The Texas City Management Association (TCMA) presents Perspectives on City Management, a podcast about the people who work hard every day to keep Texas cities running smoothly. In each episode we sit down with city managers and other municipal public servants to discuss the business of local government, and the professionals who make it work. Show topics include Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; City Management; Economic Development; Quality of Life; Next Generation of Leaders; and TCMA initiatives that benefit local leaders. Perspectives on Local Government is brought to you TCMA. The show is hosted, recorded, and produced by TCMA Social Media Coordinator Stacey Ford Osborne.
Finding and keeping talent in municipal government can be a challenge and with cities being unique workplaces, it’s important for city management to be flexible and creative with human resource management. In Season 2, Episode 7, our guests share innovative ways to hire and keep municipal employees.
Gina Nash, City Manager, City of Sachse
LaShon Ross, Deputy City Manager, City of Plano
To help recruit and prepare a new generation of city managers, TCMA’s City Managers of Tomorrow Committee partners with university programs to tap those interested in a career in the city management profession. This episode will highlight how the how the TCMA Managers in Partnership Program is having a positive impact.
In 2022, 51 practitioners under the age of 40 came together to discuss how to advance the future of local government. The convening was modeled after the Minnowbrook conferences, which started in 1968 and continued in 1988 and 2018 to reimagine the field of public administration. In this episode, Lauren Rose and Derrick Stanford share their experiences as delegates at the convening. In addition, Mike Land shares his participati...
In Part 2 of of the episode Perspectives on a Tragedy, Vince DiPiazza, Uvalde City Manager and the 2023 TCMA Administrator of the Year, shares his experience during the mass shooting in Uvalde on May 24, 2022, and his management of the crisis.
In a two-part series, Vince DiPiazza, Uvalde City Manager and the 2023 TCMA Administrator of the Year, shares his experience during the mass shooting in Uvalde on May 24, 2022, and his management of the crisis.
A commitment to ethics is the cornerstone of the Texas City Management Association. In this episode we’ll talk with the chair and vice-chair of the TCMA Ethics Committee about how ethics shapes city management.
Matt Mueller, Town Manager, Little Elm | Ethics Committee Chair
Jennifer May, Deputy City Manager, Sugar Land | Ethics Committee Vice Chair
Learn more: https://www.tcma.org/190/Ethics-Commi...
In this first episode of Season 2, we talk about the challenges and opportunities that come with moving from an urban city or town to a more rural community with two TCMA members who have made the move.
Josh Selleck, City Manager, City of Kilgore
Terrell Smith, City Manager, City of Marshall
On this episode of Perspectives we talk with two emerging leaders who bring value to their respective cities by virtue of their unique experiences outside of city management.
Sara Robinson, Assistant City Manager, City of Deer Park
Mayra Cantu, Strategic Support Manager, City of Georgetown
In this episode we talk with two local government leaders and their spouses about their perspective on work life balance in the real world.
Paulette Hartman, Deputy City Manager, North Richland Hills
Michael Hartman (spouse to Paulette)
Danny Zincke, Assistant City Manager, Boerne
Lacey Dingman (spouse to Danny Zincke and Director of Parks and Recreation, Marble Falls)
Learn how TCMA is helping members with mental wellness and those who were instrumental in creating TCMA’s mental wellness program.
Cliff Keheley, City Manager, City of Mesquite
A. C. Gonzalez, TCMA Life Member and Senior Advisor
Greg Smith, TCMA Life Member
Learn how to prepare your city staff, residents, and elected officials for changing demographics. The City of Coppell recently implemented a successful program in their community that embraces diversity and encourages residents to do the same.
Mike Land, City Manager, City of Coppell
Vicki Chiavetta, Coppell Deputy City Manager, City of Coppell
City of Coppell Allies in Community P...
Public schools are an important part of a municipality and many city managers work closely with their local school districts to ensure local students have the resources they need to succeed. The City of Boerne recently partnered with their local school district and the partnership has worked both ways.
Ben Thatcher, City Manager, City of Boerne
Chris Shadrock, Communications Director, City of Boerne
City management internships can be beneficial for both the intern and the city. Our guests on Episode 15 share how their experiences as interns helped them be better leaders of their municipalities.
Brooks Bennett, Assistant City Manager, City of Round Rock
Imelda Speck, Senior Housing and Development Manager, City of Irving
Stacey Ybarra, Assistant Village Administrator, Village of Salado
The 2022 TCMA Annual Conference, "Seeing the Forest for the Trees," will be June 9 – 12 at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa in Bastrop. Our guests on Episode 14 tell us what we can expect.
James Stokes, TCMA President-Elect and City Manager, City of Deer Park
Paul Hofmann, City Manager, City of Bastrop
and Kim Pendergraft, Affiliate Association Manager, Texas Municipal League
There are many paths to becoming a city manager. Some people follow the traditional path with a masters in public administration while others follow a less traditional path. On this episode, we talk with three TCMA members who followed their own path and the interesting twists and turns on their journey and how city management has become their passion.
Clay Caruthers, City Manager in Hurst
Scott Swigert, In...
Being a city manager is a unique job that comes with a whole set of interesting challenges that change on a daily basis. In this episode we talk with three TCMA members who share their stories about what can happen in the day in a life of a City Manager.
Julie Couch, Town Manager, Town of Fairview
Jeff Jenkins, Deputy City Manager, City of Taylor
Ted Benavides, Associate Professor of Practice, Univers...
In this episode we talk with two city managers who met under interesting circumstances at a TCMA conference and have supported each other in the profession over many years of friendship. Their story was featured in the July, 2021 issue of TCMA's Management Messenger newsletter.
Mike Goodrum, City Manager, Sugar Land
Gabe Reaume, City Manager, Saginaw
We talk with three women who are leading local governments in Texas.
Karen Daly, TCMA Life Member, ICMA Mountain Plains Regional Director, and Texas Women Leading Government Executive Director
Paulette Hartman, Deputy City Manager, City of North Richland Hills, TCMA Past President
Lauren Middleton-Pratt, Assistant City Manager, City of Buda
ICMA Study on Women in City Government: https://icma....
A legend in the Texas city management profession, Terrell Blodgett is one of five individuals who have been honored as a TCMA distinguished member in its nearly 100 year history as an association. He was also selected as a TCMA Legacy Leader in 2010. His interview can be seen:https://vimeo.com/134729357. Mr. Blodgett was recently honored by the City of Austin for his lifetime commitment to public service and advancing the city man...
The topic of Episode 8 is “Managing When Life Happens.” We talk about how to manage a demanding job when life is happening around you.
Julie Robinson, City Administrator in Spring Valley Village
"McCartney: A Life in Lyrics" offers listeners the opportunity to sit in on conversations between Paul McCartney and poet Paul Muldoon dissecting the people, experiences, and art that inspired McCartney’s songwriting. These conversations were held during the past several years as the two collaborated on the best selling book, “The Lyrics: 1965 to Present.” Over two seasons and 24 episodes of “McCartney: A Life in Lyrics”, you’ll hear a combination master class, memoir, and improvised journey with one of the most beloved figures in popular music. Each episode focuses on one song from McCartney’s iconic catalog – spanning early Beatles through his solo work. Season 1 premieres on October 4th. “McCartney: A Life in Lyrics” is a co-production between iHeart Media, MPL and Pushkin Industries. Cover Portrait © 1967 Paul McCartney / Photographer: Linda McCartney
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