Perspectives on City Management

Perspectives on City Management

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.

Episodes

August 29, 2022 42 min

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.

GUESTS:
Mike Land, City Manager, City of Coppell
Vicki Chiavetta, Coppell Deputy City Manager, City of Coppell 

LEARN MORE:
City of Coppell Allies in Community Program: https://www.coppelltx.gov/5...

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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. 

GUESTS:
Ben Thatcher, City Manager, City of Boerne
Chris Shadrock, Communications Director, City of Boerne
Piper Adamson, Communicatio...

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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.

GUESTS:
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

Learn more about internships in munici...

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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. 

GUESTS:
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

TCMA members can learn about th...

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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.

GUESTS:
Clay Caruthers, City Manager in Hurst
Scott Swigert, Interim City Manager i...

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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.

GUESTS:
Julie Couch, Town Manager, Town of Fairview
Jeff Jenkins, Deputy City Manager,  City of Taylor
Ted Benavides, Associate Professor of Practice, University of Texas at Dallas an...

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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. 

GUESTS:
Mike Goodrum, City Manager, Sugar Land
Gabe Reaume, City Manager, Saginaw

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January 14, 2022 43 min

We talk with three women who are leading local governments in Texas.

GUESTS
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.org/data-icma-women-profession


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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...

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October 7, 2021 43 min

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. 

Guest:
Julie Robinson, City Administrator in Spring Valley Village

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On this episode we conclude our conversation about the history of the City Management profession in Texas. You can listen to the first part of our conversation in Episode 6

Guest: 
Dan Johnson
City Manager, City of Richardson

More information:
https://www.tcma.org
https://www.professionallymanagedtxcities.org

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On this episode we’ll have the first part of a conversation about the history of the City Management profession in Texas. Part 2 will be aired in a future episode.

Guest: 
Dan Johnson
City Manager, City of Richardson

More information:
https://www.tcma.org
https://www.professionallymanagedtxcities.org

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August 6, 2021 31 min

In this episode, we talk with two of the advisors who make up the ICMA/TCMA Senior Advisor Program. The Program, formerly known as Range Riders, is a partnership program between TCMA and the International City Management Association (ICMA) to make the counsel, experience, and support of respected, retired managers of the profession available to individual members. The program is designed to help with personal and professional issue...

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On this episode we discuss the importance of ethics in City Management.  

GUESTS:
Paul Hofmann, City Manager, City of Bastrop and Chair of the TCMA Ethics Committee
Matt Mueller, Town Manager, Little Elm and Vice-Chair of the Ethics Committee 
Nick Finan, Life Member of TCMA and the recipient of the very first TCMA Excellence in Ethics and Integrity Award.

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June 4, 2021 28 min

In this episode, we chat with some some TCMA members who came up with the concept of this podcast, the TCMA Allies Task Force, about their efforts to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the Association and the city management profession.

GUESTS:
Noel Bernal,  City Manager, City of Brownsville
Debbie Maynor, Founder, HR & Management Solutions

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In this episode we visit with members of the TCMA City Managers of Tomorrow Committee to discuss their efforts to develop a sustainable program to encourage and assist members who identify as emerging leaders. 

GUESTS: 
Austin Bleess, City Manager, Jersey Village 
James Earp, Assistant City Manager, City of Kyle
Crayton Brubaker, TCMA Student Member

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In this episode, we chat with  members of the TCMA Advocacy Committee to discuss their efforts to advocate for the association and the city management profession.

GUESTS:
Ed Broussard, City Manager, City of Tyler, Texas
Hugh Walker, Deputy City Manager, City of Bryan, Texas
Joe Pace, City Manager, City of Lorena, Texas

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