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…

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…