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…

Redevelopment Academy

The Florida Redevelopment Agency is proud to offer the Redevelopment Academy, a certification program designed to promote a prerequisite level of knowledge and professionalism in the field of redevelopment. Click on the link below for application and registration information. The courses are open to anyone interested in learning more about redevelopment practice in Florida. Depending…

FCCMA Program Year 2013-2014: Slate of Officers and Directors

To Be Elected at Annual Business Meeting May 24, 2013 Hilton, Orlando President Russ Blackburn, City Manager, Gainesville President-Elect Jill Silverboard, Assistant City Manager, Clearwater Secretary/Treasurer** Michael Pleus, City Manager, DeLand Past President Joyce Shanahan, City Manager, Ormond Beach District I Director Lee Garner, City Manager, Chattahoochee District II Director** Sally Sherman, Deputy County Administrator,…

Congrautulations to St. Lucie County

FCCMA congratulates St. Lucie County for receiving the Sunny Award. The Sunny Award is given by the Editors of Sunshine Review to honor the most transparent government websites in the nations.  These outstanding websites have scored an “A+” transparency grade on Sunshine Review’s Transparency Checklist. St. Lucie County was one of 247 recipients out of…

Attention FCCMA Districts I and II

The North Florida Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration is currently accepting nominations for its 2013 Public Service Awards of Excellence. These awards will be given in three categories honoring individuals for their outstanding achievements. The 2013 Public Service Awards of Excellence will be presented to three individuals currently serving in the public or…

ICMA Practice Areas for Sessions at Conference

Are you a credentialed manager or candidate and need to keep track of your professional development hours? This conference will address most ICMA Practice Groups. Below is a list of the sessions at the annual conference and the ICMA Practice Area covered at each session. This list is provided prior to the conference so that…

“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…