Magazine article Public Management

What Would You like Your Legacy to Be?

Magazine article Public Management

What Would You like Your Legacy to Be?

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JEFF WELDON, ICMA-CM

City Manager

Brookings, South Dakota

jweldon@cityofbrookings.org

Since a core value of effective local government management is about making a difference, I believe a valued legacy would be that I left my community better than when I found it; and that the accomplishments made in partnership with so many other stakeholders over time, truly made a difference in the quality of life for residents and visitors.

Whether it is building physical infrastnicture or civic infrastructure, the ability to incrementally move the needle just a little every day to build capacity that helps advance a community toward its goals is perhaps the greatest testament of professional achievement local government managers can earn.

Legacies should stand the test of time and be sustained by their lasting and self-perpetuating impact made through the leadership, professionalism, knowledge, and perseverance we as managers were able to bring to our communities during our service.

DONNA VANDERCLOCK, ICMA-CM

Town Manager

Weston, Massachusetts

vanderclock.d@westonmass.org

I hope to leave behind a town government that is:

* financially sustainable, has set aside sufficient reserves, is on track for funding its long-term liabilities, and has a culture of justifying the funding level that is truly needed to provide services cost-effectively and will turn back money that doesn't need to be spent.

* responsive to resident requests and concerns, provides excellent customer service, and when saying "no," explains the reasons why. …

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