They City of Coachella Hires New H.R. Manager

Sandy Krause was hired as the new H.R. Manager for the City of Coachella. Previous to various roles for the City of Coachella, Sandy served as Human Resources Manager for the City of Indio. Krause will continue to oversee and … Continue reading

Dr. Mathis Presents Leadership and Mentoring at Fairfield Leadership Conference

The City of Fairfield invited Dr. Bill Mathis to present the last segment of the leadership academy for 2013.  The presentation and workshop centered around Mentoring and Coaching tips for supervisors in all segments of the Fairfield City Team. Dr. … Continue reading

Lifting the Leader’s Load

Helping out with a heavy load shows the people you work with that you’re interested in being part of the team. You need not help everyone with every challenge, but by assisting when you can, you make it clear, even to those you haven’t helped directly, that you’re someone who can be counted on. Continue reading

Hiring Your New General Manager

When the board is faced with the task of hiring a new general manager, there are several factors to consider. Knowing what you’re looking for depends largely on what you’ve seen. Assess the situation. The first thing to consider is … Continue reading

Seven Tips for Self-Management

Sometimes the most difficult person to manage is our self. We can stand apart from others and easily see where corrections are needed or training would benefit, but when it comes time to turn our gaze on our own habits, … Continue reading

When the Board is Unhappy With the Manager

At a recent conference for elected officials, the question was raised: “Are you unhappy with your Manager?” While the attendees’ response didn’t indicate the severity of the displeasure, the large number of hands raised sent chills down my spine.  I … Continue reading

When It’s Time To Leave

Seven Signs of When to Quit. Dedication and focus cause many local government managers to resist thinking about when it to leave their positions. In my 25 years of working with numerous managers, it has become obvious that fewer managers … Continue reading

Silly Season (aka – Election Time)

Election time in any city, county, special district or organization that elects their Board/Council, creates a silly season – a brief era of crazy behavior from Board and Council members. Egos unfurl for all to see. Historically, this craziness can … Continue reading

Don’t Drop the Ball with Your Board Members!

Written with Bill Garrett and Janice Schreuder The nature of the job for elected officials puts their local government business into the combined time squeeze of work, home life, family, and recreation. Unless the elected official enjoys “retirement,” the juggling … Continue reading

The 7 Symptoms of a Manager in Trouble

Or How to Spot/Stop a Pink Slip Before It Hits Your Desk At the 1990 ICMA Annual Conference in Fort Worth, Texas, industrial psychologist Bill Mathis packed in a wary and curious crowd of administrators.Many looked around furtively before entering … Continue reading


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Work With Your Elected Officials For Greater Success

This article relates the experience of North County Regional Fire and EMS Authority in Stanwood, Washington, as it transitions from rural to suburban, volunteer to paid. The organization is governed by a six-person Board of Commissioners that has committed to … Continue reading

WRCOG 24th General Assembly

Date: Thu, Jun 11, 2015 Time: All Day Location: Morongo Casino Resort & Spa

26th Annual USC-SCAG Demographics Workshop

Date: Mon, Jun 1, 2015 Time: 8:00am – 4:00pm Location: California Science Center

CSAC 2015 Legislative Conference

Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2015 – Thursday, May 28, 2015 Time: 8:30am Join the California State Association of Counties at their 2015 Legislative Conference.