Management Partners in the News

As thought leaders in local government consulting, Management Partners’ team members have authored articles covering a variety of topics that affect government leaders and their operations. Contact us if you’d like to be included in future mailings.

Published work

Finding Your Leadership Mojo by Kevin Knutson. Article published in the February 2017 issue of Government Finance Review.

A Constructive Dialogue: Facilitated Performance Reviews by Jan Perkins and Frank Benest. Article published in the November 2016 issue of PM Magazine.

Building Career Resiliency by Jan Perkins. Article published as the cover story of the March 2016 PM Magazine.

What Two Oscar Winners Can Teach Us about Local Government by Jerry Newfarmer. Article published at PATimes.org.

Forecasting for an Uncertain Fiscal Future by Robert Leland. Article published in Western City Magazine.

Scaling Up: How One Organization Grew in an Era of Contraction Article published in the California Special Districts Magazine.

Six Signs Your Local Goverment Needs an Organization Review by Jerry Newfarmer. Article published in the Alliance for Innovation’s Solutions Journal.

Working Effectively with Elected Officials by Jan Perkins and Linda Barton. Article published by Emerging Local Government Leaders.

Seeing Your Government the Way the Best Companies Do by Jerry Newfarmer. Article published at PATimes.org.

Are You a Leader or a Manager? by Jerry Newfarmer. Article published at PATimes.org.

Navigating the Economic Upturn by Andy Belknap and Alan Rosen. Article published August 2015 in Public Management Magazine.

Overcoming Barriers to Shared Services by Jerry Newfarmer. Article published in the Summer issue of PA Times.

Women in Leadership: 40 Years of Progress by Jan Perkins. Article published June 22, 2015 on Emerging Local Government Leaders website.

What to Do When a Local Government Leader Leaves by Jerry Newfarmer. Article published on GovLoop.com.

Some Things I’ve Learned As a Consultant About Being A City Manager by Jerry Newfarmer. Article published in the May Ohio City and County Management Association newsletter.

Experimenting with Innovation by Kevin Knutson. Article published April 2015 in Government Finance Review.

The Customer Service Feedback You’re Probably Missing byJerry Newfarmer. Article published on GovLoop.com.

The Building Blocks of Local Government Innovation by Jerry Newfarmer. Article published March 30, 2015 in Governing.com’s Voices of the Governing Institute.

Ten Tips: Leading Change by Jerry Newfarmer. Article published March 2015 in Public Management Magazine.

What’s Your Management System? by Jerry Newfarmer.  Article originally published in the February 2013 Ohio City Managers’ Association Newsletter.

Getting Past the Quick Fix: On the Road to Financial Resiliency, by Kevin Knutson. Article originally published in Government Finance Review, October 2012.

Hiring 2.0: 23 Creative Ways to Recruit and Keep Great Staff by Jan Perkins, CM-ICMA. Article originally published in Public Management Magazine, January/ February 2011.

Those First Days Can Be (Well, Almost) Indescribable; A Checklist for the First 100 Days by Tamara Letourneau.  Article originally published in Public Management Magazine, March 2006

The Value of Going Back to Basics by Jan Perkins, CM-ICMA.  Article originally published in Western City Magazine, June 2005.

Media coverage


Pasadena Water and Power should gain control of embezzled program, report says
. Management Partners makes recommendations on changes to Pasadena’s underground utility program in the wake of a $6.4 million embezzlement.

The Atlantic and award-winning writer James Fallows take a deep dive into San Bernardino, a city in bankruptcy that’s receiving assistance from Management Partners to create a recovery plan. What It’s Like When Your City Goes Broke looks at how the city arrived at its current state; Today a Bankrupt City Votes on Its Next Steps looks at what follows the recovery plan; and The San Bernardino Story: Fire Fighters Weigh In presents the perspective of a firefighter in a city where public-safety pay has emerged as a contentious issue.


Report: ‘Dysfunctional environment’ at Santa Rosa’s development department
. Management Partners works with the City of Santa Rosa to identify improvements to its development department processes. Analysis includes review of performance data, interviews with staff and customer feedback.

Former Santa Monica City Manager Joins Management Partners Firm. Former Santa Monica city manager joins Management Partners as vice president of management.

City releases Charlotte Fire Department reports. Management Partners performs a review of the Charlotte Fire Department management processes to identify opportunities to improve oversight, accountability, communication and performance.

Newsletters

The one-hour rule; when a local leader leaves September 2015

Are you a leader or a manager? August 2015

Taking the “fire” out of “fire department”?  July 2015

Innovation: Three views from Management Partners May 2015

Leading for change: 10 tips to make change useful, effective March 2015

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