Public Management

The official monthly magazine of the International City and County Management Association (ICMA). Publishes news and information on topics and issues of concern to local government managers as well as feature articles on local government from the perspect

Articles from Vol. 85, No. 6, July

Charlotte Driver-Training Course: Steering City toward Fewer Accidents
Like many Sunbelt cities, Charlotte, North Carolina, has seen transformative growth in the past 20 years, progressive growth that has elevated it to an internationally recognized banking, commercial, and transportation hub with roughly 650,000 residents....
Following Her Father's Lead, She Oversees $423 Million Budget and Staff of 2,600. (Profile)
Placer County, California, Executive Officer Jan Christofferson believes strongly that local government should be open and approachable. It shouldn't be a cold, distant bureaucracy that makes decisions far from the public view. This belief has been...
Really Fixing Your Development Review Process: Going beyond Cosmetic Improvements
"I've been getting complaints about our development review process," the city manager states, looking around the table at the appropriate department heads. "It takes too long, uses too many resources, and needs an overhaul. I want to cut our processing...
Recycling and the Morning Cup of Coffee. (Commentary)
While environmental education is an ongoing process, recycling programs are flourishing as never before in private residences. Responsible citizens are taking the time to separate recyclable materials in their homes and taking advantage of community...
Skokie's Big Three
In April 2003, the village of Skokie, Illinois (situated on Chicago's North Shore and with an ethnically diverse population of 63,500), became the first local government in the nation to have its "big three"-fire, police, and public works departments-fully...
The Age Wave Is Coming. (Cover Story)
On April 1, 1946, an earthquake occurred in the depths of the ocean surrounding the Aleutian Islands of Alaska. The quake's enormous shock wave immediately began traveling outward from the source. As it sped through the cold Pacific waters, many fishermen...
The St. Paul Insurance Companies: Working to Protect Local Government. (Corporate Profile)
The St. Paul provides property and liability insurance policies for local governments throughout the United States. In addition to the more traditional insurance coverages, The St. Paul provides an innovative portfolio of customized coverage to meet...
Tucson Fire Department's MMRS Exercise: A Bioterrorism Response Plan
On September 11, 2001, life changed not only for the nation but also specifically for the United States' fire services. Amid the chaos of the aftermath of the attack, fire departments across the country started to take stock of their own capabilities,...
Will His Wife Sign the Councilmember's Petition? (Ethics Inquiries)
Scenario: There is fierce competition for the city council in the upcoming election, with six of the seven seats open to candidates. One newly appointed councilmember approached the city manager to ask if the manager would be willing to sign his nomination...
Working across Boundaries: Making Collaboration Work in Government and Nonprofit Organizations. (Books)
by Russell M. Linden. Published by Jossey-Bass, A Wiley Imprint, 989 Market Street, San Francisco, California 94103-1741; www.josseybass.com. 2002. $28. 300 pages. Cloth. ISBN 0-78796-430-1. What do James Madison, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Peter Drucker,...