2022 Council Orientation Series

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    • Non-member - $1,590
    • Member in Transition - $795
    • Member - $795

The transition from private citizen to councilmember can be daunting: in addition to taking on a host of new duties and responsibilities, they must also become familiar with their government's workings in order to pursue the goals they were elected to achieve. While some managers hold orientations for newly elected officials, many do not have the time, staff, or resources to do so, making these new jobs even more difficult. However, ICMA's brand-new Council Orientation Series is now here to fulfill this important function.

This new series is designed to prepare elected officials for their new roles, covering all the basics they'll need to know in order to be an effective leader. From form of government to ethics, from budgeting to media relations, this series will leave attendees well-versed in both local government structure and operations as well as the "soft skills"  they'll need to succeed as a public figure. Led by George Cuff, a former manager, mayor, and leader of dozens of orientations, the series will feature a host of experts, including both practitioners as well as ICMA's own staff. You can rest assured that your councilmembers will be learning from the best!

Schedule

Each session will last approximately 90 minutes, and will begin at 1:00 PM Eastern on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, April 27th – Session 1: Introduction to Form of Government and Strategies for Success
  • Tuesday, May 3rd – Session 2: Roles and Responsibilities of the Councilmember
  • Wednesday, May 11th – Session 3: Understanding the Budget and Strategic Plan
  • Tuesday, May 17th – Session 4: Public Relations
  • Tuesday, May 24th – Session 5: Effective Leadership
  • Wednesday, June 1st – Session 6: Ethics

A recording of each session will be available on demand shortly after the conclusion of the live event, and participants will have access to these recordings for one year after they begin the session. Participants will also receive a certificate upon completion of the course.

  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 06/01/2022

    Learn about the ethical dilemmas elected officials may encounter during their tenure.

    In this session, attendees will become familiar with the ethical considerations they must now take into account as a public servant. It will cover:

    • The expectations of a councilmember vs. a private citizen
    • Case studies of ethical dilemmas they may encounter during their tenure
    • An overview of ICMA's ethical standards
    • Avoiding conflicts of interest and complying with laws such as COIA

    George B. Cuff

    Management Consultant, George B. Cuff & Associates; former mayor, Spruce Grove, AB, Canada

    George Cuff began management consulting in 1979 and established his own firm in 1984. His work focuses on the art of governance and the elements that help organizations become more effective.

    His firm of experienced professionals has conducted approximately 500 corporate governance reviews and George has personally conducted another 500 seminars for various public sector organizations. George has published over 300 articles as well as five books on local government and governance.

    George served four terms as mayor of the city of Spruce Grove, Alberta, having been first elected in 1977. In addition to having chaired numerous boards and committees, George is also a past president of the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (1982-83) and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (1988-89). George was also recognized as one of Alberta’s leading citizens by being awarded the Centennial Medal in 2005. He was honored by his profession in 2007 when he was awarded the designation (FCMC) as a Fellow of the Canadian Management Consultants Association. George was also awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.

  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 05/24/2022

    This session will cover the leadership skills that will help participants succeed in their new roles.

    This session will cover the leadership skills that will help you perform your new duties. Topics will include:

    • General leadership skills
    • Communication with local government staff and other councilmembers
    • Promoting civility
    • Transparency and public trust
    • FOIA considerations

    George B. Cuff

    Management Consultant, George B. Cuff & Associates; former mayor, Spruce Grove, AB, Canada

    George Cuff began management consulting in 1979 and established his own firm in 1984. His work focuses on the art of governance and the elements that help organizations become more effective.

    His firm of experienced professionals has conducted approximately 500 corporate governance reviews and George has personally conducted another 500 seminars for various public sector organizations. George has published over 300 articles as well as five books on local government and governance.

    George served four terms as mayor of the city of Spruce Grove, Alberta, having been first elected in 1977. In addition to having chaired numerous boards and committees, George is also a past president of the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (1982-83) and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (1988-89). George was also recognized as one of Alberta’s leading citizens by being awarded the Centennial Medal in 2005. He was honored by his profession in 2007 when he was awarded the designation (FCMC) as a Fellow of the Canadian Management Consultants Association. George was also awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.

    Felicia Logan

    Director of Leadership Development, ICMA

    Felicia Logan is the former Director of Leadership Development for the International City/County Management Association.  Her primary role was to develop leadership activities specifically for ICMA members from the most senior credentialed managers to the emerging leaders and others. She also played a key role in developing ICMA, Kettering, NCL Leadership Development Institutes and working with the ICMA Race, Equity, and Social Justice team She is an adjunct faculty member to the University of Virginia Senior Executive Institute and LEAD programs and has expertise in strengths-based leadership development for individuals, organizations and teams. Felicia is a master facilitator and executive coach who has a passion for unpacking the old to prepare for the now and the new. She lives in Richmond, VA with her Husband, Mark, who is a nationally ranked Epee fencer and coach. Felicia enjoys planting, reading, listening to audio books and running with her sisters of the heart.

  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 05/17/2022

    This session will offer guidance for communicating with members of the public and the press.

    In this session, attendees will learn the do's and don’ts when speaking with members of the public or the media. It will cover:

    • An overview of local government communication strategies and methods
    • Guidelines for public interactions with citizens and citizen groups like PTAs and chambers of commerce
    • Recommendations for social media use
    • Media relations: how to talk to reporters, coordinate with the CAO or press office, building relationships with reporters and news outlets

    George B. Cuff

    Management Consultant, George B. Cuff & Associates; former mayor, Spruce Grove, AB, Canada

    George Cuff began management consulting in 1979 and established his own firm in 1984. His work focuses on the art of governance and the elements that help organizations become more effective.

    His firm of experienced professionals has conducted approximately 500 corporate governance reviews and George has personally conducted another 500 seminars for various public sector organizations. George has published over 300 articles as well as five books on local government and governance.

    George served four terms as mayor of the city of Spruce Grove, Alberta, having been first elected in 1977. In addition to having chaired numerous boards and committees, George is also a past president of the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (1982-83) and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (1988-89). George was also recognized as one of Alberta’s leading citizens by being awarded the Centennial Medal in 2005. He was honored by his profession in 2007 when he was awarded the designation (FCMC) as a Fellow of the Canadian Management Consultants Association. George was also awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.

    Jason Grant

    Director of Advocacy, ICMA

    Jason Grant serves as the Director of Advocacy for ICMA where he helps to advance the council-manager form of government and the value of professional city/county management. Prior to joining ICMA, Jason spent sixteen years in local government, most recently as the Chief Communications Officer for Prince William County, Virginia. A PhD candidate in Writing and Rhetoric, Jason combines theoretical insights with practical experience to provide a pragmatic approach to public relations, citizen engagement, community building and advocacy. As a professional speaker and facilitator, Jason is recognized for his conversational style and keen ability to make the content directly relatable to audience members. Ultimately, Jason believes that communities are best served through open and honest dialogue between the government and the people, and his work is centered around strategies for assuring a responsive government that honors the many voices in our communities.

  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This session will give an introduction to budgeting and strategic planning in a local government context.

    In this session, attendees will gain a greater understanding of the local government budget and how it relates to the strategic plan. It will cover:

    • How the budget is used as a policy tool
    • The basics of budgeting and an overview of elements such as spending within means, revenues, variances, and reserves
    • Economic analysis and long-term planning
    • Types of budgeting methods

    George B. Cuff

    Management Consultant, George B. Cuff & Associates; former mayor, Spruce Grove, AB, Canada

    George Cuff began management consulting in 1979 and established his own firm in 1984. His work focuses on the art of governance and the elements that help organizations become more effective.

    His firm of experienced professionals has conducted approximately 500 corporate governance reviews and George has personally conducted another 500 seminars for various public sector organizations. George has published over 300 articles as well as five books on local government and governance.

    George served four terms as mayor of the city of Spruce Grove, Alberta, having been first elected in 1977. In addition to having chaired numerous boards and committees, George is also a past president of the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (1982-83) and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (1988-89). George was also recognized as one of Alberta’s leading citizens by being awarded the Centennial Medal in 2005. He was honored by his profession in 2007 when he was awarded the designation (FCMC) as a Fellow of the Canadian Management Consultants Association. George was also awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.

    Dr. Michael Overton

    Assistant Professor of Political Science and Public Administration

    Michael Overton (Ph.D., University of North Texas, 2015) is an assistant professor of public administration, using his public sector experience to identify research topics that matter to government entities. His research focuses on the intersection of local government management and fiscal policy. He is particularly interested in topics involving local government fiscal health, economic development financing, transportation and local government competition. His research into these areas has been funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, SMART Transit, the North Central Texas Council of Governments and has been published in prominent public administration journals including The Review of Regional Studies, The American Review of Public Administration, State and Local Government and Public Money and Management.

    Over the brief tenure of his career, he has received prestigious awards for his scholarship. In 2015, he won the Toulouse Dissertation Award in Social Science for best social science dissertation at UNT. He was selected for the 2016 Lincoln Scholars Program hosted by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and recently, he was honored as a 2017 American Society of Public Administration Founders Fellow.

  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This session will cover the day-to-day duties of elected officials as well as tips for making policy.

    In this session, attendees will learn about the day-to-day duties of the councilmember, and where they fit into the workings of government. It will cover:

    • A deeper dive into the role of councilmember and the expectations
    • An overview of council meetings and associated elements such as procedural rules, planning the agenda, how to conduct public hearings, and complying with open meetings laws
    • Basics of evaluating a manager/CAO
    • An introduction to policymaking, how to define your community's vision, and the elements of good public policy

    George B. Cuff

    Management Consultant, George B. Cuff & Associates; former mayor, Spruce Grove, AB, Canada

    George Cuff began management consulting in 1979 and established his own firm in 1984. His work focuses on the art of governance and the elements that help organizations become more effective.

    His firm of experienced professionals has conducted approximately 500 corporate governance reviews and George has personally conducted another 500 seminars for various public sector organizations. George has published over 300 articles as well as five books on local government and governance.

    George served four terms as mayor of the city of Spruce Grove, Alberta, having been first elected in 1977. In addition to having chaired numerous boards and committees, George is also a past president of the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (1982-83) and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (1988-89). George was also recognized as one of Alberta’s leading citizens by being awarded the Centennial Medal in 2005. He was honored by his profession in 2007 when he was awarded the designation (FCMC) as a Fellow of the Canadian Management Consultants Association. George was also awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.

    Kevin Duggan

    Senior Advisor, ICMA

    Kevin C. Duggan is ICMA's former West Coast Regional Director and now serves as a Senior Advisor for ICMA's West Coast region. He has 40 years of municipal government experience including 27 years as the city manager of Mountain View and Campbell, California. He is a credentialed city manager and has served as president of both Cal-ICMA and the City Manager's Division of the League of California Cities. He has participated in executive development programs at the University of Virginia and the University of California, Berkeley. He also participated in a ICMA international exchange with Limerick County, Ireland. In 2013 he received the National Public Service Award from the American Society for Public Administration and the National Academy of Public Administration.

  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This session will cover form of government as well as general strategies for success as an elected official

    This session will introduce attendees to the form and structure of local government and provide helpful tips to ease their transition into the role of councilmember. It will cover:

    • Council-manager vs. mayor-council forms of government
    • Delineation of duties between councils and the manager/mayor
    • The functions of departments common to most local governments
    • General strategies for success as a councilmember

    George B. Cuff

    Management Consultant, George B. Cuff & Associates; former mayor, Spruce Grove, AB, Canada

    George Cuff began management consulting in 1979 and established his own firm in 1984. His work focuses on the art of governance and the elements that help organizations become more effective.

    His firm of experienced professionals has conducted approximately 500 corporate governance reviews and George has personally conducted another 500 seminars for various public sector organizations. George has published over 300 articles as well as five books on local government and governance.

    George served four terms as mayor of the city of Spruce Grove, Alberta, having been first elected in 1977. In addition to having chaired numerous boards and committees, George is also a past president of the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (1982-83) and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (1988-89). George was also recognized as one of Alberta’s leading citizens by being awarded the Centennial Medal in 2005. He was honored by his profession in 2007 when he was awarded the designation (FCMC) as a Fellow of the Canadian Management Consultants Association. George was also awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.

    Kevin Duggan

    Senior Advisor, ICMA

    Kevin C. Duggan is ICMA's former West Coast Regional Director and now serves as a Senior Advisor for ICMA's West Coast region. He has 40 years of municipal government experience including 27 years as the city manager of Mountain View and Campbell, California. He is a credentialed city manager and has served as president of both Cal-ICMA and the City Manager's Division of the League of California Cities. He has participated in executive development programs at the University of Virginia and the University of California, Berkeley. He also participated in a ICMA international exchange with Limerick County, Ireland. In 2013 he received the National Public Service Award from the American Society for Public Administration and the National Academy of Public Administration.