Magazine article Public Management

How Do You Relax from Your Management Responsibilities?

Magazine article Public Management

How Do You Relax from Your Management Responsibilities?

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CAROL HOUCK, ICMA-CM

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City Manager

Delaware City, Delaware

chouck@ci.delaware-city.de.us

Before my recent position change, I was city manager of Newark, Delaware, which is a college town, so I took time off during the summer months of July and August. This was tempered by calendar-year budget work.

In recent years, as our family has matured, we're no longer locked in to the school-year vacation schedule. This has afforded the opportunity to align vacation time with conferences I've attended.

Days added to the front or end of the 2015 ICMA conference in Seattle or the 2016 APPA conference in Phoenix have been wonderful. This year we'll travel to New Orleans following the ICMA conference in San Antonio, adding value to the already great opportunity of networking and professional development.

As for making time to relax, I've put into action more appropriate goals as I transitioned from Newark to the manager's position in quaint, waterfront Delaware City, Delaware, this past May.

Brown-bagging it and walking or biking to favorite spots in the community over lunch or between the day's work and evening meetings are my new norm!

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JON RUIZ, ICMA-CM

City Manager

Eugene, Oregon

jon.r.ruiz@ci.eugene.or.us

I find myself relaxing best with my wife or a few friends on our back deck enjoying good food, a glass of wine, and interesting conversation. Eugene is known for its slow, local, and organic food culture, and we find joy in cooking for ourselves and guests. …

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