Category: News

I Have to Ask: Make Local Government Sexy Again

In this series, guest columnists respond to one of three topics selected by ELGL co-founder Kent Wyatt. This week, Darrin Wilson, Assistant Professor at Northern Kentucky University, shares his thoughts on building a talented local government workforce. Sign up to be a guest columnist for this series. As a faculty member at Northern Kentucky University, … Continued

Beware: Culture Vultures

Right Now with Stacy Schweikhart  (LinkedIn/Twitter) What I’m reading: My list and checking it twice  What I’m watching: Old SNL skits – my middle-school sons just discovered  them and I’m laughing as hard at them now as I did when they first aired.  What I’m listening to:  All I Want for Christmas is a Real Good Tan … Continued

…Because You Can’t be What You Don’t See

This article is a guest post by Christine Edwards,  Community Relations Coordinator at Mecklenburg Couty.  Christine is a member of the ELGL Diversity Dashboard team as well as President of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) Southern Piedmont Chapter and NFBPA National Committee Member for Marketing & Branding.  Christine will lead the “Chat … 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


Right Now with Nick Smith (Linkedin/Twitter) What I’m watching:  YouTube videos about completing the side missions in Red Dead Redemption 2 (I’m thisclose to being 100% done, y’all). What I’m listening to:  The Hold Steady – Stay Positive Good morning, everyone! I was just reading Kendra Davis’ recent Morning Buzz trying to figure out which 500-700 … Continued

I Have to Ask: It’s Lonely at the Top

In this series, guest columnists respond to one of three topics selected by ELGL co-founder Kent Wyatt. This week, Randy Recklaus, Village Manager, Village of  Arlington Heights, IL and ELGL Traeger Award winner, compares and contrasts the roles of assistant city manager and village  manager.  Sign up to be a guest columnist for this series.  … Continued

Coming Soon to the GovLove Podcast

Thanks to our award-winning listeners. We especially appreciate 128 five-star reviews on iTunes. Keep ’em coming! As we wrap up 2018 and head into a new year, we’ll use this post to get you informed about upcoming guests. A Vision for Jersey City with Brian Platt, Chief Operating Officer, Jersey City, NJ Traeger award-winner Brian … Continued

Cards for Kindfulness in ‘Tosa

This guest blog is by City of Wauwatosa, WI Director of Administrative Services Melissa Weiss. Anyone want to raise your hand and admit your workplace culture needs some help? Sometimes we feel like we should not talk about that elephant in the room, but I think we should talk about it because admitting it is … Continued

2018 Chris Traeger Award – #31 to #40

The Chris Traeger List recognizes the top 100 influencers in local government. Chris Traeger was the city manager for the fictional City of Pawnee, Indiana on the show Park and Recreation. He was known for extreme energy and commitment to improving local government. The Traeger List is not based on title or longevity. It’s based on an … Continued

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