Magazine article Public Management

What Do You like Most about Your Management Job?

Magazine article Public Management

What Do You like Most about Your Management Job?

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PAM BRANGACCIO

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City Manager

New Smyrna Beach, Florida

pbrangaccio@citydfnsb.com

One of the most favorite parts of my job is the opportunity to mentor young professionals and provide them with a broader picture of various local government issues.

As a young budget analyst, I worked for one of the then few female county managers in Florida. It was an incredible experience having a female role model providing me with a global view, and I have strived to provide a learning experience for young professionals.

As an example, we started an emerging leaders academy in Broward County with a group of middle managers--a succession planning venue--that included a unique and specific learning journey for each participant.

In New Smyrna Beach, the employee academy is a consistent source of renewal of our spirits and creative souls, as credentialed managers, to know that you are making a difference with these individuals for the future of their communities and for ICMA.

JONATHAN SWEET, ICMA-CM

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County Administrator

Grayson County, Virginia

jsweet@graysoncountyva.com

As county administrator of a beautiful southwestern Virginia county, when asked "what is my favorite part of the job?" it is somewhat difficult to pick just one aspect.

Given the size and dynamics of Grayson County, it lends itself to greater autonomy in my role as the chief administrative officer. I am fortunate to be able to take a more involved and hands-on role in my favorite functions of public service, including the county's economic development, tourism, and community development efforts.

Actively engaging in these types of activities often yields positive and tangible outcomes that make the job much more interesting and rewarding.

JUNE CATALANO

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City Manager

Pleasant Hills, California

jcatalano@ci. …

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