Misconceptions about the nature of emergency-dispatch jobs leave Berkeley County, Md., officials struggling to hire enough staff to respond to a rising tide of 911 calls, says central dispatch director Mary Kackley. "The job is much more than what people believe it to be," she said, adding that many people don't view the job as a career.
Officials in Louisville, Colo., are appointing Heather Balser to serve permanently as city manager. Balser has worked for the city for 20 years, including stints as deputy city manager, assistant city manager and interim city manager.
Commissioners in Florida's Brevard County are supporting measures that would run in excess of $10 million to address the county's sewerage problems. These issues include periodic releases of sewage into the Indian River Lagoon, including 20 million gallons of sewage and stormwater discharged into the Anchor Drive Canal due to excessive rainfall in September and October.
Officials in Union, Hancock and Cocke Counties will use grants from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation to help fund initiatives aimed at reducing carbon emissions. The counties plan to replace aging heating and lighting systems with more efficient alternatives.
Atlanta's PATH Parkway, a newly constructed 1.5-mile walking and bicycling path, now connects West Midtown to Georgia Tech, the Coca-Cola Company office complex and downtown. "PATH Parkway represents how the connections we make through infrastructure enhance how people experience their community," said Atlanta Department of City Planning Commissioner Tim Keane.
Good leaders don't ignore the emotions of subordinates or themselves, writes Steve McKee. "A great deal of internal tension, lack of alignment, turf battles and even working at cross-purposes can result from unaddressed emotional undercurrents, and a leader who is blind to these dynamics (willingly or otherwise) won't be a leader for long," he writes.
The US homeless population has increased for the first time since 2010, with rising rents on the West Coast seen as the driving factor. At least 10 city and county governments on the West Coast have declared states of emergency since 2015.
Residents of the city-state of Singapore will have time ahead of anticipated tax hikes to make preparations, says Indranee Rajah, a senior finance and law official. The government is still debating how and when to increase taxes, she says.
Commissioners in Ellis County, Kan., have approved funds for local emergency officials to purchase new GPS-enabled public-safety radios to replace their current 15-year-old technology. In the future, the new system could allow dispatchers to immediately determine the location of emergencies and deploy the closest emergency responders.
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