Manhattan Beach residents get early say in budget talks

In most cities, residents give input on their city’s budget at the end of the process, after the professionals have drafted and refined it. But in Manhattan Beach, California, city officials this year asked for – and received – plenty of ideas just as the...

The evolving challenges of modern fire departments

Media outlets are beginning to pay attention to the way fire departments have changed in the past few decades. We talked with Ned Pettus, special advisor at Management Partners and former fire chief in Columbus, Ohio about how and why fire departments are changing. Across...

Port Hueneme City Council sets priorities

Jan Perkins, Senior Partner, facilitated a day-long City Council retreat in Port Hueneme on February 26.  The retreat focused on Council teambuilding and setting priorities for the coming year.  The executive team joined in the afternoon to participate in discussions.  Members of the public attended...

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