Around the World in Local Government – August 2014

Posted on August 20, 2014

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We’re going “Around the World” again with a new cast of characters. This month, we have selected Brian Halverson, Brian Southey, Marc Nelson, and Stephen O’Brien. Today we introduce you to the participants, and in the following days, we’ll roll out their responses to questions about local government in their various regions.

 Brian Halverson


Assistant to the Director (Chief) at San Antonio (TX) Police Department

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Brian began his local government career in Troutdale, Oregon. From there, he has worked in the City of San Antonio in various roles (senior management analyst, district manager, and assistant to the director). In San Antonio, he has gained over five years of progressively responsible experience in local government, responsible for personnel and project management, preparation for City Council and Council Committee meetings, program evaluation and development, financial/budget planning, and research.

Brian received an undergraduate and master’s degree from Brigham Young University.

Brian Southey


Management Analyst at the Village of Elk Grove Village, IL

Connect: LinkedIn and Twitter

A graduate of the Illinois Springfield MPA program, Brian recently began work at Elk Grove Village. Previously, he has worked for Bloomington, IL providing Provides support to the Director of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Arts Department through project conception, development, and implementation concerning various City matters.

Brian is a member of the Midwest ELGL Advisory Board.

Marc Nelson


Special Projects Coordinator at the City of Roanoke, VA

Connect: LinkedIn and Twitter

Marc Nelson has ten years of public service at the local and state levels. He currently is the Special Projects Coordinator for Roanoke, VA. Previously, he worked as a Development Services Liaison in the City of Savannah, GA and with the State of North Carolina’s Office of Budget and Management.

Marc is a graduate of the UNC MPA program.

Stephen O’Brien

046fbf0City Clerk at City Of Guelph, ON (Canada)

Connect: LinkedIn

In early 2014, Stephen began work with the City of Guelph as the City Clerk in the Corporate and Human Resource service area. He is responsible for Responsible for coordinating and supporting various statutory responsibilities under the Municipal Act, Vital Statistics Act, Marriage Act, Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, Personal Health Information Protection Act, Planning Act and the Municipal Elections Act

For five years, he was the Manager, Projects and Support Services in Town of Richmond Hill. One of his responsibilities was legislative and policy analysis including compliance activities associated with provincial accessibility and municipal election laws/statutes.

Stephen graduated from the University of Guelph MA, Public Policy and Administration and Western University Diploma, Public Administration

Supplemental Reading

OMB appeal filed over Guelph Innovation District plan

Are you Guelph’s next top election worker?

City Hires Special Projects Coordinator

New Sensation: Marc Nelson, City of Roanoke

New Sensation with Brian Southey

San Antonio Police Department – Marriott School


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