1984 with Polly Hulsey, College of Southern Idaho

Posted on January 27, 2015

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More than 215 professionals have registered for the upcoming Webinar: Women in Local Government. Based on the registration numbers, it’s clear that the issue is not only a female issue, but an issue of how local government can and should better represent the community’s demographic. We asked those who registered for the webinar to respond to four questions.

Polly Hulsey


C3T Grant Project Manager, College of Southern Idaho


Where were you in 1984? 

High School

Describe your view of whether local government has been effective in attracting a diverse workforce (women, minorities, etc.).

In Idaho, I would say no.  City Management is still a fairly new concept in Idaho.  In both of my City Administrator roles, I was the first female in the positions.

Wave a magic wand and give us three suggestions for improving diversity in the local government workforce. 


  • A mentoring program.  To have someone you could go to that has experience and you are able to run things by, probably would have provided me with a resource, rather than it getting to a crisis point.
  • Education within the schools about what public management is about.
  • Educate the community on the importance of public management and what it has to offer, both the individual and the community.

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