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Security and Safety at Work

What I’m listening to – Catching up on Govlove episodes What I’m watching – Nationals baseball  What I’m doing – Prepping ribs for the BBQ Violent incidents at municipal facilities, like the shooting in Virginia Beach, hit home especially hard for local government professionals. While mass shootings in America appear to be happening with increasing … Continued

Workforce 2030

What I’m listening to – Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All What I’m watching – Coverage of the Douglas County school shooting What I’m doing – Researching master plans I was privileged to travel to Washington, DC last week to attend a meeting of the Center for State and Local Government Excellence … Continued

That Vision Thing

Routt County elected a new Commissioner in 2018, an event that kicked off an opportunity. Aside from the usual process of on-boarding a new elected official this person brought a political realignment of the Board of County Commissioners. The opportunity to re-evaluate and update our three year strategic plan came two years early! The Commissioners … Continued

Decisions Decisions…

By Dan Weinheimer, Routt County, Colorado I doubt my organization is much different from many of yours but we have a problem -we cannot make decisions. This lack of decisiveness is a problem to be sure, unless you have a problem with that and we can talk more about it at our next meeting… or … Continued

Complete Count

I was selected to serve on Colorado’s Complete Count Campaign Committee, Colorado’s 2020 decennial census organizing group. I thought I knew a few things about the census as I came up to my first meeting – I’ve heard some presentations on the importance of a complete count and was aware of the financial impacts the … Continued

And then what?

What I’m reading: About some software my organization is considering… What I’m watching: A software demonstration What I’m listening to: A software demonstration   Nick Smith already waxed eloquently on voting and the impact that our civic duty has on our country and communities. My intent is to talk about the days after… the “and … Continued

Mindset Matters!

What I’m listening to – Pundits discussing the Kavanaugh confirmation fallout What I’m watching – Some much needed rain What I’m doing – A Swedish death cleanse… feels so good to let go of the clutter! As a parent of elementary-aged boys I spend a fair amount of my time thinking about their development. The … Continued

Counties Are Better!

What I’m listening to – My Daily Mix on Spotify What I’m watching – College football What I’m doing – Exploring the largest hot springs pool in the world I recently had a conversation with a veteran City Manager in my state who was most curious about what it was like working for a county. … Continued

When the Job Market Goes Boom(er)

Findings from the ELGL Diversity Dashboard confirm what people have been talking about for (seemingly) ages: local government leadership is getting older. The most recent data upload shows that 65 percent of chief administrative officers (CAOs) and assistant CAOs (ACAOs) are age 50 and better. And 34 percent of CAOs and ACAOs are age 60 … Continued

Hidden Gems… Passive Job Candidates

Job hunting in local government can suck. Someone once counseled me that for every job I secured, I would need to complete upwards of 10 to 15 applications (and that might be conservative!). The processes are too long, there is too much mystery in the selection process or those panel interviews are set up to … Continued

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