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GovLove is a podcast about the people, policies and profession of local government. From Mayors and City Managers to interns and everyone in between, we interview the people making a difference in their communities to learn about the great work being done at the local level. GovLove is brought to you by Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL).
 
If you are a local government enthusiast, looking for fresh conversations over a hot cup of morning coffee (or tea or while you’re driving, or walking the dog ... you do you) ... you are in the right place. Welcome to the Local Gov Café Podcast. Hosted by Susan Gardner and Ann Mitchell, this podcast is devoted to having conversations that matter. We’ll be covering the full menu of municipal topics. You’ll discover guests who bring insight and inspiration to the issues that drive and challeng ...
 
The Local Government Bulletin is a regular publication of the Dullah Omar Institute at the University of the Western Cape. The Bulletin publishes a variety of submissions from policy briefs, case summaries, summaries of legislation, commentaries and opinion pieces. They all relate to the law, policy and financial arrangements affecting local government. The emphasis is on local government in South Africa but articles on local government elsewhere on the African continent and on global issues ...
 
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Today on the Roundup, we’re getting close to knowing how many councillors have been elected to State Parliament; two more mayoral election results; Council CEOs in the news; Councils struggling to keep up with open space maintenance; Adelaide’s new Lord Mayor collapses at a Christmas function; and the NSW Government called on to stop bullying counc…
 
Better engaging residents. Warren Kagarise, Digital Engagement Manager for the King County, Washington, returned to the podcast to talk about engagement strategies in local government. He shared the pros and cons of working full-time remote, how local governments can better engage their residents, and what he hopes to accomplish on the ELGL Board o…
 
Could there be a better time to listen to our communities on how they want their politicians to behave? Especially when we’ve seen so many examples of just how bad things can go if we don’t set the right expectations. In this episode, we’re joined by Mayor Cheryl Christian, Regional Municipality of West St. Paul, offering an inside perspective on M…
 
Today, updates on how councillors are faring in counting for the Victorian upper house; new mayoral election results, and a long term mayor flags his departure; former Logan CEO Sharon Kelsey wins the right to appeal costs awarded against her; an inquiry into integrity at a Sydney Council; and a drastic plan to address financial sustainability in Q…
 
Today on the Roundup, current and former councillors elected to Victorian State Parliament; the latest Victorian mayoral election results; an advisor appointed to a Queensland council; Busselton appoints a new CEO; and the first local government ministers forum held under the new federal government. The Local Government News Roundup is brought to y…
 
Today on the Roundup, two Victorian councils taken to court; more mayoral election results; a NSW councillor’s position under a cloud after an assault conviction; a new councillor behavioural panel takes effect in South Australia; and the requirement for a by-election in WA described as bizarre. The Local Government News Roundup is brought to you b…
 
Today on the Local Government News Roundup, the latest mayoral election results from around Victoria; a likely challenge to the Adelaide Lord Mayor election result; the sudden passing of a Council General Manager; Tasmanian council election results hailed for an outstanding gender balance outcome; and much more news from around the world of local g…
 
Leading the largest council-manager government. Jeff Barton, City Manager for the City of Phoenix, Arizona, joined the podcast to talk about his first year on the job as a City Manager. He discussed his career path with the City, which began as an Auditor, and how he advanced in the organization. He also shared the work behind a City Manager's dash…
 
Today, a councillor suspended for two weeks for misconduct; the latest mayoral elections results from Victoria and election updates out of South Australia; compulsory voting leads to a huge increase in voter turnout in Tasmania. The Local Government News Roundup is brought to you by the Victorian Local Governance Association, the national broadcast…
 
Today on the Roundup, the by-election result at Northern Grampians; more details on Moira’s Commission of Inquiry; a host of mayoral election results from Victoria and South Australia; Hepburn makes a final decision on the Rex; rising concerns over the safety of e-bikes and scooters; and we talk about digital transformation in the local government …
 
Improving data-driven efforts. Three guests joined the podcast to discuss their research and insight into the advancement of data in local government. They shared their new definition of data-driven local government and the methodology of their research. Ruth Puttick is a Senior Policy Advisor for the Open Innovation Team. Lauren Su is the Director…
 
Today on the Roundup, councillor resignations and mayoral appointments; a controversial decision to close a Council facility in Warrnambool; Councils recognised with award wins; a public pool crisis looming requiring a multibillion dollar solution; a GM resigns; a WA council moving to a popularly elected mayoral model; and we talk about digital tra…
 
Today on the Local Government News Roundup, the latest mayoral election results from councils around Victoria; another council to exit aged care services; the battle for the northern suburbs in Qld’s Livingstone Shire is over; Kiama responds to proposed state government intervention; election results in Tasmania; and NZ Councils’ management of drin…
 
Books to Boardroom. Abigail Elder, City Manager for the City of Hood River, Oregon, joined the podcast to talk about her first year on the job as a City Manager. She detailed her career path in local government, which started as a librarian. She also shared what she is working on including affordable housing, improving infrastructure, and homelessn…
 
The Local Government News Roundup is back with regular updates from councils around the country. In this episode, we catch up on recent sector developments, including a Commission of Inquiry appointed at Moira Shire Council; CEO comings and goings from around the country; and the latest mayoral election results from Victoria. The Local Government N…
 
Local government reform is always a political hot potato - and the significant changes currently underway in New Brunswick are no exception. Join us for a deep dive on the process that is changing the face of communities across that province. Paul Lang, Executive Director, Kent Regional Services Commission gives us a behind-the-scenes look at how i…
 
Bigger than black and blue. Two guests joined the podcast to talk about how the City of Danville, Virginia has worked to reduce violent crime. Scott Booth, Chief of Police, and Robert David, Youth and Gang Violence Coordinator, discussed the challenges Danville faced when they came to the City, engaging with the community, and the reforms and initi…
 
On the Local Government News Roundup - October Series, Chris is joined by Allan Briggs, founder and owner of Crisis Shield; and Tom Crampton, MD and CEO of Trusted Impact. These days, it seems hardly a week goes by without news of an organisation getting caught up in a cyber security crisis or some other critical incident. In August of last year, S…
 
Two guests joined the podcast to talk about recruiting for local government. Hannah Lipman, the Assistant Village Manager for the Village of Tinley Park, IL, and Moses Amidei, Village Administrator for the Village of Forest Park, IL, discussed how they are working with the Illinois City County Manager Association to create marketing materials to pr…
 
As part of the October Series from the Local Government News Roundup, Chris Eddy speaks with safety change leader Mark Perrett about approaches to workplace safety and resilience in local government, and considerations as new legislative obligations come into effect. The Local Government News Roundup is brought to you by the Victorian Local Governa…
 
Today on the October Series from the Local Government News Roundup, the topic is elevating the digital capability of staff in a fast changing environment. Karen Twitchett is the Director of Workforce and Technology at Northern Beaches Council in New South Wales - and she is just one of the speakers lined up to present at the upcoming Local Governme…
 
Today’s topic on the Local Government News Roundup - October Series is changing public perceptions of local government. With many councils attracting attention and sometimes criticism for their involvement in social and political issues, a team of researchers is attempting to understand how Australians see the role of local government; and how that…
 
On the October Series from the Local Government News Roundup, Chris Eddy speaks with Canadian-based governance expert Ian McCormack about his new book, "The DNA of Great Leaders - Key attributes of great Mayors and board chairs." The book provides insights gained from interviews with leaders including mayors from Canada and one from Victoria, Austr…
 
Two guests joined the podcast to talk about a research paper in the State and Local Government Review that examined local government response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Dana Patton, an Associate Professor at the University of Alabama, and Joshua Pine, Program Manager of City Innovation and Data at the National League of Cities, discussed how the…
 
On the Local Government News Roundup - October Series, we hear from Justine Linley, Director Sustainable Development at Corangamite Shire in Victoria, about developing a true circular economy at the local level. Justine will be speaking at the Local Government Show 2022 in Sydney in November about the levers that can be used at the local level to m…
 
Local government guru George Cuff joins Ann and Susan in the Cafe! When things go off track in municipal governance (as they sometimes do), George is often called in to find out what's happened - and to advise on how to make it right. In this episode he shares tips on how to avoid getting "Cuffed”. Tune in as George outlines the key strategies muni…
 
On this episode of the Local Government News Roundup - October Series, the topic is councillor remuneration - and whether the level of remuneration acts as a barrier for improving the diversity of representation at the local level. Chris Eddy speaks with Tanya Jakimow, an Associate Professor at the Australian National University who has led a team …
 
Incremental steps to improvement. Rafael Baptista, Director of Strategy and Innovation for Buncombe County, North Carolina, joined the podcast to talk about the work of his team and how they support the County organization as internal consultants. He shared how they support the County's strategic plan, transparency efforts, and policy initiatives. …
 
25th September, episode 162 In this episode, a councillor’s social media remarks referred to the conduct registrar; a reduction in councillor numbers for Western Australia under new reforms; sensational corruption claims against a NSW Mayor to be investigated; and a NT council in the spotlight over claims of a toxic workplace culture. Just some of …
 
Sending the right response. Ryan Smith, Director of Community Safety for the City of Durham, North Carolina, joined the podcast to talk about a new approach to public safety. He shared why and how the Community Safety Department was formed. Ryan outlined all of the pilot programs they are currently testing and how they are developing a first respon…
 
Episode 161, 21st September 2022 In this episode, confirmation of a new railway station for Melbourne’s west; two councils celebrate wins in the Premier’s Sustainability Awards; a Victorian regional affordable housing summit announced; a Northern Territory mayor steps down after being charged with drug-related offences, and a former NSW mayor censu…
 
On the Roundup today, Moreland about to officially become Merri-bek; claims of a flawed business case strongly refuted by Indigo Shire Council; advocacy wins for Victorian councils; a Qld council stripped of its strategic planning role in housing; a string of CEO level announcements; and a SA council set to govern with just three members. Links to …
 
Advancing equity in government systems. Melodi Green, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for the City of Peoria, Illinois, joined the podcast to talk about diversity and inclusion. She shared her path to her current role and how her legal background guides her work today. Melodi shared her work on the Peoria Equity Accountability Program. She al…
 
In this episode of the Local Government News Roundup, a new CEO announced at Campaspe Shire; exciting infrastructure announcements from Victorian councils; a bold plan to fast track a council demerger in NSW; objections to a freeway widening plan in Sydney’s northwest; and a former Tasmanian mayor found guilty of misuse of office. Links to stories …
 
Kids need to know about local government too! To celebrate the start of the new school year, we gave the hosting duties to Mason Zeemering an 11-year-old in Athens, Georgia. Mason talked with Zach Navin, the Parks Supervisor for Waukesha County, Wisconsin all about managing parks and ice rinks. Zach shared his career background, how kids can learn …
 
Are more women entering or leaving politics? Today in the café, Susan and Ann are chatting with Taneen Rudyk, President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). Taneen talks about her ongoing role of councillor of the Town of Vegreville, Alberta and the challenges she has faced as a woman at the forefront of local government. Plus, a loo…
 
In this episode, Councils step up advocacy campaigns on local issues; more councils taking action on the housing crisis; councillors attracting criticism over public comments; South Australian mayors elected unopposed, while some fail to attract any mayoral nominations at all; sector reforms confirmed in WA; a new CEO announced for the City of Swan…
 
Two guests joined the podcast to talk about reducing litter and trash in waterways. Layne Marshall, a Biologist at the US Environmental Protection Agency's Trash Free Waters Program, and Julie Patton Lawson, Workforce Program Analyst for the DC City Government, joined the podcast to discuss a pilot study that used an education campaign to reduce tr…
 
Today on the Local Government News Roundup, Melbourne to push for a change of date for Australia Day; two more Victorian Councils going to market for a new CEO, and another gets a contract extension; a merger of two South Australian councils to be put to a plebiscite; the cost of councillor complaints revealed at Adelaide City Council; and the Euro…
 
Today on the Local Government News Roundup: A landmark collaboration announced between Barwon Water and four councils; the City of Melbourne may push for a change of date for Australia Day; another council to exit aged care services; local government represented at the federal jobs and skills summits; and senior executive appointment and resignatio…
 
Better biking, walking, and public transit. Victoria Barrett, Transportation Planner for the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, joined the podcast to talk about improving traffic and pedestrian safety. She shared how the inputs into roadway design affect non-vehicular traffic and the other approaches that can improve pedestrian safety. Victo…
 
Local Government News Roundup, 31st August 2022 Coming up in this edition: a Melbourne council considering its future as a kindergarten service provider; Victorian councils called on to do more about protection against second-hand smoke; another Queensland councillor charged with drink driving; and a long awaited review of the NSW rate peg confirme…
 
In this edition of the Local Government News Roundup, a peak body’s call for consistency in flood mapping in Victoria; senior executive news and new mayors elected; a NSW council demerger gets the go-ahead; and a former Council CEO jailed for 2 years. Plus much more from a busy week in local government news. You can find links to stories referenced…
 
From doer to leader. Eric Marsh, Assistant Town Manager of the Town of Rolesville, North Carolina, joined the podcast to talk about his work and career path. He discussed the transition into leadership and how he learned about his own leadership style. He also shared how he got to know the Rolesville organization and how the Town is managing growth…
 
24th August 2022 On the Roundup today: Controversial new governance rules passed in Yarra City; excitement over a potential new train station in Melbourne’s west; bin service changes at some Melbourne councils in the news; a NSW council’s financial troubles in the spotlight; and Devonport doubles down on a proposed council amalgamation. And why are…
 
21st August 2022: Coming up in this edition: a series of conduct complaints against a former Frankston mayor have been dismissed; Port Phillip decides against selling three early years centres; a coastal bid for the Commonwealth Games marathon; a move to get the conversation going again on constitutional recognition for local government; and much m…
 
Noah Marlier, Prothonotary for Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, joined the podcast to talk about what a Prothonotary does. Noah shared what being the elected civil clerk of the Court of Common Pleas means, the kind of procedures his office processes, and how he runs his office. He also shared how the pandemic affected operations within the office. …
 
Today on the Local Government News Roundup A new mayor elected at Northern Grampians after the passing of the former mayor; The new ED of Local Government Victoria announced; Councils campaign for the state to take over funding of school crossing supervisors; A notorious Tasmanian councillor suspended for three months; Election results from NSW, an…
 
In episode 150 of the Local Government News Roundup: Councils react after the Suburban Rail Loop East gets the green light from the government; The impact of councils exiting aged care services in the news; Victorian councils join the push for non-resident owners to help with the housing crisis; The councillor suing her own council; It was the week…
 
Being a liaison between local government and the community. Jessica VanderKolk, Communications Manager for the City of Battle Creek, Michigan, joined the podcast to talk about local government communications. She shared how staff can help share their stories with the community and highlight the work of their organization. She also talked about her …
 
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