Cityscape December 2013 : Page 4

President’s Viewpoint l Standing on common ground n my first column as your League Executive Board President, I reported that I was running unopposed in my Waterloo mayoral election. I later learned, after Cityscape went to print, that I did indeed have a challenger for the seat. Such is life in elected office! Waterloo’s citizens are probably not aware of how fortunate they are that multiple people would like to serve as their mayor. There are many cities in the state where the mayor and council seats are filled by write-in candidates. As often happens in these races, my mayoral race opponent was one of my coun-terparts on the Waterloo city council. Now that the election is done, we’re back at the council table working on the same team, looking for the best compromise and common ground to better Waterloo. Again, such is life in elected office! Elections represent a vital life cycle in government. They re-invigorate the participants and shed light on the issues that are important to our citizens. Those same citizens expect us to now take our seats at the council table and get to work. In the next month, hundreds of newly elected officials in the state will be sworn into office and will take their seat at a city council table for the first time --just in time to work on the city budget. Those of us with city government experience under our belts should be able to remember how confusing that first city budget cycle can be. As city government “veter-ans,” perhaps the best service we can provide our community is to mentor those newly elected officials as best we can. Be the one to reach out and begin the first of many conversations to come with your newly elected counterparts. Perhaps you can get together for coffee and take a moment to learn what prompted each of you to serve your community. After all, understanding someone’s motivations is the first step to finding common ground. Lastly, encourage your fellow city officials to attend the Municipal Leadership Academy (MLA) offerings. MLA Part One workshops are over, but there is an online offering now available. Parts Two through Four will happen in 2014, so there is still time to register. MLA is valuable training for city officials of all experience levels, so consider participating in the online trainings as a council work session. The myriad of issues facing cities is broad and constantly changing, meaning there is always something new to learn. Such is life in elected office! I Buck Clark | Waterloo Mayor | President, Iowa League of Cities Waterloo Mayor Buck Clark EXECUTIVE BOARD President: Buck Clark, Mayor, Waterloo, (319) 291-4301 l President-elect: Warren Woods, Mayor, Creston, (641) 782-2000 Immediate Past President: Reynold Peterson, Mayor, Spencer, (712) 580-7200 l Past President: Kris Gulick, Council Member, Cedar Rapids, (319) 286-5051 Past President: Ruth Randleman, Mayor, Carlisle, (515) 989-3224 DIRECTORS Patty Anderson, City Clerk/Administrator, Hartley, (712) 928-2240 l Lori Brown, City Clerk, Wilton, (563) 732-2115 l Ann Campbell, Mayor, Ames, (515) 239-5105 l Kay Cmelik , City Clerk/Finance Officer, Grinnell, (641) 236-2600 l Kim Downs, City Administrator, Hiawatha, (319) 393-1515 Jim Erb, Mayor, Charles City, (641) 257-6300 | Jim Ferneau, City Administrator, Burlington, (319) 753-8124 l Clint Fichter, City Manager, Avoca, (712) 343-2424 l Linda Gaul, City Clerk, Earlville, (563) 923-3365 l Jim Heavens, Mayor, Dyersville, (563) 875-7996 l Gregg Mandsager, City Administrator/Clerk, Muscatine, (563) 264-1550 | Scott Peterson, City Administrator/Clerk, Lake View, (712) 657-2634 | Adam Schweers, Mayor, Carroll, (712) 792-1000 l Matt Walsh, Council Member, Council Bluffs, (712) 328-4616 LEAGUE STAFF Elisabeth Bender, Administrative Assistant l Bruce E. Bergman, General Counsel l Shannon Busby, Office Manager l Bethany Crile, Com-munications Coordinator l Aric Cudnohosky, Database Administrator l Alison R. Deiter, Accountant l Kim Gannon, Claims Examiner l Monica Grubbs, Administrative Assistant l Jeff Hovey, Director of Risk Services l Matt Jackson, Claims Manager | Cindy Kendall, Extension Program Specialist l Tim Kirgan, Marketing Manager l Alan Kemp, Executive Director | Jenny McKenzie, Medical-Only Claims Examiner l Dustin Miller, Director of Government Affairs l Dana Monosmith, Controller l Erin Mullenix, Research and Fiscal Analyst | Ed Morrison, Loss Control Representative l Ryan Pealer, Network Administrator Heather Roberts, Director of Information Services l Dean Schade, Senior Loss Control Representative l Mickey Shields, Assistant Director of Membership Services l Ron Sinnwell, Loss Control Coordinator l Terry Timmins, General Counsel l Mark Tomb, Director of Membership Services l Amanda Werner, Administrative Assistant l Katie Wheeler, Graphic Designer | Chuck Williams, R.N., Senior Claims Examiner l Tiffani Williamson, Accounting Assistant 4 Cityscape December 2013

President’s Viewpoint

Buck Clark

In my first column as your League Executive Board President, I reported that I was running unopposed in my Waterloo mayoral election. I later learned, after Cityscape went to print, that I did indeed have a challenger for the seat. Such is life in elected office! Waterloo’s citizens are probably not aware of how fortunate they are that multiple people would like to serve as their mayor. There are many cities in the state where the mayor and council seats are filled by write-in candidates.<br /> <br /> As often happens in these races, my mayoral race opponent was one of my counterparts on the Waterloo city council. Now that the election is done, we’re back at the council table working on the same team, looking for the best compromise and common ground to better Waterloo. Again, such is life in elected office! Elections represent a vital life cycle in government. They re-invigorate the participants and shed light on the issues that are important to our citizens. Those same citizens expect us to now take our seats at the council table and get to work.<br /> <br /> In the next month, hundreds of newly elected officials in the state will be sworn into office and will take their seat at a city council table for the first time -- just in time to work on the city budget. Those of us with city government experience under our belts should be able to remember how confusing that first city budget cycle can be. As city government “veterans,” perhaps the best service we can provide our community is to mentor those newly elected officials as best we can.<br /> <br /> Be the one to reach out and begin the first of many conversations to come with your newly elected counterparts. Perhaps you can get together for coffee and take a moment to learn what prompted each of you to serve your community. After all, understanding someone’s motivations is the first step to finding common ground.<br /> <br /> Lastly, encourage your fellow city officials to attend the Municipal Leadership Academy (MLA) offerings. MLA Part One workshops are over, but there is an online offering now available. Parts Two through Four will happen in 2014, so there is still time to register. MLA is valuable training for city officials of all experience levels, so consider participating in the online trainings as a council work session. The myriad of issues facing cities is broad and constantly changing, meaning there is always something new to learn. Such is life in elected office!<br /> <br /> Waterloo Mayor Buck Clark

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