5 Qualities Every Municipal Finance Director Needs

Working as a municipal CFO requires a variety of qualities. Although the responsibilities and expectations can vary among local governments, there are universal skills and experience you need to be successful. If you aspire to be a municipal CFO, make sure you have these five qualities.   Data Presentation As a municipal CFO, you report on and clearly communicate… Read More »

Be Healthy This Year at Work – 7 Exercises to Do at Your Desk

Working 40 hours or more per week and taking care of personal responsibilities leaves little time for exercising. However, lack of physical activity affects your time management skills, mental performance and ability to meet deadlines. For these reasons, it’s important you make time to work out every day. Stay healthy by performing these seven exercises at work.… Read More »


BULLY OR TEAM LEADER: LEARNING THE DIFFERENCE AND STANDING UP PDF Version We’ve heard the story a thousand times, right? You can’t give in to a bully. When the bully takes your lunch money one day, he’ll be back the next day for more. But what happens when the bully is your boss? Or a… Read More »

10 Questions to Ask in Your Upcoming Interview

A job interview is not just a chance for a hiring manager to grill you with questions. It also is an opportunity for you to find out whether a role is a good fit. During your next interview, be sure to ask these 10 questions.   1.      Have I Answered All of Your Questions? Before asking your own questions, determine whether… Read More »

Why Should You Partner With a Municipal Staffing Firm When Hiring? 

Finding the right talent is a huge challenge for many municipalities. Reviewing applications, interviewing candidates and negotiating salaries all take away time from other responsibilities. For this reason, more municipalities are partnering with staffing agencies to provide workers for open roles. Find out how partnering with a municipal staffing firm can solve your hiring challenges.     Time Savings  Since the job market is strong and favors candidates, you may spend more time and have… Read More »

Top 9 Reasons Why You Should Consider Working for a Municipality

Have you ever thought about working for your local government? Employment with a municipality can be personally rewarding and impactful on community residents. You also gain excellent benefits and job security. Here are nine reasons why you should consider working for a municipality.   1.      Work-Life Balance One of the perks of being a municipal… Read More »


“YEAR OF THE WOMAN IS NOW!” Click Here to Read in PDF March 8 is International Woman’s Day, and the entire month of March is being celebrated as Women’s History Month, I thought it appropriate to dedicate this CitySpeak newsletter to recognizing the important role women have played in my career and my life. This… Read More »


“THERE’S NO GREY AREA IN YOUR PERSONAL CONSCIENCE” CitySpeak Newsletter 2019-01 There’s No Grey Area in the Human Conscience It has been a long time since I have thought about the “grey area” issue so prevalent in local government administration. Then, during a recent visit from my daughter and her husband, we engaged in a… Read More »

Embarrassing Moment at City Hall

“Most Embarrassing Moment at City Hall” View in PDF LinkedIn reminded me that today is the birthday of City Clerk Byron Pope, MMC at the City of Beverly Hills! Actually, LinkedIn has been reminding me of Byron’s birthday for 12 years, and each year this reminds me of a most embarrassing presentation I made at… Read More »

Courage at City Hall – a CalPERS Reflection

“The Courage to Work at City Hall: A CalPERS Reflection” Click to View PDF Version It can take courage to work at City Hall, especially when a sensitive matter or high stakes initiative is on the table. To be clear, this CitySpeak article is about “prudent financial management,” NOT “whistleblower” issues. Any discussion about whistleblower… Read More »