July 2020 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, they will be invoiced for dues. Florida Power and Light Co., District III, Contact: Nancy Flickinger, Customer Advisor, Corporate Member.

Rebuild Florida

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) announced $150 million is now available to local governments through the Rebuild Florida Mitigation General Infrastructure Program. The Rebuild Florida Mitigation General Infrastructure Program is designed to provide funding opportunities for local governments and state agencies to develop large-scale mitigation activities that allow Florida communities to be more…

AFI – TLG 2020 Experience Online

Don’t miss out on Alliance for Innovation’s TLG 2020 Virtual Conference (starting July 28!) The Alliance for Innovation’s annual TLG conference is just around the corner (July 28-30)!! Check out the sampling of TLG Experience sessions that will address how Local Government has pivoted in response to COVID-19 www.transformgov.org/tlg2020/covid-19 When registering, don’t forget to enter…

In Memoriam: Ralph “Bud” Bentley

Ralph “Bud” Bentley passed away at home on June 10, 2020 after fighting a courageous battle with cancer. Bud was an ICMA and FCCMA member until his retirement in 2019, and had served in several cities in Florida including West Palm Beach and Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. In light of the pandemic, the family does not want to…

June 2020 President’s Message

Micah’s Incoming Speech at the Annual Business Meeting on May 29, 2020 Good morning all, Thirty years ago, my dad, Jerry Maxwell, stood on stage and was sworn in as the 44th President of FCCMA. Knowing him, he probably gave an inspiring speech which probably touched the hearts of the whole audience. Fair warning: my…

June 2020 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. Brittany Jumper, District III, Support Services Director/Comptroller, City of Satellite Beach, Full Member; and Ashley “Nicki” Paden, District I, Management Analyst, Leon County, Affiliate…

COVID-19 Disaster Recovery, Virtually

By John A. Titkanich, Jr., AICP, ICMA-CM, Innovation and Performance Division Director St. Lucie County The viral pandemic Coronavirus (COVID-19) has challenged federal, state and local government’s conventional disaster management; and more specifically, disaster response and recovery.  A viral pandemic poses challenges to governments at all levels, and local governments are on the frontlines in…

May 2020 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. Ken Brush, District VIII, Senior Procurement Analyst, Polk County, Affiliate Member; Casey Lucius, District VI, Assistant to the City Manager, City of Marco Island,…

April 2020 President’s Message

Fellow FCCMA Members: Thank you for allowing me the honor of serving as President of FCCMA for the 2019-2020 program year. Working alongside dedicated professionals to serve our incredible membership is a privilege I will never forget. I would like to extend a sincere thank you to those who have worked to make FCCMA an…

New City Process Keeps Tallahassee Building

By Reese Goad, City Manager, City of Tallahassee Home is more than where the heart is these days. It is the center of our worlds due to COVID19. Local homes must be structurally and mechanically sound to help keep residents safe. This is partially ensured by inspectors with the City of Tallahassee’s Growth Management department,…

April 2020 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. Megan Powers, District VII, Executive Assistant to the City Manager, City of Madeira Beach, Affiliate Member; and Evelyn Trammel, District V, Ph.D. in Public…

March 2020 President’s Message

Fellow FCCMA Members: I want to extend my gratitude for your continued investment in FCCMA and your cities and counties, now more than ever. As we enter uncharted territory with COVID-19, I want to recognize and applaud the strength and resiliency found in local governments as well as our association. FCCMA appreciates the diligent work…

Recruitment to Hire:  Getting Your Hires to Work

By Douglas G. Baber, SHRM-CP, Interim Human Resources & Risk Management Director, St. Lucie County Board of County Commissioners; and Shanelle Tomlin, SHRM-CP, PHR, Human Resources Generalist, St. Lucie County Board of County Commissioners EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Florida Benchmarking Consortium (FBC) provides Lean Six Sigma (Yellow and Green Belt) training to various St. Lucie County Board of…

Beyond the Town Hall

By Larry Schooler, Director of Consensus Building and Community Engagement, CD&P City leaders are grappling with the unimaginable—the protection of their entire community from a threat the likes of which many of us have never seen.  Amid all this chaos, we continue to need robust, two-way communication with the public we serve, even if they…

In Memoriam: David Collier

FCCMA was notified of David’s passing, which occurred March 11.  David was an ICMA and FCCMA member until his retirement in 2006, and had served as manager of Martin County as well as the City of Stuart.  He also worked with Colin Baenziger’s executive search firm.  He was a Marine Corps Air Reservist and had…

2020 Florida Police Chiefs Association Awards

Send In Your Award Nominations!  The Florida Police Chiefs Association has established a number of awards to recognize law enforcement professionals and their agencies who have distinguished themselves in service. The Florida Police Chiefs Association is now accepting nominations for the following awards: Outstanding Chief Executive Officer of the Year Outstanding Command Officer of the…

March 2020 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. Vickie Gainor, District I, City Manager, City of Lynn Haven, Full Member; John J. Holman, District II, City Manager, City of Starke, Full Member;…

February 2020 President’s Message

Registration for the annual conference opened on February 24th. The conference will be here before you know it, so sign up early. President-Elect Micah Maxwell and the entire Conference Planning Committee have worked hard to plan engaging, interesting and meaningful sessions! You can access the conference page on the FCCMA website for up-to-date information on…

February 2020 Legislative Update

By Mark Ryan, City Manager, City of Indian Harbour Beach The 2020 Legislative Session is racing toward the conclusion on Friday, March 13, 2020. As local government practitioners our membership is actively involved in the legislative process.  I want to thank the members who work tirelessly to actively engage legislators on issues important to their…

Transforming Local Government (TLG) 2020

The Alliance for Innovation’s national conference, Transforming Local Government (TLG) 2020,  is just around the corner – May 5-8 in Phoenix…there’s still time to register!!  What’s in store? You’ll hear from futurists, trailblazers and entrepreneurs as they unleash their super-powers.   All the details about the conference are available here.  Missed the early bird pricing?  Not…

Starting or Refreshing Your Internship Program? FCCMA Publishes Internship Toolkit

By Brandon Henry Earlier this year, FCCMA officially published its latest resource “Local Government Internships in Florida – A Brief Toolkit.” In envisioning a resource for local governments to launch, maintain, and/or grow their internship programs, FCCMA’s Professional Development Committee and Membership Committee collaborated to collect best practices and examples of local government internship programs…

Request for Information from Ocala

The City of Ocala Human Resources is looking for any policies or procedures your jurisdiction has for a Flu epidemic or a pandemic response plan. We are especially looking for any plans you may have where it deals with your jurisdiction’s plans for dealing with your employees, the partial closing of operations, telecommuting to work,…

February 2020 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. Michelle Berger, District IV, Town Manager, Town of Sewall’s Point, Full Member; Jared Bickham, District VI, Capital Projects Manager, Charlotte County, Affiliate Member; Jack…

January 2020 Legislative Update

By Mark Ryan, City Manager, City of Indian Harbour Beach Greetings! The 2020 Florida Legislative Session is well underway.  As of January 24, 2020, more than 3,400 bills have been for consideration during this session. Many bills are Local Funding Requests and relief bills for claims subject to the liability limits in Florida Statutes for…

January 2020 President’s Message

As we begin the new year and a new decade, many of us are making resolutions and/or setting goals – we are certainly looking back and looking forward. As I consider my personal priorities, I also reflect on the many benefits offered to us through our professional association FCCMA. I hope you will resolve to…

Meet Terry Atchley, City Manager, Wauchula

How long have you been a FCCMA member and why did you join? Becoming an FCCMA member at the beginning of my career as a city manager was pivotal, to the enhancement of my knowledge as a professional public servant. I joined eight years ago seeking council and collaboration in matters that affected local government,…

January 2020 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. Juana Ayala, District VI, Master in Public Administration, Northcentral University, Student Member; Deborah Bowie, District VII, Executive Chief of Staff, City of Gainesville, Full…