Quick Take: Pam Weir, City of Sierra Vista

Posted on September 11, 2014

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As we prepare for the ELGL & ICMA joint event at the ICMA Conference, attendees describe the current state of local government, their mentors, ways to strengthen local government, and of course, their dream six-pack. Raise Your Hand If You’re Going “Back to the Future” with ELGL and ICMA.

Pam Weir


City of Sierra Vista, AZ – Management Analyst

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1. Name your career mentors.

George Pettit – Associate Director, School of Public Affairs, Arizona State University

Mary Jacobs – Assistant City Manager, Sierra Vista, AZ

Darin Atteberry – City Manager, Fort Collins, CO

Dan Weinheimer – Policy and Project Manager, Fort Collins, CO

Assistant City Manager Mary Jacobs talks to the Community about the Monument Fire from City of Sierra Vista AZ on Vimeo.

2. Describe the current state of local government.

Local government is uniquely positioned to address growing challenges to communities. With less support from federal and state governments, municipalities are left to step up and provide for residents. Revenue diversification, economic development, and regional and cross-sector partnerships have never been more important.

3. During her presidency, Bonnie Svrcek encouraged ICMA members to do “Just One Thing” for the organization. What can we do to strengthen local government?

Talk to each other.  An issue is rarely unique to just one local government. By sharing successes and struggles with networks of local governments, professionals can learn how to strengthen their own governments and help others to do the same.

4. In keeping with the beer tasting theme, tell us what we’d find in your ideal six pack.

Having just moved away from Fort Collins, CO, I am hooked on their local microbrews:

  • Old Bisbee Brewing Company- Copper City Ale
  • Equinox Brewing- Eclipse Brown
  • Odell Brewing- Levity
  • New Belgium Brewing- Yuzu
  • New Belgium Brewing- 1554
  • Funkwerks Brewing- Dark Prophet.

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