Don’t Stress About Staff Reports!

“Staff Reports Due – Don’t Stress” Have you made a “new year’s resolution” for the new fiscal year that begins July 1? During my almost three decades preparing City staff reports, I would often find myself making new fiscal year’s resolutions.  First and foremost, I would promise myself I would not ever be late again… Read More »

City Manager’s Budget Needs Your Input!

“We’re All Stakeholders in the Budget” View PDF   We all have a stake in the City budget that is likely being presented as we speak.   CITY MANAGER’S BUDGET Although the budget that will be adopted by the City Council is technically called “the City Manager’s Budget,” the City Manager relies on a team… Read More »


Accounts Payable – Whose Job Is It Anyway?  Newsletter 06-13-18 (Accounts Payable – Whose Job Is It Anyway) v3  Accounts Payable (A/P) is the responsibility of the Finance Department.  With the exception of construction and certain consulting contracts (e.g. legal services, planning, etc.) that require special handling, ALL A/P invoices (with a few exceptions) should… Read More »

Stuck in a City Partnership?

Get Your City Partnership Unstuck.   Are you currently feeling stuck in a partnership?  Don’t panic.  Nothing good comes out of actions based on fear or panic.  Just because you feel like you’re “stuck,” you think you’ve got to get OUT immediately. That panic or anxiety you’re feeling about being stuck in a relationship or… Read More »

Careful NOT to Pierce Your City’s Corporate Veil

Careful NOT to Pierce Your City’s Corporate Veil In corporate governance, “piercing the corporate veil” results in “personal liability” for Directors and management of the commercial corporation when these ignore the formalities of corporate governance and the state laws that are in place to limit their liability. Basically, the shareholders in the corporation are held… Read More »


PREPARE CITY BUDGET WITH PUBLIC SERVICE IN MIND Some 23 years ago when I landed my first job as City Finance Director, an older City Manager (may he rest in peace) taught me some simple, strong lessons about preparing a Budget for acceptance by the community and adoption by the City Council.  I held a… Read More »

Balance Sheet – Review During City Budget Adoption

Balance Sheet – Review During City Budget Adoption Most people at City Hall realize the importance of the Budget that must be adopted by June 30 (or FY end), but ask them about the City’s Balance Sheet and you will likely get a blank stare. During the presentation of the City Budget, the Balance Sheet… Read More »

Interview Mistakes That Will Keep You From an Offer

You have a great resume, a cover letter that dazzles, impecable references–the only think left is the interview.  So make sure you don’t make these mistakes: 1. Don’t show up late! The easiest way to look bad right off the bat is to show up late.  It gives the impression that you’re unresponsible and makes… Read More »

Cutting Costs Part II

Companies continue to search for new ways to become more nimble and thrive in a tough economy.  In Part 1 of this series we shared three ways companies are using staffing to contain costs, reduce risks and increase flexibility. Today, I’d like to share a few ideas to help you save time and grow your… Read More »

Cut costs. Find new sources of revenue. Improve productivity.

Even though some positive economic signs begin to emerge, these three goals will still ring true for nearly every business throughout the country. Through using a planned approach to staffing, companies are saving an average of roughly 10% (and in some cases up to 30%) of labor costs with temporary staffing and reducing financial risk. … Read More »