Magazine article Public Management

What Accomplishment Do You Feel Best about and Why?

Magazine article Public Management

What Accomplishment Do You Feel Best about and Why?

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BRAD RATLIFF City Administrator Peculiar, Missouri bratliff@cityofpeculiar.com

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When I came to work for Peculiar, great turmoil existed. It was a city growing exponentially in population despite some of its own failings. I am most pleased with the professional culture that now is acknowledged and talked about in our organization.

All approaches of the local government are professional in approach, policy, and transparency to the public. As a result, we built a new highway interchange quicker than anyone thought we could.

Budget awards are being won when there were none before. We have received more than $12 million in grants in a short amount of time, which is huge for a community of Peculiar's size.

We are launching technology advances that also are unseen in a community of 4,800 population.

Peculiar is truly a great turnaround story, and it all started with bringing a professional and open culture to the organization.

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DENISE FITZGERALD, ICMA-CM Township Manager Scott, Pennsylvania dfitzgerald@scotttownship.com

I would say my greatest accomplishment was my participation in the ICMA Professional Fellows Exchange Program in 2016. This program allowed individuals from Southeast Asia to visit Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, and in turn, I was able to visit Vietnam.

Their goal while visiting the county was to look at environmental sustainability projects and how they are managed. We showed them a curbside recycling program and also an e-waste program. …

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