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.
University of South Florida MPA
1. Name your career mentors.
I don’t currently have any career mentors, but there are people I do aspire to be like.
Mr. Bobby Green, CM of Auburndale, FL has been a huge supporter of the student chapter at University of South Florida, and the CM at his city for 24 years. He is a great person and is always excited to talk about the field and give any advice to students that are looking to go down the CM path.
2. Describe the current state of local government.
The current state of local government is difficult to ‘describe’ in just a few sentences. My hometown local government is thriving, considering its listed as one of America’s top 10 places to live. There are certain areas that are struggling because the local government is challenged to do what’s best for its citizens with the limited amount of resources it has. So to sum up, local government is doing what it can for the best of its city with what it has.
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?
The one thing local government professionals can do to strengthen local government is be transparent. As long as this happens, the citizens themselves will be able to see the information they need in the open, and hopefully understand why things are done the way they are. This also creates a chain reaction where local governments would become more honest, more approachable to citizens and trustworthy.
4. In keeping with the beer tasting theme, tell us what we’d find in your ideal six pack.
My ideal six-pack would have no two-same beers. I’d have a cider for the nice flavor, bud light because it’s got good memories, and then 4 beers from other countries…because trying new things is always an experience I look forward to.
- Pam Weir, City of Sierra Vista
- Wilson Hooper, City of Charlotte, NC
- Charlotte Colley, Village of New Concord, OH
- Haley Kadish, The Novak Consulting Group
- Simeon Switzer, Kent County Department of Veterans Affairs
- Jennifer Frederick, Village of Twin Lakes, WI
- Sarah Hazel, City of Charlotte, NC
- Lauren Brune, UNC-Chapel Hill MPA Program
- Dave Waffle, City of Beaverton, OR
- Pam Brangaccio, New Smyrna Beach, FL
- Tracy Miller, Sarasota County, FL
- Jason Damweber, Town of Chapel Hill, NC
- John Stefanski, City of Hayward, CA
- Karen Pinkos, City of El Cerrito, CA
- Chris Morrill, City of Roanoke, VA
- Matthew Hawkesworth, City of Rosemead, CA
- Heather Geyer, City of Wheat Ridge, CO
- Greg Larson, Town of Los Gatos, CA
- Jeff Towery, City of Springfield, OR
- Elisabeth Wright, Village of Gilberts, IL
- Mitch Foster, Kingsley, MI, Village Manager
- C. James Ervin, Town of Rocky Mount, VA
- Tamara Lynn Schaps, Evans School of Public Affairs
- Eric Norenberg, Oberlin (OH) City Manager
- Joe Casey, Henrico County, VA, Deputy County Manager
- Jason Escareno, San Mateo County, CA
- Ann Janda, Milton, VT
- Lee Worsley, Durham County
- Dan Weinheimer, Fort Collins, CO