Thursday, January 24

Session 1 will take place at the Texas Municipal Center-First Floor Conference Room, 1821 Rutherford Lane, Austin.

8:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 8:45 a.m.
Welcome
TCMA President Chris Coffman, City Manager, City of Granbury

8:45 – 9:15 a.m.
Making the Connection
Hear about networking opportunities, which are key elements to the city management profession.
Moderator: Kelly Kuenstler, City Manager, City of Leon Valley

9:15 – 10:15 a.m.
How Did We Get Here? A History of the City Management Profession
This session will address how the council-manager form of government evolved in the State of Texas.
Dan Johnson, City Manager, City of Richardson

10:00 – 10:15 a.m.
Break

10:15  – 11:00 a.m.

Basic Duties of a City Manager
Addresses ICMA Practices Groups 3 (Functional and Operational Expertise and Planning), 5 (Quality Assurance), 6 (Initiative, Risk Taking, Vision, Creativity, and Innovation), and 10 (Budgeting)
What does a day in the life of a city manager look like? In a nutshell, what are the essential responsibilities of a city manager?
Chris Coffman, City Manager, City of Granbury; and Kenneth Williams, City Manager, Buda

11:00 a.m. – Noon

How To Overcome Unconscious Bias in Decision Making
Addresses ICMA Practices Group 9 (Inclusion)
Description: This session discusses how to identify unconscious biases in the workplace and
strategies to overcoming them.
LaTonya J. Peagues, CEO, BOAZ Enterprises

Noon – 12:30 p.m
Lunch

12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
The Ethical Realities of Public Service
Addresses ICMA Practices Groups 5 (Quality Assurance), (Initiative, Risk Taking, Vision, Creativity, and Innovation), and 17 (Integrity)
What are the basic concepts of public sector ethics? What practical, specific procedures can you establish to help make ethics an integral part of your personal and organizational life? This session fulfills the ethics training requirement for new members.
Nick Finan, Executive Director of Management Services and City Secretary, City of Texas City; and Hugh Walker, Deputy City Manager, City of Bryan

2:30 – 2:45 p.m.
Break

2:45 p.m – 4:00 p.m.
The Fundamentals of Budgeting and Finance
Addresses ICMA Practices Groups 3 (Functional and Operational Expertise and Planning) and 10 (Budgeting)
How do you develop a fiscally-sound budget for your city? What policies and procedures can you adopt to help you maintain the stability of your organization’s finances?
Martie Simpson, Executive Director, Texas Government Finance Officers Association

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Roundtable Discussions with Area City Managers
Brenda Eivens, City Manager, City of Cedar Park; Brad Stafford, City Manager, City of Navasota

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