Build Your Skills Toolbox

Examples of policymaking as an elected official include:

  • Listening to diverse perspectives and building consensus.
  • Energizing a group for taking action.
  • Identifying priorities.
  • Harnessing relationships to bring about positive results.
  • Seeing the big picture.


Introducing New HR Policies

Human Resources
(651) 281-1200

Establishing New City Policies

Reach out to our research staff.

Get Involved with Setting Legislative Policy

Ted Bengtson, Intergovernmental Relations Administrative Coordinator
(651) 281-1242

Other Questions About Implementing New Policies

Luke Fischer, Executive Director
(651) 281-1279


The League’s website features several important resources for elected officials that you can explore as needed.

  • The Minnesota Mayors Handbook — a product of the Minnesota Mayors Association, in cooperation with the League — is a starting point for all you need to learn to be a successful mayor. It also sections on long-term planning and introducing new programs and initiatives.
  • Good Start to Good Governance (PDF) includes excerpts from League resources to help you start strong in your new role.
  • The HR Reference Manual provides extensive information on human resources in the public sector. It also includes chapters on personnel policies.



As a League member, you have access to a wide range of educational and networking opportunities. Find ones that work best for your schedule and learning style. Learn about ways to build relationships with other elected officials for support and networking. 

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