Magazine article Public Management

What Part of Your Management Position Is Your Absolute Favorite?

Magazine article Public Management

What Part of Your Management Position Is Your Absolute Favorite?

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HARRY BLACK

City Manager

Cincinnati, Ohio

harry.black@cincinnati-oh.gov

It never ceases to amaze me what dedicated employees will and can accomplish when empowered to do so.

My most satisfying moments tend to be those when a team member's success exceeds what he or she believed was possible. In these moments of surprise and pride, I feel I have contributed in some small way in making a positive difference for our city as well as for the team, or team member, involved.

These times reinforce one of my management mantras: "Put the right people in the right places, give them what they need to be successful, remove roadblocks, and get out of the way."

TERESA TIEMAN, ICMA-CM

Town Manager

Fenwick Island, Delaware

townmgr@fenwickisland.org

Effecting lasting positive change in a community is my absolute favorite part of being in municipal management.

About five years ago, I went to work as a city manager in Harrington, Delaware, a small community of approximately 3,500 residents. There, I was able to install new water meters and set up fair-usage billing versus a flat charge.

This change also led to better management of environmental resources and extended capacity of wells, water lines, and a water tower. The types of projects that effect lasting positive change can also be stressful, but they are usually the most rewarding. Knowing that I have left a community better off for the future gives me great satisfaction.

MICHAEL KOVACS

City Manager

Fate, Texas

mkovacs@cityoffate. …

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