The secret to building credibility with your staff is to focus on developing positive habits and behaviors, writes management consultant Art Petty. Setting clear expectations, treating everyone with respect and admitting to and fixing your mistakes are all habits that will encourage your team to trust you, he writes.
Commissioners in Cleveland County, N.C., have voted unanimously to appoint finance director and deputy county manager Brian Epley to take over as county manager. "A deep understanding of both county operations and finance are vital for decision making and to treat the public's hard-earned tax dollars with proper care," says Epley.
Citizen-science projects -- those that involve the public in collecting data -- sometimes involve students, a trend that can help offer new perspectives, asserts Petra Siegele of the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy in Vienna, Austria. Agencies such as NASA and California's Crystal Cove State Park have tapped students for data collection.
The Brunswick Police Department in Maine presented to the town council its policy on using drones to patrol railroad tracks under a pilot program funded by the Federal Railroad Administration. Drone operators will need to be certified by the Federal Aviation Administration.
Officials in the Chinese city of Baotou have revised revenue figures in the city's annual work report, reducing fiscal revenue numbers by close to 50%. The city says unspecified "fake additions" caused the inflated numbers in the original report.
Council members in Humble, Tex., have appointed interim city manager Jason Stuebe to stay on permanently. Humble Mayor Merle Aaron praised Stuebe for his resolve and effort since Hurricane Harvey.
Auburn, Ala., officials have acquired sufficient land to begin the first phase of the Saugahatchee Creek blueway and trails project. The first phase is close to 100 acres long and will include the development of two trailheads.
The Mega-10 Park in Marshalltown, Iowa, was renovated last year, receiving train-themed playground equipment including a gravity rail zipline, a climbing area and a mobile game system. Funding was raised through grants, a class project and the sale of pickets for $100 each.
The Mishawaka, Ind., parks department will use the crowdsourcing platform Patronicity to raise money for a park-based outdoor fitness center. The goal is to raise $35,000 toward the $90,000 total cost.
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission has begun building a wastewater-treatment plant to be used to water Golden Gate Park and a pair of golf courses that use drinking water for irrigation.
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