Management Partners in the News

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

Published work

Succession Planning: How One Department Did It. Article published in the August 2017 issue of APWA Reporter.

Doing Data Right: Lessons from Three Cities by Heain Lee and Sam Lieberman. Article published in the July 2017 issue of PM Magazine.

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

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

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

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

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

The Building Blocks of Local Government Innovation by Jerry Newfarmer. Article published March 30, 2015 in’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

City Financial Future Paints a Torrid PictureManagement Partners is assisting the City of Cloverdale with a 20-year financial forecast that details their fiscal future and suggests ways to address projected deficits.

Madison Selectmen Present 10-Year Draft PlanManagement Partners facilitated the creation of a strategic plan for Madison, Connecticut over a year and a half. The process included surveying town leaders, employees and volunteers, holding two general public input sessions, producing draft and final strategic plans and creating a plan for implementation.

The Report Is Out: How Will We Respond to the Next Major Wildfire? Management Partners analyzed the City of Malibu’s response to the historic Woolsey fire and highlighted lessons to improve the response during the next natural disaster.

Santa Maria City Council Creates Priority Lists for Coming Years: Management Partners facilitated a workshop with council members to identify priorities, among them downtown revitalization, a re-focus on South Broadway and renewed efforts to attract high-paying jobs.

“Deep divisions” exist in Huntington Beach Police Department: Management Partners conducted an organization review of the Huntington Beach Police Department and made 16 recommendations for improvement.

Milpitas seeks resident input for city’s next budget:Residents and employees identify budget priorities through surveys, workshops led by Management Partners.

“5 Good Reasons Why Local Governments Should Embrace Long-Term Budget Forecasting”: A great summary of our recent #ICMA2017 presentation on long-term forecasts for cities and counties.

“Every Davis resident should read the new budget forecast”:
Dan Carson, chair of the Finance and Budget Commission for the City of Davis, CA, explains how officials and residents can use the 20-year forecast prepared by Management Partners’ Robert Leland to better understand future challenges and opportunities.

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.

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.


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