2022 Council Orientation Series Session 2: Roles and Responsibilities of the Elected Official
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.
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.