Category: I Have To Ask You

I Have to Ask: When Is the Right Time

In this series, guest columnists respond to one of three topics selected by ELGL co-founder Kent Wyatt. This week Rafael Baptista, City of Raleigh, NC, writes about a recent job transition. Back in October of 2017, I left my position as the Strategic Initiatives Analyst for the Durham County Manager’s Office to become the Strategic … Continued

I Have to Ask: Working for Four Cities

In this series, guest columnists respond to one of three topics selected by ELGL co-founder Kent Wyatt. This week Nic Westendorf, City of Tualatin, shares takeaways from working for four cities in the Portland Metro area. This past year was a whirlwind. As a ELGL Local Government Fellow, I spent the last 12 months working … Continued

I Have to Ask: Standing Out in a Crowd

In this series, guest columnists respond to one of three topics selected by ELGL co-founder Kent Wyatt. This week Sarah Medary, City of Eugene, Oregon, Director of Public Works, writes about standing out in the recruitment process. I have often wondered how contestants on Survivor show up on a deserted island in business clothes. If … Continued

I Have to Ask: Potholes, Parking, and Public Safety

In this series, guest columnists respond to one of three topics selected by ELGL co-founder Kent Wyatt. This week Kathy Nyland writes how Seattle Councilor Sally Bagshaw influenced her career path. Hear more from Kathy on this GovLove episode – Podcast: Broadening Neighborhood Engagement. People often ask me about my path into government. I am the … Continued

I Have to Ask: The City Newsletter

In this series, guest columnists respond to one of three topics selected by ELGL co-founder Kent Wyatt. This week Jordan Imlah, City of Milwaukie, Oregon Public Affairs Specialist, takes on the hotly debated topic of digital newsletter versus paper newsletter. One of the most enigmatic, yet seemingly straightforward, city communication tools is the newsletter. Most … Continued

I Have to Ask You: Civic Hackathons

In this series, guest columnists respond to one of three topics selected by ELGL co-founder Kent Wyatt. This week Sam Edelstein, City of Syracuse, NY, Chief Data Officer, writes about civic hackathons and what they mean to communities.  Civic hackathons are often touted as ways to develop new software systems or products for cities. All … Continued

I Have to Ask: BioTech Meets Local Government

In this series, guest columnists respond to one of three topics selected by ELGL co-founder Kent Wyatt. This week Sarah Henricks, City of Los Altos, California, writes about the transition from biologist to local government analyst.  Kent was dying to know how I transitioned from a research biologist at a Biotech Company in Research Triangle … Continued

I Have to Ask You: First 60 Days in Jackson, MS

In this series, guest columnists respond to one of three topics selected by ELGL co-founder Kent Wyatt. Jordan Hillman, City of Jackson, MS, Deputy Director of Planning, outlines her strategy when transitioning to a new job. After four years as Community Development Director with the small but growing community of Brandon, Mississippi, I have transitioned … Continued

I Have to Ask You: Urban Planning

In this series, guest columnists respond to one of three topics selected by ELGL co-founder Kent Wyatt. Shannon Malik Jarmusz, Senior Planner, Village of Itasca, IL, writes about Professor Prinz and his role in her career decisions.  My path to a career in local government was unintentional.  I was working on an English degree as an undergrad … Continued

I Have to Ask You: Career Influences

In this series, guest columnists respond to one of three topics selected by ELGL co-founder Kent Wyatt. This week Tim Gomez, Town of Paradise Valley, AZ, Executive Assistant to Town Manager and Town Council/Deputy Town Clerk, writes about his career influence. “We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and … Continued

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