The Hub: ICMA Annual Conference

ICMA is excited to present the new ICMA Annual Conference group within the ICMA online member community. This group will serve as a hub for all things Annual Conference: ask and answer questions, share tips on the event, get to know other participants, and more! The Annual Conference group will have a Live Feed where…

ICMA Webinar: Promoting Trust in a Divisive World

Thursday, October 10, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET Registration is FREE – Advance registration is required. Click here to register. Webinar Topics: 1. What are the keys to promoting trust in local government? 2. How have local governments built and rebuilt trust? 3. What are useful approaches and resources to support your efforts? Presenters: Frank…

2020 Transforming Local Government Conference

Now Accepting Presentation & Award Applications Submit your innovation by October 4 to be featured at Transforming Local Government Innovation, at its core, is about making things better in ways that are useful and valuable. It is about changing our services, our processes, our tools or our products to add value that matters to the people…

Temporary Finance Professional Network

HELPING GOVERNMENT FINANCE ORGANIZATIONS FILL THE GAP The FGFOA is excited to offer this new program that provides a listing of Finance Professionals (members) who will provide temporary staffing to local governments that are in need of assistance due to retirements, extended vacancies, special projects or peak workloads. FGFOA members have thousands of years of…

September 2019 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. Jeremy Allen, District IV, Village Manager, Village of Tequesta, Full Member; Matthew Matherne, District I, Senior Management Analyst, City of Tallahassee, Affiliate Member; Cameron…

August 2019 President’s Message

Below, you will find information related to the ethics requirements of FCCMA members, which was the original intention of this newsletter article.  With Hurricane Dorian approaching the State of Florida as a major hurricane, I first want to wish all of you, your families and your communities well over the next few days.  FCCMA members…

Northern District Court Order Dismisses ADA-based Complaint

Attached is a recent Northern District Court Order dismissing the Plaintiff’s (Gil) ADA based Complaint against the City of Pensacola with prejudice (lack of standing). This Order refers to both the Ocala and Longboat Key Orders referenced below. Attachment Attached are two recent Middle District Court Orders dismissing the Plaintiff’s ADA based Complaint: Price v.…

August 2019 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. Leanne Addy, District VI, City Clerk/Treasurer, City of Anna Maria; Kathy Bangley, District VIII, Director of Development Services, City of Lake Wales, Full Member;…

The Road to Leadership: Don’t Just Survive – Thrive

Sheraton Raleigh Hotel, 421 S. Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC September 13, 2019, 9:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. Registration Deadline: September 12, 2019 Price: $25. Join ICMA, The League of Women in Government and Cigna, for this one-day leadership event, to hear successful women in local government, share their journeys to success. This workshop is designed to…

Leadership Florida

Leadership Florida recently announced that Darren Gray, Clermont City Manager and Antonio Jefferson, Gretna City Manager  will be part of its Cornerstone Class 38 for 2019-2020. Leadership Florida’s members represent the highest levels of leadership from Florida’s many diverse sectors. The Leadership Florida selection committee, comprised of Leadership Florida graduates from throughout the state, sought…

Thriving Earth Exchange

The American Geophysical Union (AGU) is recruiting communities to participate in their Thriving Earth Exchange (TEX). AGU’s TEX program matches communities with pro bono scientists to solve local challenges related to natural resources, climate change, and natural hazards. Several ICMA member-led communities are participating. Communities that have received assistance include Evanston IL, Berlin MD, Las…

Cyber Florida at USF Publishes Free Guide to Ransomware Prevention

Two recent and costly ransomware attacks perpetrated against Florida cities have raised renewed concerns about this pernicious cyber threat among Florida’s municipalities and businesses. To help mitigate this ongoing threat to Florida’s businesses and organizations, Cyber Florida at the University of South Florida has published a free Guide to Ransomware Prevention, available online at https://www.cyberflorida.org/gov.…

Congratulations Lori LaVerriere

City Manager Lori LaVerriere, ICMA-CM been selected into 2019-20 Leadership Engage Program, a flagship program for Leadership Palm Beach County (LPBC). LPBC unites leaders to improve Palm Beach County and deepens their civic commitment and awareness of diverse issues and industries. This highly competitive 10-month program offers participants a powerful new network and a transformative…

July 2019 President’s Message

In each ICMA region, there are three ICMA vice presidents. In the Southeast region, one vice president represents the northern group: Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. The second vice president represents the southern group: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and South Carolina. The third vice president is a non-CEO position and is…

Transparency through Performance Reporting

By Mike Grebosz, Assistant City Manager, City of DeLand In our current climate, trust and transparency have increasingly become items of concern voiced by many members of the public. One avenue the City of DeLand has used in recent years to create transparency and reinforce a trusting relationship with our residents, businesses, and visitors is…

July 2019 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. Orange Lien Data, District III, Contact: Scott Bird, Business Development Manager, Corporate Member; and Vincent Tenaglia, District VII, Assistant City Manager, City of St.…

Inaugural Class Held for Future City and County Managers

Building upon the successful “So You Want to Be…” workshops held at FCCMA’s conference annually, a new two-day workshop was held July 12-13 at the FLC University’s Orlando classroom.  The class was named “The Keys to City and County Management: Making Your Move.”  Attendees were department directors, assistants and deputies from across Florida, each desiring…

2019 Public Records Management Three-Part Webinar Series

John Scott Dailey Florida Institute of Government August 7, 14 and 31 at 2:00 p.m. Series Fee: $150 (Group discounts available) The Public Records Management: 2019 Live Webinar Series has been designed to assist all public agency records custodians, Records Management Liaison Officers (RMLOs), management and staff to better understand and meet the legal requirements to comply with…

Rapid-Fire Process Improvement Success Stories

Thursday, May 30, 2019 2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Rapid Fire Process Improvement Success Stories: Emily Colon, Assistant City Manager, Lakeland Rapid Fire Improvement Process Success Stories: Aricka Johnson, Structural Innovation Manager, Fort Lauderdale Rapid Fire Process Improvement Success Stories: Jonathan Lewis, County Administrator and Tracy Miller, Manager of Strategy Development, Sarasota County Rapid Fire…

2019 Sponsors and Exhibitors

FCCMA would like to thank its sponsors and exhibitors for their contributions to the 2019 Annual Conference. The Association appreciates the many years of support. ABM Advanced Disposal AECOM Technical Services Ajax Building Corporation Alpha Foundations Specialist Alternative Claims Management Ameresco American Fidelity AngioScreen AshBritt, Inc. Asphalt Paving Systems, Inc. AT&T Ballator Insurance Group Black…

2018 – 2019 Newly-Credentialed Managers

Steve Botelho, Assistant County Administrator, Sarasota County Andrew Hyatt, City Manager, Neptune Beach Christopher Lagerbloom, City Manager, Fort Lauderdale Joseph Murphy, Town Manager, Belleair Jason Nunemaker, City Manager, Fellsmere Nydia Rafols, Former Deputy City Manager, Hallandale Beach Emilie Smith, Assistant City Manager, Sunrise

FCCMA 2019 Award Recipients

Congratulations to Howard Tipton, County Administrator, St. Lucie County, 2019 recipient of the Richard (Dick) Simmons Lifetime Achievement Award. Michael J. Roberto Award for Career Development: Jonathan R. Lewis, County Administrator, Sarasota County President’s Award: Mayor George Cretekos, City of Clearwater If You Care You Do Award: Dr. Michael L. Abels, Retired City Manager, City…

2019 Years of Service to FCCMA Awards

Congratulations to Samuel Halter for 50 years of service! 45 Years Craig M. Hunter Dan Kleman Anthony Shoemaker 40 Years Robert S. LaSala John C. Litton Peter G. Lombardi William Neron Frederick C. Nutt 35 Years John J. Drago Joseph L. Gallegos Robert E. Lee Kenneth W. Parker V. Eugene Williford III 30 Years Michael…

Program Year 2019 – 2020 Board of Directors

President: Shannon Lewis, City Manager, Melbourne President-Elect: Micah Maxwell, Assistant City Manager, City of Clearwater Secretary/Treasurer: Horace McHugh, Deputy City Manager, Coral Springs Past President: Michael Cernech, City Manager, Tamarac District I Director: Michael Beedie, City Manager, Fort Walton Beach District II Director: Michael Grebosz, Assistant City Manager, DeLand District III Director: Suzanne Sherman, Deputy City Manager, Palm Bay District IV Director: Lori…

ICMA 2019 Annual Conference

By Jim Hanson, FCCMA Past President Join ICMA for our 2019 Annual Conference, October 20-23, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. Since 1914, ICMA has sponsored an annual conference that enables local government managers and their staffs to network, discuss key management issues, review major local government developments, adopt policy statements, and conduct association business. Conference keynote…

2019 District VII Networking Event Update

Members in District VII held a networking event on Tuesday, June 18th at the Habana Cafe in Gulfport. After the networking event, the group accompanied District VII Director Matt Spoor to the City of Gulfport to recognize the mayor and council for 65 years of council-manager form of government.

Is Your Community a Health Community Champion

The Florida Department of Health wants to recognize communities taking a Health in All Policies approach to comprehensive planning. Health in All Policies is a collaborative approach to improving health by incorporating health considerations into decision-making across sectors and policy areas. By implementing recommended policies, local governments can promote community environments where the healthy choice…

June 2019 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. Anthony Apfelbeck, District III, Director of Building and Fire Safety, City of Altamonte Springs, Affiliate Member; Allan Biddlecomb, District VII, Program Administrator, Public Infrastructure…

June 2019 President’s Message

When Mike Cernech took office as president last year, he and I spoke about the need for continuity in order to provide valuable programs and opportunities for our membership long-term. In addition to continuing the good work already in motion, the goals I have for this year have been derived from the principles of our…

May 2019 President’s Message

June marks a changing of the guard each year for FCCMA. At our annual conference we swear in a new President, Executive Committee and Board of Directors. This is my last article as your Association President and I’ll spend it thanking those who’ve helped make FCCMA a better association going forward. First, I’ll thank the…

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Pre-Conference Workshop at the FLGISA Conference

When: July 22, 2019 – 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Where: Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, Orlando FL Registration: https://flgisa-members.flcities.com/flgisaannualconference Cost: $50 (Covers self-parking, refreshments and complimentary networking event after session). For FLGISA members that have already registered, this session is included in your full conference registration rate ($275). Since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)…

2019 CityStats Survey: Every City’s Data Matters!

The 2019 FLC CityStats survey is now underway. Please make sure your city takes part in this vital survey. Data collected is used to produce annual analysis reports, support the League’s legislative advocacy efforts and provide answers for member city data inquiries. Much of the CityStats data is not available anywhere else. The 2019 survey…

Clermont City Manager Receives UCF Alumni Award

Clermont City Manager Darren Gray received a prestigious award from his alma matter this week. The University of Central Florida (UCF) honored Gray with the 2019 Alumni Achievement Award in Public Administration on May 7 at UCF’s Morgridge International Reading Center. The ceremony was held during Public Service Recognition Week. “Darren has demonstrated incredible success…

May 2019 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. Andrew Butterfield, District VII, Affiliate Member; Kyle Coleman, District VI, Assistant to the Village Manager, Village of Estero, Affiliate Member; William Curvin, District VII,…

2019 District VII Networking Event

Date: 6/18/19 Time: 5-6:30 pm, followed by Gulfport City Council recognition at 7 p.m. Location: Habana Café, upstairs – 5402 Gulfport Blvd. S., Gulfport, FL 33707 The Florida City and County Management Association is a community of city and county managers, and others aspiring to hold these positions. With more than 600 members, FCCMA provides…

April 2019 President’s Message

Fellow FCCMA Members: Do not forget it’s time to register for the FCCMA annual conference! It’s important to register early, please make the commitment. Your President-Elect, Shannon Lewis (CM-Melbourne) and the Conference Planning Committee have been working really hard to put together another great conference. The President-Elect’s main job is to plan the annual conference…

District Training in DeLand

On Friday April 26, District II held a training event at the Sanborn Center in DeLand.  The topic was “Current Trends and Best Practices for Employment Labor Law and Labor Negotiations.” Attorneys Jeff Mandel and Benton Woods both with the firm Fisher and Phillips, updated attendees on current trends and practices in this evolving law…

PInellas County Red Tied Abatement

By Addie Javed, PE, Public Works Director, ajaved@pinellascounty.org and Tony Fabrizio, Public Information Specialist, Marketing & Communications, tfabrizio@pinellascounty.org Address: 22211 US Highway 19N, Building 1. Clearwater, FL 33765 Red tide is a naturally occurring microscopic algae, Karenia Brevis (K.brevis) that has been documented along Florida’s Gulf Coast since the 1840’s. It produces brevetoxins that affect…

In Memoriam of W.D. Higginbotham

W. D. Higginbotham, a 25+-year FCCMA member, recently passed away. Mr. Higginbotham’s distinguished public sector career of over 30 years has included serving as chief executive officer and chief financial officer of cities in Florida and California. He served as City Manager of Gainesville, Melbourne Beach, Surfside, and Madeira Beach. After being recruited by the…

District Training at Florida Gulf Coast University

On Friday April 12, District VI held a training event at Florida Gulf Coast University, co-sponsored by the FGCU ICMA Student Chapter.  The topic was “Professional Management: Ethical Challenges in 2019.” Student members from the FGCU ICMA Student Chapter moderated the event. A group of managers from the region shared their experiences with the attendees. …

2019 District IV Networking Event

by Lori LaVerriere, City Manager, City of Boynton Beach Our District IV Networking event was a success!   This event was sponsored by FCCMA, PBCCMA and FAU.  As you can see in the photos we had a great turnout.  We set up the event like a “speed dating” event…..different managers spoke on a variety of topics…

FCCMA Training in Plantation

FCCMA held a training on March 29th in Plantation on “Enhancing Education in Your Community: Using a Business Action Team.” Attendees were provided an overview of how the public education systems affected their communities and their ability to attract quality business. They learned how and why businesses, cities, counties and school boards need to work…

April 2019 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 will be invoiced for dues. Christia Alou, District V, Village Manager, Village of El Portal, Full Member; Andy Brooks, District III, Administrative Services Director, City of Casselberry, Affiliate Member;…

March 2019 President’s Message

I write to you this month with the realization my term as FCCMA President is coming to an end soon. It’s been a great experience for me in any number of ways and you’ve made it well worth the time required to serve. In March I had the pleasure of serving as the Chairperson of…

District V Training in Pinecrest

On Friday March 22, District V held a training event in PInecrest.  The topic was “Mindfulness.” The group learned techniques to help them put aside distractions, be present, focused and in-the-moment.  Attendees enjoyed the opportunity to network and meet others engaged in local government work.  Keep a look out for more great training programs like…

Strategic Community Engagement

By Russ Blackburn, City Manager and Kate Parmelee, Strategic Initiatives Director, City of Port St. Lucie The future of our cities and counties are shaped by those who live there today.  An ongoing challenge for local government leaders is finding ways to effectively engage residents so we can ensure our services and policies reflect their…

Growth Management Workshops in Duval County

May 9-10, 2019 Duval County UF/IFAS Extension Office, 1010 N. McDuff Avenue, Jacksonville On Thursday, May 9, there will be a growth management planning officials training and on Friday, May 10, there will be a planning administration best practices series. To register, click here. Gene Boyles, Senior Fellow of the Program for Resource Efficient Communities,…

Celebrating Public Service

Florida International University invites you to attend an event celebrating public service. The purpose of the event is for FIU students to learn more about local public servants and their roles in the community. It is also an opportunity to showcase the officials’ expertise and network with other local officials. Each of the officials will…

March 2019 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. Zoie Burgess, District IV, Assistant Town Manager, Town of Lake Clarke Shores, Full Member; Felicia Donnelly, District VII, Assistant City Manager, City of Oldsmar,…

February 2019 President’s Message

Let me begin by saying how much I enjoyed seeing so many of you at this year’s Winter Institute. This Winter Institute was our best attended program yet and I want to thank Micah Maxwell and his Winter Institute Committee for all their hard work making our time in Tampa so beneficial. Also, let’s not…

Taylor Brown, City Manager, City of Perry

How long have you been a FCCMA member and why did you join?  I was a City Planner prior to transitioning to City Manager. I had been active for many years in the American (and Florida) Planning Associations which had proven vital to my continued professional development.  I became a city manager in the spring…

Engagement Leads to High Performance

by Gina Peebles, Assistant County Manager, Alachua County This year’s Winter Institute took participants from the management style of the Industrial Revolution through the present.  Between 1870 and 1970, management was through strict supervision.  Tasks were small and repetitive.  Human capital was expendable. Post 1970, rapid change occurred, much of which was due to technological…

February 2019 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. Peggy Castano, District V, Special Assistant to City Manager, City of Lauderdale Lakes, Full Member; Keith Clinkscale, District IV, Director, Strategic Planning & Performance Management,…

January 2019 President’s Message

Fellow FCCMA Members it is hard for me to believe it’s already February! The Winter Institute is in Tampa in two weeks, the ICMA SouthEast Region meetings are at the end of the month and soon we will be back at the annual conference! Our committees are working at full throttle. If you are a…

Taking a Vital Step Toward Website Accessibility

By Woody Estep, Municode The Internet has dramatically changed the way local governments engage their residents. Many local government websites offer a quick and convenient way of paying bills, renewing licenses, signing up for programs, applying for permits, or performing a wide variety of other services. As a result, many residents can easily access this…

Growth Management Workshops in Charlotte County

March 7-8, 2019 Charlotte County, 25550 Harbor View Road #3, Port Charlotte On Thursday, March 7, there will be a growth management planning officials training and on Friday, March 8, there will be a planning administration best practices series. To register, click here. Gene Boyles, Senior Fellow of the Program for Resource Efficient Communities, University…

Florida Hurricane Recovery Survey

NACo and ICMA recognize how many of their Florida members have been impacted by recent disasters. In our effort to provide long term recovery support to Florida counties and cities they invite you to participate in a survey that will assist them in building post recovery resources, including content for ICMA-NACo Disaster Recovery Webinar and…

Survey Responses Needed for UCF Doctoral Student

The University of Central Florida is conducting research into strategic planning in Florida municipalities. Your city’s participation would be greatly appreciated and of great benefit. The survey has 12 questions and should take approximately 5 minutes to complete. Download the survey here and return to FLC Research Analyst Liane Giroux. Any questions regarding this survey should…

January 2019 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. Rob Duncan, District VII, Municipality Account Executive, ABM, Affiliate Member; David Dyess, District IV, City Manager, City of Stuart, Full Member; Jefferson Geimer, District V,…

Local Government’s Role in Opportunity Zones

The Florida Housing Coalition is hosting a live webinar on local government’s role in Opportunity Zones (OZ) on February 20, 2019, from 2:00 to 3:00 pm. Sponsored by PNC, this webinar serves as a deep dive into key topics for local government staff, particularly those involved with planning and housing and economic development, as they…