I am emailing you looking for advice on our current situation. I am in mid level management in our Development Department and a bit concerned with our current situation. We are a community currently still in the Town form of government and our population is around 65,000. We have a political action committee who is trying to obtain I believe 1500 names on a petition to have our form of government changed to a city. I have worked here for 10 years and previously worked for a much larger city with around a million residents. I know how politics plays into all departments with a mayor and council vs. just a town council, and how directors and other department personnel may be removed from their positions. I fear change especially having committed 10 years of my career here that one day I could become a casualty of politics.
I was just wondering if anyone has had to make this transition and if so, have they survived the change without drawing a line in the sand? Any comments or suggestions are welcome. I currently do not feel that my position would be a casualty of politics, but I am looking into the future and how to maintain some sort of security in these trying times.
Maybe our readers can do better on this one than I can. My thoughts:
The Management Doctor
If I was a planner in that municipality, I would strongly advocate consideration of a Manager-Council form of government as one of the alternatives. ICMA can provide assistance with information as to the benefits of professional management.
J. Justin Woods
Real planners don't 'fear' change -- they embrace it, plan for it and create new frameworks around it to make it work best for the most!