Appointing & Evaluating Planning Directors
Dear Management Doctor:
My planning commission has asked me two questions:
The appointment varies substantially, depending on the structure of the government. *
Evaluating Planning Directors is another matter. In theory, the appointing body should be doing the evaluation. Most communities have an annual evaluation system for all employees but they are often not well done, are not done for the managers, or skip several years.
Even when the community has a formal evaluation process, it is difficult to evaluate the managers. Often the appointing authority does not have enough hands-on experience to conduct a good evaluation. For managers, I prefer what is called a 360 degree evaluations. (Look it up under Google for more information). In this system the managers is evaluated by superiors, peers, subordinates and the Planning Commission could also be part of the mix. These are done on a confidential and anonymous basis. If a manger wants to improve, these can be excellent.
For Planning Directors, the evaluation may be as simple as, do you still have a job?
I hope our readers will share experiences from their communities that I can pass along.
The Management Doctor
* Note: Interesting organizational history is also covered in the Growing Smart Legislative Guidebook, 2002 Edition, American Planning Association.
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