“Mentoring—Mentor/Protégé Roles” Webinar

Mentors are essential in every profession, but even more so in local government. The relationship between mentor and protégé can take on many different forms and can bridge decades. Both the mentor and protégé skill sets are beneficial in professional development, as it takes a special individual to listen attentively and provide constructive advice. This…

FCCMA Lifesaver Award

Have you helped a Member-in-Transition (MIT) or do you know a FCCMA member who has helped a MIT? FCCMA established a policy in 1993 to help full members in the Association who have separated from their local government. FCCMA members are encouraged to hire MITs for special projects and/or interim positions whenever possible. In 2003,…

Transparency Webinar

April 11, 2013 | 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EST | Registration Deadline: April 8, 2013 Cost: $50 FACC members/$75 nonmembers Transparency – it’s not just records, sunshine laws, financial reporting or the latest craze. A lack of information can create a perception that something is being hidden and erode trust in government. One way…

Register Today for the FCCMA Annual Conference

The FCCMA Annual Conference will be held May 22-25, 2013 at the Hilton Orlando in Orlando, FL. The conference will open with the opening general session – For the Love of Cities. Author Peter Kageyama looks at what makes cities lovable, what motivates citizens to do extraordinary things for their places and how some cities use…

ICMA Conference

The ICMA Conference will be held September 22-25, 2013 in Boston, MA. Registration and housing will open June 3 at 12:00 noon. Most of the keynote and featured speakers have been confirmed. The lineup represents a variety of values and messages.  At all times ICMA’s goal of “Best Conference ever” was kept in mind!! Sunday…

2013 Directory Update Forms

It is that time of year again to review your current directory information and make any necessary changes.  The forms were sent last week along with conference information.  If you would like a picture included in your directory list, please send a digital picture with a minimum 300 dpi. The forms and pictures are due…

Committee Interest Forms

President-Elect Blackburn is putting together his committees for next year. This year, signups for committees will be different. The chairs and tasks for each committee will be posted on the website and you will go to the page of the committee on which you would like to serve and click on Join a FCCMA Committee.…

Richard G. (Dick) Simmons: At Home on the Range

This article was originally published in the May 2011 Manager newsletter to recognize Dick Simmons’ 60 years of service to FCCMA. By Ann Toney-Deal Setting the Stage In 1823, Florida’s territorial Governor, Andrew Jackson, assigned two men to ride their horses, one from Pensacola and the other from St. Augustine, and where they met would…

April 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. Lori S. Bonino, District IV, Assistant Town Manager, Town of Jupiter, Full Member; Zeriah K. Folston, District VII, Budget Analyst, Alachua County, Affiliate Member; Michelle Tipton,…

In Memory of Dick Simmons

Richard “Dick” Simmons, past president and range rider emeritus, died on Tuesday, March 19, 2013. Many members will recall Dick’s cowboy hat, which he always wore to conferences and meetings as a Range Rider. Dick joined FCCMA in 1951 and was an active member until the day he died. Dick started his public service career…

Last Onsite Training Session for this Program Year

This last session will provide an Economic Review of Florida and its Southeast Region, including trends (employment, population, economic recovery and the housing markets); review of the various industries impacting our economy; and impact of the growth of the Latin American/Caribbean markets.  We will discuss innovative methods to leverage capital – both debt and equity…

FCCMA District Games at Annual Conference

Are you ready for a night of fun and excitement? Get your competitive juices flowing and support your district in our FCCMA District Games. The eight districts will compete in events of skill, smarts, and song. This year’s festivities will include “Are you Smarter than a 5th Grader,” Karaoke, Corn Hole, Putt-Putt, “Majority Rules”, and…

FCCMA Annual Conference: Inspirational Breakfast – My Field of Dreams: Sticks and Stones

As the daughter of migrant workers with eleven siblings and limited support, Sally Sherman, Flagler County’s deputy administrator, learned early from life’s trials. Working through her struggles provided her with the power she needed to grow her faith to a new level. She learned to trust God patiently and to leave her trials behind as she pressed forward towards…

March 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. Bolton Parners, Inc., District IV, Contact: Jeffrey DeLisle, Senior Consultant, Corporate Member.

Coupons at FCCMA Annual Conference

This year, FCCMA has teamed up with Orlando Convention Aid to help you make the most of your time in Orlando. Available discounts include restaurants, golf, attractions, nightlife, shopping and much more. Each listing offers detailed information and discount coupons that can be printed. They can also make your dinner reservation, book your group dinner…

Report from the ICMA SE Vice President

Lee Feldman, City Manager of Fort Lauderdale and ICMA SE Regional Vice President reported at the February Board Meeting that ICMA is pushing volunteerism and asking the state associations to get their members more engaged in things rather than being passive members.   The next generation is very critical to ICMA.  ICMA is hoping that Florida…

Lease Assumption Offer

The Village of Golf has a TOO large (size and volume) postal machine that we cannot trade out.  We are 1/3 of the way into our lease and our Pitney Bowes’ rep said they would be willing to allow the lease to go to another jurisdiction and have them take it over.  It is in…

Friday Night at Conference

Come to the Friday Night Social at the Annual Conference and see what the conference planning committee has put together for this year’s event. Last year, the districts competed in Jeopardy and Bruce Haddock won for District 7. This year the districts will compete in several different games for points. The district that wins the…

ICMA Credentialed Manager Program

Below are the three steps to ICMA credentialing. They are:  Confirm that you are eligible. See icma.org/credentialedmgr or contact credentialing@icma.org Complete the Applied Knowledge Assessment at webassessor.com/aka Complete the credentialing application at icma.org/credentialing. For those of you who are credentialed managers and have questions about course tracking, here is a suggestion on how to track…

ICMA University: Young Professionals Leadership Institute

ICMA University is offering career support and encouragement to help young professionals through the tough management challenges ahead by providing low cost- high return professional development opportunities.  This is a special opportunity for young professionals to build leadership skills while benefiting from peer-to-peer interaction during an ICMA University workshop session, networking, and a session on managing finances…

The Top 10 Habits of Grateful People…Even In Tough Times

“‘Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.” — Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887) It is no secret that gratefulness is correlated with life satisfaction and happiness. Countless research findings, particularly in the rapidly emerging field of Positive Psychology, have shown that gratefulness and life satisfaction go hand in hand.  Those who tend to be…

So You Want To Be A City/County Manager?

Then you need to attend this free one-day session at the FCCMA Annual Conference! This pre-conference session will be held Wednesday, May 22, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. – 3:45 p.m., at the Hilton Orlando, 6001 Destination Parkway, Orlando, FL. The theme this year is “Hitting the Refresh Button.” Session topics include: “The 3 R’s of…

FCCMA 2013 Awards

The deadline is approaching to submit nominations for the FCCMA awards. All submittals must be electronic, not larger than 1mb and received by Carol Russell at crussell@flcities.com by 5:00 p.m. on February 25, 2013. Late entries will not be considered. A confirmation email will be sent after the award is received. The 2013 Award Categories…

February Executive Director’s Column

Two items to share this week from your director:  a very successful meeting was held with members of the FCCMA Legislative Committee and a selected group of House, Senate and joint legislative committee staff directors and their analysts.  We met in Tallahassee on January 29 and had 9 committees represented.  This is the fourth time…

FCCMA Winter Institute

Over 90 FCCMA members and sponsors participated in the FCCMA 2013 Winter Institute. Felicia Logan, ICMA Director of Leadership Development facilitated the day-and-a-half event. She closed Friday’s session by bringing the conversations full circle and guided attendees in developing a personal action plan of “take aways.” The picture is from the coaching session on Friday.…

Florida Benchmarking Consortium

The Florida Benchmarking Consortium’s Annual Spring Conference will be held April 25-26, 2013 at the City of Winter Park Community Center. The theme for this year’s conference is “Engaging Internal and External Customers Through Metrics.” This conference will take a look at creating buy-in for internal customer and soliciting advocates for your programs and services…

ICMA Southeast Regional Summit

Make Your Plans to Attend the ICMA Southeast Regional Summit The ICMA Southeast Regional Summit is designed to bring together ICMA members, state association members and leaders, and other local government professionals, for professional development and information sharing. Individuals from all eleven states in the region are encouraged to attend.    This year’s theme, ICMA: GREAT…

Melbourne Onsite Training Session

Join FCCMA on February 27, 2013 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Pineda Landing Park’s POW/MIA Community Center, 5995 N. US Highway 1/Rockledge Boulevard in Melbourne for an onsite training session on Strategic Planning. Lyle Sumek and Associates, Inc. is a consulting organization that specializes in team building, strategic planning, and goal setting…

Last Reminder for FCCMA Dues

Per FCCMA by-laws, FCCMA dues billed October 1, 2012 are due no later than February 1, 2013. If you have not paid your dues, please note that after February 1, 2013 the database will be updated and all members whose dues have not been paid will be removed from the database. If you have any…

February 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. Micah E.S. Badana, District VII, Management Analyst, Town of Belleair, Affiliate Member; Michael A. McNees, District III, City Manager, City of Melbourne, Full Member; Ellen Vause,…

“Crisis Management: The Sanford Experience”

“Every city and county manager and department head faces daily challenges and every so often a mini crisis that tests their wits and experience. However, some local government managers, when they least expect it, are confronted with a “major crisis” that brings international attention to their agency and the manager is thrust into the middle…

FCCMA 2013 Awards and Scholarships

It’s that time of year again when the scholarship and awards applications are due. Are you a student in public administration or related degree at a Florida-based university? If you will be enrolled in either Summer 2013 or Fall 2013 then you may be eligible for the B. Harold Farmer Scholarship. The recipient will receive…

In Memoriam – Richard Black

Richard Black, former range rider, passed away on December 21, 2012. He has been a FCCMA member over 15 years. He served as a range rider from 1994-2001. He was born on December 22, 1919 in Butler, PA. He began his public career in 1948 and served until 1980 in several cities in six states.…

Two More Onsite Training Sessions in January

There are two more onsite training sessions being held around the state. The first session will be held in Gulf Breeze on January 18 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, Central Time. The topic is “Respect and Civility in Local Government: Tips and Ideas for a Local Government Employee.” The last onsite training session will…

In Memoriam

Don Lusk who is a former FCCMA member, passed away on Friday, December 28, 2012. Mr. Lusk served in several municipal governments during his tenure as a member. He got his start in Pinellas Park and served in Redington Shores as his last position. He served on the FCCMA Board of Directors in 1986/1987 while…

ICMA Recognition

Overview For nearly 50 years, ICMA, the International City/County Management Association, has recognized those communities that have established a position of professional management (e.g., a city, town, township, borough, village, or /county manager administrator position) and meet a set of specific criteria regarding that position’s qualifications and appointment; policy formation, budget preparation, appointing authority; and…

Onsite Training Sessions in January

There are three onsite training sessions being held around the state. The first training session will be held in Doral on January 11 from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm. The topic is “Bridging the Gap in Council-Manager Relations.” Lee Feldman, Fort Lauderdale City Manager; Jorge Gonzalez, Former Miami Beach City Manager and Eric Soroka, Aventura…

ICMA’s Life Well Run Campaign

Life, Well Run is a campaign to raise awareness of and appreciation for the value professional local government managers bring to building communities we’re proud to call home. Professional managers are key to making local government services more effective, ethical, and efficient in 27 percent of counties across America, and in more than 59 percent…

January 17 Webinar

Don’t miss the webinar “Legislative Update – Preparing for the Next Legislative Session” on January 17 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eastern. Representatives from the Florida League of Cities and the Florida Association of Counties will report on what to expect in the 2013 legislative session and what you can do to help. Click…

January 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. Terry E. Goswick Jr., District VII, Master’s of Public Administration, University of South Florida, Student Member; Lisa Hendrickson, District VII, Assistant Human Resources Administrator, Affiliate…

FCCMA Awards Program

The Florida City and County Management Association is pleased to announce the 2013 Awards Program. All awards will be selected by the FCCMA Awards Committee and will be presented at the annual conference in May. For a brochure and application form, go to http://fccma.org/fccma-awards/. The application deadline is 5:00 p.m., February 25, 2013. For more…

Happy Holidays to all FCCMA members!

As December brings this year to a close, it is a good time to pause and reflect on some of the Association’s biggest moments of the year.  I think the defeat of Amendment #4 tops the “most thankful” list for me, followed closely by an end to the election season overall!  Seeing that Florida’s voters…

2012 ASPA Suncoast Public Service Awards

Picot B. Floyd Public Service Leadership Treasure Island City Manager Reid Silverboard received the 2012 Picot B. Floyd Public Service Leadership Award. Reid has 30 plus years of public service with the past five years as City Manager of Treasure Island. His nominators spoke highly of him: “ . . . he has the ability…

Managing Counties Across the Country

The National Association of County Administrators (NACA) encourages professional development for county administrators and provides information and resources to its members to improve the management of county government. The members of NACA are county administrators from counties across the country, and many are members of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) or the National Association…

FCCMA DUES NOTICES

The second dues notices have been sent. If you have not received your dues notice, please call Carol Russell at (850) 222-9684 or email her at crussell@flcities.com for another copy. All dues must be paid by February 1, 2013 to keep your membership current. Any members whose dues are not paid by February 1 will…

“Change Happens: Are You Up For It?”

The FCCMA Winter Institute has been scheduled for February 7-8, 2013 in Lake Mary, Florida, at the Lake Mary Westin.  Many of you know how prestigious this training event has become—it is regarded by many members as the best training offered. Attendance for the Winter Institute is limited to allow for the attendee interaction required…

December 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 a member, he/she will be invoiced for dues. Jeffrey A. Bremer, District IV, Assistant City Manager, City of Port St. Lucie, Full Member; Mark Cunningham, District VII, Assistant County Administrator, Sarasota County,…

Supervisor to Leader

The Florida Institute of Government at the Florida State University is proud to announce that its highly acclaimed and popular Supervisor to Leader training program is being offered as a webinar series for the first time this December.      Normally a three-day long program taught in a seminar setting, the Institute has adapted the…

FCCMA Sarasota Symposium

The Florida City and County Management Association will hold its second symposium in Sarasota. The topic is “The Challenge of Providing Services for the Next Five Years.” The symposium will be held in conjunction with the Florida Association of Counties’ Legislative Conference on November 30, 2012 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm at the Sarasota Hyatt. You…

“Water Issues and Innovations” Symposium

The Florida League of Cities’ Center for Municipal Research and Innovation will hold a symposium on Wednesday, November 14 from 8:30 am – 12:00 pm at the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport (Regency DE). The title of the symposium is “Water Issues and Innovations.” Speakers will discuss: Water in Central Florida: Strategies and Initiatives at…

November 15 Webinar

Don’t miss the webinar “Simplified Strategic Planning – What All Agencies Can Do” on November 15 from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Eastern. This will cover ICMA Practice Area 13: Strategic Planning. Over the last five years, local governments have seen reduced revenues, cuts in personnel, frozen wages, unfunded mandates, and plenty of uncertainty about expectations…

November New Members

The following membership applications have been received.  If no current member comes forth with a reason why this applicant should not be approved as a member, they will be invoiced for dues. Cheryl S. Atkins, District II, Grants Coordinator, City of Deltona, Affiliate Member; Heather Bacus, District VI, Director of Human Resources, Charlotte County, Affiliate…

Creating an Innovation Economy Platform in a University Community – Erik Berdfeldt, Project Leader

Since 2001, the City of Gainesville has worked to accentuate its local economic competitive advantage which is the growth and development of innovative economy industry. This is due to: 1) the community’s profile that emphasizes the role of intellectual and social capital in community economic development with the University of Florida and Santa Fe College…

Meet Bob LaSala – District VII Director

How long have you been a FCCMA member? 32 Years. Are you an ICMA member and if so, how long? Yes, for 38 Years. Please describe your areas of formal/advanced education. B.A. in History from LeMoyne College in Syracuse, N.Y. MPA Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University Graduate of the Senior…

Executive Director October Article

Happy New Fiscal Year!  This calendar year is rapidly passing, which usually leaves me feeling a bit sad, but a new fiscal year can bring some smiles…new goals, new ideas – and a recommitment to our local governments.  Having just returned from the ICMA Conference in Phoenix, there are two items to share with you…

FCCMA Fall Symposium Schedule

The FCCMA Professional Development Committee has planned the fall symposium, “The Challenge of Providing Services for the Next Five Years.”  You have a choice of attending the symposium on November 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Port Orange Lakeside Pavilion or on November 30 at the Sarasota Hyatt. The November 30 symposium…

Winter Haven Onsite Training Session

Every city and county manager and department head faces daily challenges and every so often a mini crisis that tests their wits and experience. However, some local government managers, when they least expect it, are confronted with a “major crisis” that brings international attention to their agency and the manager is thrust into the middle…

October New Members

The following membership applications have been received.  If no current member comes forth with a reason why this applicant should not be approved as a member, they will be invoiced for dues. Steven Alexander, District V, Former City Manager, Subscriber Member; John Bailey, District I, Master’s of Public Administration, Florida State University, Student Member; Jerry…

September Member Profile

Judith (Judie) Ann Zimomra City Manager, City of Sanibel District VI Director How long have you been a FCCMA member? Since starting Florida employment in 2001; 11 years ago. Are you an ICMA member and if so, how long? 30+ years. Please describe your areas of formal/advanced education. BA Kent State University MPA – Finance…

September 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, the applicant will be invoiced for dues.  Walter Barry, District VII, Retired, Life Member; Michael Beedie, District I, City Manager, City of Fort Walton Beach, Full Member; Sheri Coven, District…