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…

Scott Morgan, City Manager, West Melbourne

How long have you been a FCCMA member? 4 years Are you an ICMA member and if so, how long? Yes, 16 years Please describe your areas of formal/advanced education. Bachelors of Science, Political Science University of California – Irvine Masters of Administration University of California – Irvine What is your current occupation? City Manager…

Upcoming Trainings

Records Management: Online Training Series held by the Florida Institute of Government will be held on the following dates from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. September 24 – The Basics of Records Management, October 1 – Disaster Preparedness and Vital Records, and October 8 – Electronic Records Management. For more information, contact the Florida Institute of Government at (850) 487-1870…

FCCMA Hospitality at ICMA Conference in Boston

Are you attending the ICMA conference in Boston?  Have you signed up for the dinner on Monday night at the Union Oyster House?  We have a large group coming together for the dinner, and we would love to have you join us.  Go to: http://fccma.org/2013/06/fccma-dinner-at-the-icma-annual-conference/ to register. As a cost-saving measure, FCCMA chose not to…

FCCMA Program Year 2013-2014 Training Calendar

The FCCMA Professional Development Committee in conjunction with the Center for Florida Local Government Excellence has developed the 2013-2014 training calendar for the webinars and onsite training sessions. The webinars will be held on the third Thursday from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Eastern Time. The webinars will be held each month except December. Topics…

Florida Local Government Coalition “Local Works Day” – September 6

The Florida Local Government Coalition was developed to advocate for local governments by educating residents and sharing resources among its members. Recently, the coalition launched a public awareness campaign to help Floridians understand, appreciate and support local governments and the services and values these governments bring to millions of lives each day. This public awareness…

FCCMA 2013 Symposium

Is there a better way to do something? Is the alternative just “change for the sake of change or will it really improve efficiency, effectiveness and service delivery? These are some of the questions that will be answered at the FCCMA 2013 Symposium. The 2013 Symposium will be held on November 14, 2013 from 8:30…

ICMA Code of Ethics Tenet 7

If you are an ICMA member, ICMA would like your comments on a proposal regarding Tenet 7 of the ICMA Code of Ethics. Earlier this year, the ICMA Committee on Professional Conduct launched a structured review of the ICMA Code of Ethics beginning with Tenet 7.  They received a wealth of feedback from members collected…

FCCMA President Swears in New Board Member

District VIII Director Ryan Leavengood was sworn in at the August 2013 Board Meeting. Ryan was appointed by the FCCMA Board to complete the term of Andy Stewart. Andy moved to a new position in another district and had to resign. Elections for 2014 will be held by the even-numbered districts this winter. Mr. Leavengood…

September 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. Thomas Jones Carlisle, District I, B.S. in Political Science, University of North Georgia, Student Member; and Lee Smith, District I, Master’s of Public Administration,…

Cheryl Atkins, MPA, Grants Coordinator, Deltona

How long have you been a FCCMA member? 10/2012-present. (I had a student membership during my Master’s program). Are you an ICMA member and if so, how long? Yes, since 2011. (I had a student membership during my Master’s program). Please describe your areas of formal/advanced education. I have a Masters of Public Administration (2006)…

Michael Beedie Receives FLC Home Rule Hero Award

FCCMA member Michael Beedie received a 2013 Home Rule Hero Award from the Florida League of Cities. This award was given to local government officials, elected or nonelected who advanced the League’s legislative agenda and helped protect the home rule powers of Florida’s cities during the 2013 legislative session. Michael is the city manager of…

Your Story is Needed!

By Lynn Tipton, Executive Director I’m appealing to our members for two different stories this week – please read: Most of you have been reading the updates to the ICMA Life, Well Run campaign, and I recently had a conference call with the ICMA staff working on it.  I was saddened to hear that few…

Al Minner, City Manager, Sebastian

Interviewed by: Amanda Millirons, Assistant Public Works Director, Palm Bay How long have you been a FCCMA member? Since 1999 Are you an ICMA member and if so, how long? Yes, 19 years Please describe your areas of formal/advanced education. Master of Public Administration (MPA) Shippensburg University Bachelor of Science (History & Political Science) Frostburg…

Webinar on the ADA Requirement to Provide Curb Ramps

Federal Highway Administration’s staff from the Offices of Chief Counsel, Infrastructure, and Civil Rights will be delivering an external webinar on August 20, 2013 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET to clarify the technical assistance and answer questions regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements to provide curb ramps. For more information regarding…

Ryan Leavengood, District VIII Director

Ryan Leavengood, Lake Alfred City Manager, has been appointed by the Board of Directors to serve as the District VIII Director to finish the unexpired term previously held by Andy Stewart.  Mr. Stewart moved out of the district to assume a new position. Ryan received the B. Harold Farmer Scholarship in 2007 and then joined…

Kassandra Blissett, Assistant City Manager, DeBary

How long have you been a FCCMA member? Since 2002 Are you an ICMA member and if so, how long? Yes—- 1998 Please describe your areas of formal/advanced education. BAS Supervision and Management What got you interested in public service? Directly out of high school, while attending community college, I was hired as an emergency…

The Empty Key Ring Syndrome

Like some of us, I have faced a difficult time following a forced separation as city manager. I distinctly recall the morning after my forced resignation looking at my key ring.  There was a house key and a car key, that’s it: a symbol of lost authority and prestige.  Members in Transition (MITs) are facing…

Micah Maxwell, Town Manager, Belleair

How long have you been a FCCMA member? 9 years. Are you an ICMA member and if so, how long? Yes, 9 years. Please describe your areas of formal/advanced education. I received my BA in Political Science from the University of Florida in 1999 and went on to receive my MPA from the University of…

August 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. Michele L. Baker, District VII, County Administrator, Pasco County, Full Member; Adam Benigni, District VI, Senior Planner, City of Naples, Affiliate Member; Gregory Fabiano, District…

Innovative Technologies Symposium

The Florida League of Cities Center for Municipal Research and Innovation is hosting the Innovative Technologies Symposium on Wednesday, August 14 from 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Orlando World Center Marriott. This free half-day symposium will feature national experts on municipal government technologies from around the country including a keynote lunch speaker from…

Beth Anne Knight, District III Director

How long have you been a FCCMA member?  5 years Are you an ICMA member and if so, how long?  No Please describe your areas of formal/advanced education. Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Walden University, Summa cum Laude Master of Business Administration from University of Central Florida What got you interested in public…

Deadlines and Daydreams

On one of our office bulletin boards is a post card that states:  “I LOVE deadlines!  I love the WHOOSING noise that is made as they go flying by!”  At this deadline-crazy time of year, I think of this post card often.  Other times of the year I may laugh about it; but now I…

Faye W. Outlaw, At-Large Director

How long have you been a FCCMA member? I joined FCCMA in 2008 and just received my five year pin. Are you an ICMA member and if so, how long? Yes, since 2008. Please describe your areas of formal/advanced education. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Bethune-Cookman College; now University and a…

In Memoriam of Duncan Ballantyne

Former member Duncan Ballantyne has passed away after a lengthy illness. Duncan joined FCCMA in 2006 shortly after becoming the Martin County Administrator and was a member until he left for a position in North Carolina. Duncan was an active member and will be remembered for his compassion and passion for the profession. He is…

Florida Sociable Leadership Summit

The Florida Sociable Leadership Summit will be held July 18-19 will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Historic Ybor City, Tampa. The Responsible Hospitality Institute has 11 unused comp registrations available and would like to offer them to FCCMA. Thanks to the generous support from Brown-Forman, Wine and Spirit Distributors of Florida, the…

Sally Sherman, District II Director

How long have you been a FCCMA member? I have been a member of FCCMA since 2007. Are you an ICMA member and if so, how long? I have been a member of ICMA since 1979. Please describe your areas of formal/advanced education. My formal/advanced education includes a Bachelor of Professional Studies in Business from…

Yocelyn Galiano, ICMA-CM, District V Director

How long have you been a FCCMA member? Since June 1999. Are you an ICMA member and if so, how long? Yes, since May 1997. Please describe your areas of formal/advanced education.  I have a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in International Relations and a Master’s in Public Administration – both…

FCCMA Dinner at the ICMA Annual Conference

FCCMA will hold its annual dinner at the ICMA Annual Conference in Boston at the Union Oyster House, 41 Union Street, Boston, MA 02108 on Monday, September 23.  Dinner is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. The buffet dinner includes chowder, salad, choice of three entrées, homemade corn bread and coffee service. RSVPs will be necessary, as…

FCCMA 2013 Conference Presentations

Weren’t able to attend the conference? Able to attend the conference but missed a session you were interested in? Go to: http://fccma.org/2013-conference-presentations/ and view some of the conference presentations. We do not have all of the sessions posted on the website but several are available. All of the conference session materials that we received are…

FCCMA 2014 Annual Conference Case Study Submittals

PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release The Florida City and County Management Association invites you to participate in the 2014 FCCMA Annual Conference by submitting a case study presentation application.  To ensure the best possible content for attendees of the annual conference, FCCMA is instituting a case study review and selection process.  Case study applications will…

President Russ Blackburn

How long have you been a FCCMA member? I initially joined FCCMA in 1987 and was a member for 2 years; I left the state of Florida to accept a position in Virginia and returned in 1997. I have been a member since that time. Are you an ICMA member and if so, how long?…

July 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. Roger Desjarlais, District VI, County Manager, Lee County, Full Member; Blake Giragos, District IV, Bachelor of Arts, University of Florida, Student Member; Ryan Henderson, District…

Public Service. Leadership. Commitment.

University of South Florida’s online Master of Public Administration degree is designed to prepare individuals for successful leadership roles and management careers in the public sector. The program is for experienced individuals employed in public service and/or nonprofit positions who may wish to pursue the Master of Public Administration to broaden their educational backgrounds and prepare…

Lee Garner, District I Director

How long have you been a FCCMA member? 16 years Are you an ICMA member and if so, how long? No Please describe your areas of formal/advanced education. MPA FROM BRENAU UNIVERSITY What got you interested in public service? After spending 20 years in the military, wanted to continue working in government arena. What is…

ICMA Wants You to Tell Your Story

ICMA will celebrate its 100th anniversary at the 2014 Conference in Charlotte. To celebrate its 100th year, ICMA has created a website to celebrate the past, present, and future of the organization and the local government profession. One of President Blackburn’s goals for this program year is to promote professional local government management. One way…

21st Century Diversity Recruitment Workshop

The workshop will be held on Thursday, August 8, 2013 from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm at the Rosen Centre Hotel, 9840 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819. Lunch is not included. Values: In today’s public sector milieu, resources are limited, thus warranting the need for organizations/departments to collaborate in an effort to accomplish their stated…

Exhibitors at the FCCMA 2013 Annual Conference

The Florida City and County Management Association would like to thank the following exhibitors for their participation in the 2013 Annual Conference at the Orlando Hilton.    The Association appreciates the many years of support from our exhibitors and your part in making it a good experience for all of the members. AAA – The Auto…

2013 Sponsors at the Annual Conference

FCCMA would like to thank the following companies who sponsored events at the Annual Conference:   Signature Sponsor Public Risk Insurance Agency Diamond Sponsors AshBritt, Inc. ♦ Bright House Networks ♦ Crowne Consulting Group Florida Municipal Insurance Trust ♦ Government Services Group, Inc.  ICMA-RC Johnson Controls, Inc. ♦ Musco Sports Lighting ♦ North Star Destination Strategies Safeguard Properties ♦…

Florida League of Cities’ Legislative Policy Committees

The Florida League of Cities is pleased to announce the start of the League’s legislative policy process for 2013 – 2014. The policy committees develop the Leagues legislative priorities and help League staff understand the real world implications of proposed legislation. In an effort to get more cities involved, the League is requesting that each…

2013 Years of Service to FCCMA Awards

FCCMA would like to thank the following members for their commitment to the Association. 5 Years Donald R. Cochran Craig M. Coffey Angela S. Crist James R. Dean Michelle delValle Amy W. Elliott Dr. Mary Ann Feldheim Kenneth Fields Maureen Freaney Charles Larry Hilton Kathleen S. Margoles Dolly Miller Faith G. Miller William P. Mitchell Bruce…

The District Games: Hail to the Winner

As everyone knows, FCCMA members love a good competition. This year’s Friday night social was designed around a competition among the eight districts. The evening began with an icebreaker. The attendees were each given a paper with squares filled with various questions. The competitors needed to find someone who had completed the activity on the…

Code of Ethics Tenet 7 Feedback

As part of a structured review of the ICMA Code of Ethics, a web chat was held on May 14 for members to provide input on the relevancy of Tenet 7 to the profession, and to identify the types of political activity that undermine public confidence in professional administrators. Nearly 150 members joined the web…

June 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. Rafael G. Casals, District V, Town Manager, Town of Cutler Bay, Full Member; Danny D. Jones, District IV, Deputy City Manager, City of Riviera Beach,…

2013 State of the Association

The annual State of the Association is linked here http://fccma.org/state-of-the-association/ for member review.  This annual summary of the Association’s programs, projects and fiscal status are provided in lieu of an annual report, which used to be mailed to each member.  This report also substitutes for committee reports at the annual business meeting, which will be held…

The Games Begin

Are you ready for a night of fun and excitement? We need YOU! Each district will need a volunteer to compete in the various district games. The evening will begin with an icebreaker. You can work individually or in a group. The first group to turn in a completed sheet will win. Then the district…

Executive Director’s Article: The Business of Associations

As you know, next week is the annual conference for FCCMA, which is celebrating its 67th year.  For associations, these annual conferences are usually more than just the keynote presentations, workshops and networking – it is also the setting for the annual business meeting.  With twin goals of transparency and effective communication, the Association posts…

Survey: Median Pay for Top Local Officials is $103K

Top appointed local government officials take home a median annual base salary of about $103,000, but their pay varies widely across jurisdictions. That’s according to a recently published survey of city managers, county administrators and other chief appointed officials in nearly 3,000 localities, conducted last year by the International City/County Management Association. As to be…

May 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. Courtney Barker, District III, City Manager, City of Satellite Beach, Full Member; Jeanette Genovese, District IV, Master’s of Public Administration, Barry University, Student Member; Dan…

Pay for Performance at the Local Government Level

Brandon Wagner, Director of Intragovernmental and Legislative Affairs, Hillsborough County would like your help. He is researching the idea of pay for performance at the local government level. He wants to know which local governments have implemented such a system or if any local governments have considered the concept, but have elected not to pursue…

More Resume Review Appointments Available

Bob Slavin from Slavin Management Consulants has offered to meet one-on-one with attendees by appointment. He will review your resume and offer helpful ways you may improve it based on what councils are requiring in this day and time. He will have appointment hours Friday, May 24 from 9:00 am – 5:00 p.m. To request…

Financial Planning Appointments at Conference

It’s never too early to start planning your retirement. Every year FCCMA invites professional financial planners from ICMA-RC to offer personal financial review and planning appointments. You don’t have to be a member of ICMA-RC to participate. ICMA-RC offers this review and planning to all FCCMA members. Chris Ervin and Hortensia Perez have appointments available…

Advance Leadership Assessment

Strategic Government Resources, a local government research firm, is offering FCCMA members and their organizations an opportunity to access a personalized Advanced Leadership Assessment at no cost and no strings attached. To take the assessment, go to gov.iopt.com  and complete the assessment.  It will take less than five minutes and the results will be among the…

CityStats 2013

The FLC Center for Municipal Research and Innovation is currently collecting the 2013 CityStats Survey. Every municipality’s participation is vital to producing accurate data. Without updated information from every city and town in Florida, the League is unable to provide helpful resources and research to elected officials and city staff throughout the year. If your…

FCCMA Committees

Do you want to become more involved and be part of the decision-making? Then sign up today and be a part of a FCCMA committee. The committee descriptions and sign-up forms are located on the website. Go to: http://fccma.org/member-committees/ for a list of the Program Year 2013/2014 committees. To view the committee tasks and to…

A Salute to the Center

The Center for Florida Local Government Excellence will present A Salute to the Center, hosted by FCCMA, at the Annual Conference on May 22 from 7:45 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the Hilton Orlando. Come out and support your center by attending the “Poor Man’s Supper.” All money raised will go to support the Center’s…

Register Today for the Annual Conference

If you are attending the conference and are planning to stay at the conference hotel, you need to register for the conference now. Paid registration is required to receive your housing information. The hotel cut-off date is April 26. The early registration cutoff date is May 6. You can still register onsite but the registration…

ICMA Scholarship for Women

As part of its ongoing commitment to attracting women into the field of local government management and helping develop those women who already work in the field, ICMA is offering scholarships to women to attend the ICMA 99th Annual Conference. Applications are being accepted through Monday, May 20th.   Full information on ICMA’s conference assistance scholarship program may…