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…

Meet Brian Moree, City Manager, Atlantis

How long have you been a FCCMA member and why did you join? I joined FCCMA in 2013. It followed my first appointment as acting manager. I wanted to be part of, and contribute to, an organization that supported manager’s professional development and promoted the council/commission-manager form of government. Are you an ICMA member, why…

December 2019 Legislative Update

By Mark Ryan, City Manager, City of Indian Harbour Beach Happy holidays to you, your family, and your team of dedicated professionals in your respective communities! The Florida Legislature has completed seven weeks of Interim Committee Meetings, that began in September, in advance of the 2020 Florida Legislative Session.  As of December 16th more than…

December 2019 President’s Message

As another year comes quickly to an end, I reflect on the many successes of our association. Our members have been active and engaged within their committees as well as within their cities and counties. Our association remains financially solid and has seen strong overall member retention. I am honored to serve as President and…

Building Tallahassee’s First Strategic Plan

By Reese Goad, City Manager, City of Tallahassee A strategic plan charts the course for an organization striving to address priorities by setting goals and objectives to be reached by a specified date. For Florida’s Capital City, an effective strategic plan needed to embody the vision of local elected officials, assist the City Manager in…

December 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. Frank Babinec, District V, City Manager, City of Coral Springs, Full Member; Robert Curnow, District V, City Manager, City of Coral Springs, Full Member;…

Networking Event at Indian River State College

On Thursday, November 14th, a networking event was held at Indian River State College. Over 100 students attended to get to meet many area-wide public professionals. Fifteen FCCMA members attended to assist and participate in roundtable discussions on topics including: A Day in the Life of a City/County Manager, The Future of Local Governance in…

November 2019 Legislative Update

By Mark Ryan, City Manager, City of Indian Harbour Beach As Chairperson of the FCCMA Legislative Committee I am submitting the fourth 2020 Florida Legislative Session update. The 2020 Legislative Season is now in full swing with the commencement of Interim Committee Meetings this week. As of today, November 7, 2019  1137 bills have been…

November 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.Maxine Cazeau, District IV, Bachelor in Accounting, Indian River State College, Student Member; Bryan Cobb, District III, City Manager, City of Oviedo, Full Member; Shane…

2020 Transforming Local Government Conference

SAVE THE DATE! May 5-8, 2020 Phoenix, AZ Innovation Action TLG is the premier live experience connecting and supporting leading local government innovators. Four days of fiery positive energy designed specifically for you and your team. Transforming innovation into action. Registration opening soon at www.transformgov.org/TLG

November 2019 President’s Message

It was great to see so many of our FCCMA members at the ICMA Conference and at the Florida dinner held in Nashville. I hope that everyone found the conference to be educational and interesting. It won’t be long before FCCMA is playing host to ICMA in Tampa, which will provide us with the opportunity…

New resource to explore the intersection between juvenile crime, child welfare and the lack of afterschool

The Florida Afterschool Network (FAN) recently published the results from a statewide survey of afterschool and summer learning providers. What makes this report unique is the utilization of software to map responses by county. Paired with data from multiple sources, FAN reveals correlations between interaction frequency with the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, the Florida…

Leadership ICMA

by James Slaton, Deputy City Manager, City of Lake Wales Leadership ICMA is a competitive, intensive two-year ICMA University program designed to cultivate key competencies needed for successful leadership at all levels of local government management. The program’s capstone projects require participants to demonstrate their competence in the concepts presented throughout the Leadership ICMA program. Working in…

Looking for SME’s for the 2020 Legislative Session

By Mark Ryan, City Manager, City of Indian Harbour Beach We are looking for SME’s (Subject Matter Experts) to assist our organization’s Legislative Committee as we navigate through the 2020 Legislative Session. Believe it or not the upcoming session has commenced with the Interim Legislative Committee Meetings in both chambers and will run from September…

In Memoriam of Donald Cooper

Former Port St. Lucie City Manager Don Cooper passed away on Monday, October 14th at 69. He served on FCCMA’s Board of Directors as a District Director from 1998-2000. He is survived by his wife, Linda; daughters Kimberly and Ginny; and several grandchildren. A Celebration of Life was held on Thursday, October 17th at the…

October 2019 Legislative Update

By Mark Ryan, City Manager, City of Indian Harbour Beach Here is a synopsis of some of the bills that have been filed that you may wish to monitor. This is by no means an all-inclusive list. Note: any bill filed in the legislature has the ability to be tracked by you and receive updates…

October 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. John Boehm, District IV, Assistant to the City Manager, City of Palm Beach Gardens, Affiliate Member; Terisha Cuebas, District IV, Assistant to the Town…

September 2019 President’s Message

FCCMA has developed great professional development opportunities that are being offered this fall. I hope you will consider attending some of these trainings. The annual Fall Symposium will be held November 7th at the Lake Vista Recreation Center in St. Petersburg. The topic is “What Keeps Managers Up at Night?” This subject was developed from…

Emergency Management Leadership Development

The International Center for Emergency Management Education at Florida Atlantic University is offering a two-day program November 19 and 20 for public safety professionals and medical response teams to become even stronger and more resilient when facing emergencies and potential disasters. The training will include: 1.6 CEUs, BLS and CPR Refresher Courses Fully-facilitated Drill (Explosion…

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; Roberto Hernandez, District V, Deputy City Manager, City of Fort Lauderdale, Full Member;…

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)…