2022 Council Orientation Series Session 1: Introduction to Form of Government


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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.

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2022 Council Orientation Series Session 1: Introduction to Form of Government
04/27/2022 at 1:00 PM (EDT)   |  90 minutes
04/27/2022 at 1:00 PM (EDT)   |  90 minutes
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Live Viewing: 1.50 ICMA CE credits and certificate available
Live Viewing: 1.50 ICMA CE credits and certificate available