Civic Technology, Mumford & Sons, Trask

Posted on June 13, 2014

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ELGL is pleased to share a weekly column to connect our members to each other – a series called “What Are We Doing?”  These posts are your go-to resource for the best things that ELGL members are doing in their local government lives. See someone with a similar interest or work project as you? Send ’em an email, make a connection!


Today we meet up with three ELGL members: Rachael Fuller, Joe Gall, and Ben Kittelson.

Rachael Fuller, Assistant City Manager, City of Gresham

What Are You Reading?

Margot by Jillian Cantor; The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin; Getting to Yes by Roger Fisher & William Ury; Data-smart City Solutions.

FrozenWhat Are You Working On Now?

Gresham’s self-funded health insurance plans.

What Are You Listening To Now?

I have two little girls so my household has been taken over by the Frozen soundtrack. Otherwise, I’ve been listening to Red Molly, Tristan Prettyman and Old Crow Medicine Show.

What Current Topic or Trend Fascinates You?

Civic technology, shared data and system integration – and how all of these trends could change the way we deliver city services.


Joseph Gall, City Manager, City of Sherwood

What Are You Reading?

Wow, way too many books and magazines piling up on my nightstand…the top two books in line are “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team” by Patrick Lencioni and “Open Leadership: How Social Technology Can Transform the Way You Lead” by Charlene Li

What Are You Working On Now?

Wrapping up work with our Charter Review Committee for the November election. It has been a great experience and our City Recorder Sylvia Murphy has been awesome in assisting me and the committee over these past few months. Life is so much easier with a great City Recorder!

What Are You Listening To Now?

Again, too many to choose from, but my favorite new pandora stations include 30 Seconds to Mars, The Civil Wars,Ingrid Michaelson, and Mumford & Sons

What Current Topic or Trend Fascinates You?POrtland

I have been fascinated to watch what is happening in Portland and their form of government. Such a great city in so many ways, but I think their outdated commission form of government is really causing damage that could have long-term consequences. Wish their citizens would either transition to a true strong mayor of government or a council-manager form of government. Their current system is antiquated and does not work (even if you call yourself the city that works”


Ben Kittelson, Newsroom Intern, Oregon Metro

traskWhat Are You Reading?

Trask by Don Berry. A story about a pioneer on the Oregon Coast.

What Are You Working On Now?

I am currently writing a story about what makes up a resident’s monthly garbage bill. Like how much goes to the hauler, how much is a franchise fee, and how much goes to pay the tipping fee.

What Are You Listening To Now?

Lost in the Dream by The War on Drugs

What Current Topic or Trend Fascinates You?

How do we make it easier for people to drive less and take alternative transportation more.

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