Newly Elected Officials: 2017 Leadership Conference

Newly elected officials got off to a strong start in their city leadership role by attending Minnesota’s most comprehensive training opportunity available for newly elected city officials! In two days attendees:

  • Gained an understanding of legal responsibilities and finance fundamentals.
  • Learned what city councils can and cannot do.
  • Learned how to avoid common missteps, pitfalls, and negative press.
  • Found out about resources to use that will help you make sound decisions.
  • Gained insights on how to work effectively with constituents, staff, and colleagues.

The Big Picture: Your Role as a City Leader
Featured speaker Kathleen Novak brought an inspiring 20,000-foot view on your responsibilities as a new city official. Attendees gained insights into the dynamic tensions of public office, and learned how to both persuade and collaborate with others to get extraordinary things done for the city.

What City Councils Can and Cannot Do
Attendees learned how city officials are both empowered and limited by law in their responsibilities. In this nuts-and-bolts session, delegates attained a better understanding of a city council’s capabilities and limitations.

Finance Fundamentals
Attendees got steady on their financial feet as they learned the “nuts and bolts” of city finance and their role in the budget process. Delegates identified key issues and risks, and were able to learn to use their city budgeting toolkit to meet the city’s goals.

Making Decisions That are Legal, Ethical and Transparent
Explore the ethical responsibilities and legal realities of public office. Learn about the open meeting law, data practices, conflict of interest, the Minnesota gift law, and personal liability—and how to avoid legal landmines and negative perceptions that could get you and your city in trouble.

Creating More Collaborative Councils
Attendees discovered how better communication, effective meeting management, and authentic and inclusive public engagement can help you successfully lead your city.

Additional handout
Handout: A Survival Guide for Newly Elected Officials (pdf)
(Article from the Arkansas Municipal League’s City & Town magazine)