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Category: I Have To Ask You

I Have to Ask: Assistant City Manager to City Manager

ELGL co-founder Kent Wyatt poses a question and a guest columnist answers it. This week, Ann Marie Townshend, City Manager, Lewes, DE, makes the case for becoming city manager. Often we think that local government professionals strive for the ultimate position of city manager. Throughout the nation, however, many professionals would rather be assistant city … Continued

I Have to Ask: Employee Turnover

In this series, guest columnists respond to one of three questions from ELGL co-founder Kent Wyatt. This week, Noor Shaikh, City of Dallas, Texas, Manager III – Capital, Office of Budget, writes how local government can do a better job of retaining employees. If you have been paying attention over the past few years you … Continued

I Have to Ask: Three Book Recommendations

In this series, guest columnists respond to one of three questions from ELGL co-founder Kent Wyatt. This week, Jamie Eustace, Baytown, Texas, Librarian, provides three must-reads for this year. I read in fits and starts.  Since my job, and more importantly, my professional reputation depend upon me being well read, my habit of inconsistency can … Continued

I Have to Ask: Talking with the Community

In this series, guest columnists respond to one of three topics selected by ELGL co-founder Kent Wyatt. This week, Stephanie Taylor, Public Information Coordinator, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, writes about transparent communications. Read more from Stephanie: Channeling My Inner Leslie Knope. Being the first person to ever step into my role was probably one of the most … Continued

I Have to Ask: Event Production

In this series, guest columnists respond to one of three topics selected by ELGL co-founder Kent Wyatt. This week, Christine Wallace, Neighborhood Outreach Manager, City of San Luis Obispo, California, writes about event planning in local government. Before joining the police department, I spent a decade with San Luis Obispo Parks and Recreation. I started … Continued

I Have to Ask: Effect of Good Bosses

In this series, guest columnists respond to one of three topics selected by ELGL co-founder Kent Wyatt. This week, Pete Haga, City of Grand Forks, North Dakota, reflects on his 21 years in Grand Forks. The three biggest factors that have kept me at the City of Grand Forks are my boss, the ability to … Continued

I Have to Ask: Legalizing Marijuana

In this series, guest columnists respond to one of three topics selected by ELGL co-founder Kent Wyatt. This week, Shannon Haynes, Assistant Town Manager, Town of Breckenridge Colorado, writes about the legalization of marijuana.  I served in law enforcement for over twenty two years.  During that time, I worked undercover narcotics and arrested a fair amount … Continued

I Have to Ask: Hospitality

In this series, guest columnists respond to one of three questions from ELGL co-founder Kent Wyatt. This week, Katie Olson, City of South Jordan, Utah, writes about finding hospitality in local government. On the eve of #cityhallselfie day, I am, in fact, writing this at city hall—South Jordan City Hall to be specific. I didn’t … Continued

I Have to Ask: Leave a Place Better Than You Found It

In this series, guest columnists respond to one of three topics selected by ELGL co-founder Kent Wyatt. This week, Ruanda McFerren, Cookingham-Noll Management Fellow, City of Kansas City, Missouri, writes about aligning work with your passions. Why work in local government? Why work where you work? Why do what you do? Why do what you … Continued

I Have to Ask: Power of Storytelling

In this series, guest columnists respond to one of three topics selected by ELGL co-founder Kent Wyatt. This week, Alejandro Moreno, Assistant Budget Officer at Denton County, Texas, writes about the power of storytelling. I began my college years studying film, thinking I wanted to pursue a career in the film industry. Story telling is … Continued

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