, mutually-agreed…

Funding Opportunity: Transportation investment Generating Economic Recovery Grant Program

The Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER Discretionary Grant program, provides a unique opportunity for the U.S. Department of Transportation to invest in road, rail, transit and port projects that promise to achieve critical national objectives. Applicants must submit final applications through Grants.gov by April 28, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. EDT. The Grants.gov “Apply”…

FCCMA 2014 Annual Conference

Don’t miss the Florida City and County Management Association’s annual conference at the Hilton Orlando in Orlando. The theme of this year’s conference is Building Trust and Confidence in Local Government. Kirk Lippold, Commanding Officer of the USS Cole from 1999 to 2001, believes that real leaders aren’t just the people at the top; they…

North Miami Beach Onsite Training Session

Don’t miss the onsite training session that will be held in North Miami Beach on March 14 from 8:30 am – 1:00 pm at the Marjory and William McDonald Center, 17051 NE 19th Avenue. The session will review trends in technology and help participants consider steps to “stay ahead of the curve.”   How do we…

MARCH 2014 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. Jason Bowles, District V, Senior Management Fellow, City of Fort Lauderdale, Student Member; Evelyn Calderon, District VI, Master’s of Public Administration, Florida Gulf Coast University,…

Onsite Training Sessions

Register now for an onsite training session. There are two trainings in February and one in March. The first training will be held February 27 from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm in Auburndale. The topic is “Water Resources for the Future.” The second training will be held February 28 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm…

Raymond C. Sittig Scholarship

The Raymond C. Sittig Scholarship is an academic scholarship is in honor and memory of Raymond C. Sittig, long-time executive director of the Florida League of Cities and champion of Home Rule powers. Ray came to Florida to become a city manager but instead of working for one city he was a champion for all…

Gettysburg Leadership Institute

The Gettysburg Leadership Institute is a three-day program (April 23-25, 2014) designed for senior managers to study the leadership lessons of Gettysburg. The program will convene 30 senior local government managers to study the leadership lessons of Gettysburg and join in an exploration of personal leadership, organizational effectiveness, disaster management and the lessons of history.…

To Be (a Credentialed Manager) or Not to Be…

by Lynn Tipton, Executive Director I have had a couple of emails and phone calls this month about Florida’s status nationally with the ICMA Credentialed Manager program and what we use as a nickname: “credentialing.”  The April 1 deadline is looming (no April Fools’ day jokes,  I know!) for this quarter’s review period, and you…

ICMA University Workshop at the FCCMA Annual Conference

Leaders today are immersed in moments of disruptive change. We have entered a “New Order of Things”.  Leaders and the organizations they lead are constantly placed in difficult, awkward and conflict-laden situations.  What are the leadership fundamentals that we need to work on to thrive in “The New Order of Things”? This session will explore in depth…

February Onsite Training Sessions

Two onsite training sessions will be held in February. The first training will be held February 27 from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm in Auburndale. The topic is “Water Resources for the Future.” The second training will be held February 28 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm in Palm Springs. The topic is “Get Ready,…

FCCMA Academic Scholarships

FCCMA is offering two scholarships to students toward their education in the public administration field.  The B. Harold Farmer Scholarship and the Raymond C. Sittig Scholarship are $2,500 scholarships awarded to students pursuing a public administration or related degree at a Florida-based university. The students must be enrolled in the program during the summer or…

George Brown, New District IV Board Member

Upon the resignation of Rich Reade, District IV Director, the decision was made to accelerate the election process to fill the seat rather than have a board appointment to fill the seat. District IV was scheduled to elect a new director to the office in May. George Brown, Boca Raton Deputy City Manager, was elected…

FCCMA Scholarships

FCCMA is offering scholarships to students toward their education and/or their professional development. FCCMA is offering two academic scholarships and one conference scholarship. The B. Harold Farmer Scholarship and the Raymond C. Sittig Scholarship are $2,500 scholarships awarded to students pursuing a public administration or related degree at a Florida-based university. The students must be…

2014 Legislative Session

The FCCMA Legislative Committee adopted the Florida League of Cities’ (FLC) and the Florida Association of Counties’ (FAC) priorities and policy statements for 2014. Tune into the FLC and FAC legislative webinars. The Florida League of Cities’ webinar will be held on February 20 from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Here is the link to…

In Memoriam of Rod Kendig

Rod Kendig, former FCCMA member and past president, passed away on Friday, January 31 after a two-year battle with cancer. He joined the Association in 1978 while serving as Escambia County Administrator. He served as county administrator for 16 years until 1985. In 1985 after serving sixteen years as county administrator, he served the City…

Congratulations to Randy Reid!

Randy Reid has been chosen by the Control Growth Now as its citizen of the year. The group will honor Randy at its 25th anniversary annual meeting and luncheon on March 15 in Sarasota. The public is welcome to attend. The event will begin at 11:30 am in the upstairs meeting room at Marina Jack’s…

FCCMA 2014 Annual Conference

You don’t want to miss the FCCMA 2014 Annual Conference. Below are two of the sessions that will be held at the conference. Khalid Resheidat, P.E., Assistant City Manager, New Smyrna Beach will speak about the “Successful Use of Citizen Task Force.” The New Smyrna Beach Task Force is a program that brings citizens together…

Water Resources for the Future

Don’t miss this onsite training session that will be held February 27, 2014 from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Auburndale Community Center on 405 Bennett Street. This FCCMA training session will be an abbreviated summit that will provide a forum for discussion and sharing of information on regional water issues. City, County, and…

B. Harold Farmer Scholarship

Are you a student who will be enrolled during the summer or fall of 2014 and pursuing a public administration or related degree at a Florida-based university? Then you may be eligible to receive the B. Harold Farmer Scholarship (BHF). The BHF is a $2,500 academic scholarship which will be awarded to a recipient who…

January/February PM Magazine

Are you an ICMA member? Have you read your January/February issue of PM Magazine? Two FCCMA members had articles published in the January/February issue. Vince Long, Leon County Administrator, published an article entitled “Turning the Local Government Ship Starboard: Six Keys to Activating Organizational Change.” Steven Spina, Visiting Instructor for the Department of Public Administration…

February 2014 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. Ad-Vance Talent Solutions, District VI, Contact: Brian Sunseri, Owner/President, Corporate Member; Daniel P. Clark , PE, District IV, Town Administrator, Town of Lake Clarke Shores,…

Emerging Leaders Conference Scholarship

Are you a public administration student or an entry-level city or county management professional? Are you interested in attending the FCCMA Annual Conference? Then this scholarship may be for you. The FCCMA Annual Conference Emerging Leaders Scholarship is designed to allow public administration students and entry-level city and county management professionals interested in continuing their…

Webinar – Rising Flood Insurance Rates Sinking Property Owners: What Can Cities do to Minimize the Impact?

The Florida League of Cities (FLC) will hold this webinar on January 23, 2014 from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm. David Miller, who serves as FEMA’s Associate Administrator for the Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration (FIMA), will be presenting information regarding flood insurance rate hikes from a national perspective, as well as hosting a Q&A…

New Year’s Musings

by Lynn Tipton, FCCMA Executive Director As a young professional, some years ago, one of the things I looked forward to each December was getting the calendar ready for the new year.  I had the day-at-a-glance style on the two-pronged stand; not glamorous, but functional.  Over time I switched to the day planner and carried…

Jill Scroggs Silverboard – Thinker of the Month

Jill Silverboard was feastured as the January “Thinker of the Month” on January 2 at Thinkspot: http://thinkspot.co. Jill Scroggs Silverboard thinks local governments can innovate and she’s leading by example. Serving as assistant city manager in Clearwater, Florida, Jill has oversight of the city’s primary operations departments, including public utilities, solid waste, planning & development,…

Osceola Onsite Training Session

Register today for the Florida City and County Management Association’s Osceola County Onsite Training Session which will be held January 24, 2014 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Eastern at Osceola Board of County Commission Chambers, 1 Courthouse Square, Suite 4700 in Kissimmee. The title of the training is: “Service Outsourcing and Consolidation Initiatives: Lessons…

FCCMA Awards

Each year at the FCCMA Annual Conference, FCCMA recognizes an outstanding individual who has fostered representative democracy, who has made a significant contribution to the development of new talent and an assistant who has made significant contributions toward excellence in leadership while serving as an assistant or department head. These awards are: Award for Career…

FCCMA Annual Conference

Registration will open soon for the FCCMA Annual Conference. The conference announcement will be emailed the first week of February. The conference will be held May 28-31, 2014 at the Hilton Orlando. The theme is: “Building Trust and Confidence in Local Government.” The keynote speakers include: Commander Kirk Lippold, who was the commander of the…

January 2014 Onsite Training Sessions

There are two onsite training sessions scheduled to be held in January. The first session will be held January 10, 2014 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Largo Community Center, 400 Alternate Keene Road, Suite 1, Largo, Florida. In this session, ICMA’s Director of Ethics and Advocacy, Martha Perego, has agreed to facilitate…

2014 Elections

This is a reminder that canvassing has begun in order to fill positions on the Board of Directors.  Letters were sent to eligible full members on November 22. There are two at-large director positions and the secretary/treasurer position opening in May.   All nominations must be self-nominations.  To nominate oneself, a letter expressing interest should be…

10 Points of Change During Transition; or, Can Someone Throw Me a Rope In This Quicksand?

By Michael Roberto Reprinted with permission from the Public Management (PM) magazine, copyrighted and published by ICMA (International City/County Management Association), Washington, D.C. Michael Roberto, FCCMA past president, passed away in August 2006. All managers go through transition in some way. How does the phrase go: Nothing changes like change itself? Whether in our personal…

January 2014 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. Christine J. Brady, District VI, Director, Human Resources/Public Resources, Lee County, Affiliate Member; Betsy Clayton, District VI, Communications Director, Lee County, Affiliate Member; Doug Meurer, District VI,…

ICMA 2014 Annual Conference

ICMA has opened its call for ideas for the 2014 Annual Conference in Charlotte/Mecklenburg County, September 14-17. Ideas are invited that address the six Theme tracks and the fours Career tracks of the conference. The tracks include: Theme Tracks Collaborative Service Delivery From Vinegar to Honey: Civility Today ICMA 100th Anniversary Local Government Infrastructure Management…

Public Records Management Course

The Florida Institute of Government is pleaed to provide a two-day course, Public Records Management program. This workshop will be facilitated by Steve M. Lewis with over 35 years of experience managing records in Florida. The four modules address new technologies and management systems in the field of records manaement. This course will be held…

Using Data to Build a Better Utility

Please join FBC/FWEA for a joint workshop on “Using Data to Build a Better Utility.” This workshop will provide a look into the corporate world of building a culture of customer service and performance excellence, along with presentations related to the FBC Annual Report and data collection, to member best practices and lessons learned. A…

December 2013 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. Laurette Jean, District V, Principal Management & Budget Analyst, Broward County, Affiliate Member; and Lawrence “Larry” Williams, District II, City Manager, City of Bunnell,…

In Memoriam of Jacqueline Burns

Jacqueline (Jackie) Burns, Indian Harbour Beach City Manager, passed away on Tuesday, November 12, 2013. She is survived by her sister, four children, five grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and her companion Fred “Chief” Fernez. She began her work in Indian Harbour Beach in 1977 as secretary to City Manager Richard Edgeton. She joined FCCMA…

Project Management: Basics and Best Practices for Everyone

The John Scott Dailey Florida Institute of Government will hold a Project Management Webinar on December 13, 2013 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm. The cost is $69 per person. For detailed registration and payment information, go to: http://iog.fsu.edu/events/project_mgmt.html?utm_source=Campaign+Created+2013%2F11%2F04%2C+7%3A52+PM&utm_campaign=Proj+Man+Webinar&utm_medium=email. This webinar will walk you through the basic steps of project management: Setting a project goal Creating…

Managing Change

by Lynn Tipton, FCCMA Executive Director I’ve always loved this saying: there are problems you manage and problems you solve; the trick is to know the difference.  I’m not attributing it to a famous person. There might be an author to acknowledge, I don’t know, but the saying is very true.  The example I usually…

Pre-Conference Sessions at Annual Conference

On Wednesday, May 28, 2014 you will have a choice of two pre-conference sessions to attend. The first choice is the ever popular “So You Want to be a City/County Manager?” This year’s theme is “Taking the Next Step.” Several FCCMA members will share stories about personal values, the next step, career change, professional development,…

Sessions at the FCCMA Annual Conference

Don’t miss the FCCMA Annual Conference which will be held May 28-31, 2014 at the Orlando Hilton. The Conference Planning Committee has been working hard to put together a great lineup of sessions from which to choose. Case studies were submitted in mid-August and the Committee has chosen several that fit the theme. Fort Lauderdale…

Sports Park in Rockledge Named after Jim McKnight’s Family

The City of Rockledge recently honored Jim McKnight’s (Rockledge City Manager) family by unveiling the McKnight Family Sports Complex. This recreation complex includes a baseball field, softball fields, a football field, a 1.2 mile nine-station jogging/exercise trail, 12 lighted tennis courts, two racquetball courts, soccer fields, playground and picnic pavilion. Jim McKnight’s father, Mac was…

First Onsite Training Session for 2014

FCCMA is pleased to announce that ICMA’s Director of Ethics and Advocacy, Martha Perego, has agreed to facilitate a discussion on today’s application of the ICMA Code of Ethics. Much has been debated about how best to apply certain ethical provisions to a manager’s daily life. Martha Perego is the noted expert on this topic…

November 2013 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. Alan Bullock, District VI, Director of Administrative Services, City of Venice, Full Member; Sarah Capps, District VII, Master’s of Public Administration, University of South Florida, Student…

Last Onsite Training Session for 2013

The last onsite training session for 2013 will be held in Flagler County on November 1 from 9:30 am – 1:30 pm. The topic is: “The Sanford Experience in Responding to the Martin/Zimmerman Case.” Sanford City Manager Norton Bonaparte will provide details of the city’s challenges through the eyes of the person most responsible for…

FCCMA Honor to Ed Mitchell

The following speech was given at the West Palm Beach City Commission Meeting on Tuesday, October 15, 2013. Picture: left to right: Ray Liggins, Royal Palm Beach Village Manager, Rich Reade, Palm Springs Village Manager, Ed Mitchell, Peter Elwell, Palm Beach Town Manager and Richard Radcliffe, Palm Beach County League of Cities Executive Director. Good…

Stories and Story-telling: Your Help is Needed!

It was great to see so many members and colleagues in Boston for the ICMA Conference – and for those who weren’t there, you were missed!  A continuing theme within the profession, and it is a prime part of the “Life, Well Run” initiative, is our story-telling as professional local government managers.  I attended several…

Only Two More 2013 Onsite Training Sessions

An onsite training session will be held at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers on October 24 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. The topic is: “The Ethics of Public Administration in the Age of Social Media.” The speaker for this training session is Florida’s Chief Inspector General, Melinda Miguel. This session covers ICMA…

Awards at the ICMA 2013 Conference

At the ICMA 2013 Conference, several FCCMA members were recognized for their years of service to ICMA. 40 years Lester Baird, General Manager, Barron Water Control District Paul Berg, MIT Ken Hammons, City Manager, Panama City Rod Irwin, Assistant City Manager for Economic Development, Clearwater Anne Lyons 35 years Dennis Beach, City Manager, Pompano Beach…

Paul Sharon – Florida Range Rider

If you are a manager, assistant manager or someone new to local government in NE Florida, there is a good chance you had the opportunity to meet and talk with Range Rider Paul Sharon.  Paul has been a Range Rider since 2008 following a deployment to Iraq as a Senior Advisor to Iraqi Local Government…

ICMA 2013 Conference

Florida was well represented at the 2013 ICMA Annual Conference in Boston. Several FCCMA members spoke at the various sessions. FCCMA members who participated were: Amy Davis, Manager, Office of Management and Budget, Largo; Howard Tipton, Brevard County Manager; Colin Baenziger, Principal, Colin Baenziger & Associates; Faye Outlaw, St. Lucie County Administrator; Peter Elwell, Palm…

ICMA 2014 Conference

Pam Brangaccio, City Manager of New Smyrna Beach, will be representing FCCMA, on the ICMA 2014 Conference Planning Committee with planning efforts for the ICMA 2014 Conference. Now that you are all back from the 2013 ICMA Conference, see the below email soliciting ideas for the 2014 Conference to be held in Charlotte, NC in…

Jim McCroskey, City Manager, Holly Hill

How long have you been a FCCMA member? 3 years Are you an ICMA member and if so, how long? 10 years Please describe your areas of formal/advanced education. Masters in City Planning and BS in Urban Geography What got you interested in public service? A scholarship to University of Mississippi What is your current…

October 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. Tim Bennett, District II, City Manager, City of Madison, Full Member; Jhanelle Campbell, District V, Master’s of Public Administration, Florida International University, Student Member; Fred…

In Memoriam of John Lynch

FCCMA member John Lynch passed away Thursday, September 12, 2013 following an extended battle with cancer. He joined FCCMA when he returned to Florida as the city manager of Lady Lake. He left Lady Lake in the mid-1990s to become town manager of Indiatlantic. In September 1998 he became the city manager of Lynn Haven…

Ethics and the New World Order

The Palm Beach State College (PBSC) Center for Applied Ethics invites you to attend “Ethics and the New World Order: Culture, Compliance and the Bottom Line” on October 15, 2013 from 8:30 am – 10:30 am. Keith Darcy, Executive Director of Ethics and Compliance Officer Association and Chairman of the Better Business Bureau Foundation Board,…

Onsite Training Sessions

FCCMA, in conjunction with the Center for Florida Local Government Excellence, will hold four onsite training sessions this fall. The first onsite training session will be held in Chattahoochee on October 11 from 10:00 am – 1:30 pm, Eastern. The topic is: “Economic Opportunities in N.W. Florida.” The second onsite training session will be held…