November 2020 President’s Message

I hope you all had a happy Thanksgiving, fellow FCCMA members! As we exit election season and transition to a very different version of the holidays than what many of us are used to, I am excited.  The election seemed to be the icing on the cake of an extremely difficult year for all of us,…

Truth vs. Noise:  Can there be a Winner?

By Mike McNees, City Manager, City of Marco Island 50 Bald Eagle Drive Marco Island, FL 34145 mmcnees@cityofmarcoisland.com I recently had conversations with two residents who had become quite agitated for different reasons, but both based on intentionally propagated misinformation.  The other commonality was how those conversations ended; The first said “it’s just so hard to know…

November 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. Christopher Edwards, District II, Director of CRA and Economic Development, City of New Smyrna Beach, Affiliate Member; Gabriella Gonzalez, District VII, Master of Public…

October 2020 President’s Message

Well, we have done it. We have hit the 42.67% mark of the program year. You may be asking why 42% is so significant, but honestly, in a year of unique challenges and opportunities, I just thought that this was a chance to celebrate the often-overlooked 42.67% milestone. To recap what I am calling “the…

The Director’s Lottery

By Casey Lucius, Assistant to the City Manager, City of Marco Island 50 Bald Eagle Drive, Marco Island, FL 34145, clucius@cityofmarcoisland.com What does it mean to be a team? How can a finance director, a public works director, a police chief, a city clerk, and five or six other experienced, smart, and talented professionals work together to…

October 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. Tom Almonte, District VII, Assistant County Administrator, Pinellas County, Full Member; Rodd Hale, District VII, Assistant City Manager, City of New Port Richey, Full…

September 2020 President’s Message

September has been an exciting month for FCCMA. I would like to thank all of you who participated in our Professional Development and Winter Institute Survey. Your feedback is incredibly helpful as we make decisions regarding our events and trainings. FCCMA always offers ethics training at the annual conference. Though we could not hold the…

Congratulations to 2020 ICMA Awards Recipients

Congratulations to Dr. Philip C. Harris, District Recovery Manager, Broward County Public Schools. He has been award honorary membership in ICMA. This membership is awarded to an individual outside of the profession of local government management because of his or her distinguished public service and contributions to the improvement and strengthening of local government. Dr.…

Managing Infrastructure (Assets) through SMART Investment and Budgeting in Lean Economic Times

by Addie Javed, PE, Managing Director, Kercher Group; Katia Delgado, PE, Asset Management Manager, Polk County; and Jason McHugh, CPM, AICP, City Manager, City of Wildwood Investment in infrastructure and public assets is critical as part of the systematic recovery of our great country from the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the Economic Policy Institute (EPI),…

IN MEMORIAM: Mark E. Durbin 1954 – 2020

Visitation and Service Information Visitation: Friday, October 2, 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Osceola Memory Gardens, 1717 Old Boggy Creek Road, Kissimmee. Celebration of life: Saturday, October 3, 10:00 a.m. at Kissimmee Christian Church, 415 N Main Street, Kissimmee. “Mark’s life is an excellent example of a life well lived.” Said Ken Parker, friend…

Fall Leadership Lecture Series at Florida International University

JOIN FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY FOR THE FALL 2020 LEADERSHIP LECTURE SERIES This hour-long Zoom lecture series features public sector leaders discussing contemporary challenges and sharing insight into their leadership and professional development experience. There is also interactive Q&A with students and attendees. For more information, please visit go.fiu.edu/publicaffairslead. If you have any questions, please contact…

September 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. Kristina Ciuperger, District IV, Special Assistant to the City Manager, City of Port St. Lucie, Full Member; Dru Driscoll, District II, Deputy City Manager,…

August 2020 President’s Message

This year has thrown us many curveballs, but it has been amazing to watch how resilient our staff, partners and membership have been.  Now more than ever the value of FCCMA and the sense of community it brings is powerful, but we need to keep it going.  Its easy for the President to have a…

Alliance for Innovation – August 2020

AFI’s TLG 2020 Experience – Thank you and Congratulations! At AFI, we are so appreciative of our innovation and transformation community!  With the pandemic situation, we found ourselves needing to quickly pivot our signature annual event, the Transforming Local Government Conference, to a virtual event. We are so thrilled that our community joined with us…

Silver-Linings

By Claire Jubb, Assistant County Administrator, Charlotte County I took a vacation recently – a very safe, COVID friendly vacation in beautiful north Florida. I intentionally unplugged, knowing that I needed the time to reflect on the past few months. Taking the time away gave me the opportunity to recognize what this organization, and I…

August 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. Brendan Betancourt, District VI, Bachelor Degree in Public Policy and Administration, St. Petersburg College, Student Member; Jared Cobb, District I, City Manager, City of…

July 2020 President’s Message

In June, the ICMA Executive Board approved a statement and provided six initial action steps to address systemic racism. That topic, along with other systematic challenges related to diversity and inclusion, will be discussed at the upcoming FCCMA board meeting. The goal of these discussions is for the board to provide a set of action…

Digital Inclusion and ADA Compliance

What is digital accessibility and ADA compliance?  How do you identify the digital barriers your organization may have? What must governments do to comply under Section 508 and WCAG?  How do you provide equal access to all the digital information your constituents need through your website or social media outlets? In an effort to provide guidance on these important questions,…

Navigating the Changing Workplace

Leading in the pandemic is challenging government employees to manage their work in a “new normal”, leverage discoveries and processes that arose from rapidly shifting priorities, and chart a new path forward. Focusing on a return to what was is not a viable option because doing so would keep organizations stuck in the past, overlooking…

EMPLOYEE MORALE DURING COVID-19

By Bob Francis, ICMA-CM, City Manager, City of Belle Isle, Florida I manage the City of Belle Isle, Florida. It’s a small city with a small staff.  Belle Isle is mostly surrounded by Orlando, so we see big city issues spilling over in our community.   This pandemic has certainly taken its toll on our lives.  For my…

2020 FLC CityStats Survey: Your Data Matters!

The annual FLC CityStats survey launched on Monday, June 29. The 2020 survey is being conducted online via survey links that were emailed to each city’s designated key contact. Your survey link is unique to your city. If the link was not received, please contact FLC Research Analyst Liane Giroux. CityStats is a vital source…

FCCMA Student Council Spotlight

By Gina Peebles, Assistant County Manager, Alachua County and Brandon Henry, Community Planner/GIS Analyst, Safety Harbor As Andy Stanley once said, “try to do for the next generation of leaders what the previous generation of leaders has not done for you.”  FCCMA is doing just that through our Student Council, which exposes the next generation…

Help Modernize the Model City Charter

Recent events have challenged local governments, with debates over public health, racial equity and policing raise important issues, including questions about the distribution of power and decision-making responsibility. The National Civic League is looking for volunteers to assist in efforts to review, revise and update the Model City Charter to ensure that the document best…

July 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. Austen Colon, District IV, Master of Public Administration, Florida Gulf Coast University, Student Member; Kevin Crowder, District V, President, BusinessFlare Academy, Affiliate Member; Florida…

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…

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…