ICMA FREE 2022 Coaching Webinar - Managing Council/Staff Relationships in an Election Year

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Have you ever heard the saying, “No city manager was ever fired for lack of competence”? Politics and government go hand in hand, you cannot have a democratic election without political discussions on the current issues of the time. We all see these issues differently based on our viewpoints. Managers typically make decisions based on data and facts while politicians might make decisions based on connections to constituent groups or ideological views. The differences in how administrators and policymakers interact are even more heightened during an election year. Join us to hear the perspectives of a city/county manager and a council member and learn how ICMA’s Code of Ethics keeps our members on the ethical high ground during a time when our political values are identified with our moral values. 
  • Why won’t council listen to you?
  • What ethical challenges come in an election year?
  • How can a manager successfully survive an election year and what are some key pitfalls to avoid?
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Darrin Tangeman

Town Manager

Truro, MA

Darrin Tangeman has served as the Town Manager for Truro since January 2021. He previously served as City Manager for the City of Woodland Park, Colorado and Chief Administrative Officer for the Community of Pueblo West, Colorado and is an ICMA Credentialed Manager.  

Prior to City Management, Darrin spent 21 years in the military before retiring as a U.S. Army Special Forces Officer (Green Beret) in 2015. Darrin’s overseas service included multiple combat and operational deployments to Afghanistan, Europe, Iraq, and Central Africa. 

Darrin currently serves as the Chairman of ICMA’s Veterans Advisory Committee, member of MMA’s Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee, founder of ICMA’s Veterans Local Government Management Fellowship, and is a member of ICMA’s International Committee. 

He possesses a bachelor’s in psychology and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Kansas, Master of Public Administration from the University of Colorado, and a Master of Science from the Naval Postgraduate School. He is a graduate of the American Public Works Association’s Public Works Institute, U.S. National Fire Academy’s New Fire Chief Course, and the Harvard Kennedy School’s Senior Executives in State and Local Government program. 


Martin Bernal

City Manager, Retired

Martín Bernal retired in July, 2021 after 24 years of servicewith the City of Santa Cruz and more than 30 years in public service. He wasthe first Latino city manager appointed in Santa Cruz, and one of the fewLatino city managers appointed statewide.

Martin received a bachelor’s degree in urban planning and urbanstudies from Stanford University before returning to his native Texas to earn amaster’s degree in public affairs from the University of Texas, Austin.

Before coming to Santa Cruz in 1997, he served as assistant tothe city manager in Mountain View for four years and was senior executiveassistant to the city manager in San Jose after a stint there as anenvironmental specialist.

Mike Conduff

President and CEO, Elim Group

Michael A. (Mike) Conduff is the president and CEO of The Elim Group and also serves as ICMA’s senior advisor for governance. Conduff is a multiple time best-selling author with Jack Canfield (of Chicken Soup fame) for their book The Success Secret and with Brian Tracy for their book Pushing to the Front – Front Line Strategies from the World’s Leading Experts. Additionally, he writes a regular governance column for Public Management (PM) magazine, is a contributing author to the ICMA Green Book series and is frequently published or quoted in other national publications.


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Managing Council/Staff Relationships in an Election Year
05/18/2022 at 1:30 PM (EDT)   |  90 minutes
05/18/2022 at 1:30 PM (EDT)   |  90 minutes
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1.50 ICMA CE credits  |  Certificate available
1.50 ICMA CE credits  |  Certificate available