Professional Development Committee Current Minutes

TCMA Professional Development Committee

Conference Call April 4, 2014

Members participating in the committee meeting included:  Chair Mike Land, Deputy City Manager, Coppell; Vice Chair Susan Thorpe, Assistant City Manager, Corpus Christi; Pat Riley, Public Works Director, Levelland; Scott Sellers, City Manager, Kilgore; Chris Coffman, City Manager, Sealy; James Earp, Assistant City Manager, Kyle; Wes Pierson, Assistant City Manager, Corpus Christi; Noel Bernal, City Administrator, Falfurrias; Ben Brezina, Assistant to the City Manager, Frisco; Bill Funderburk, City Administrator, Hamilton; Charmelle Garrett, City Manager, Victoria; Jim Gray, City Manager, Ingleside; Shannon Mattingly, Director of Planning and Community Development, New Braunfels; Rick Menchaca, Investment Banker, BOSC, Inc.; Jason Reynolds, Development Operations Manager, Arlington; Cori Romashkina, Fiscal Project Analyst, North Centeral Texas COG; Philip Sanders, City Manager, Anna; Mindi Snyder, City Manager, El Campo; Brad Stafford, City Manager, Navasota; Paul Virgadamo, City Administrator, Conroe

TML staff: Kim Pendergraft

Mike Land called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m. and thanked the members for participating.

The Committee reviewed the surveys from the William “King” Cole I-Basics and the City Management Clinic. Mike will contact speakers regarding survey feedback. It was suggested that an opportunity to network be provided for the attendees at each session. TML staff will make reservations at a local restaurant. The moderator will be the key contact. Charmelle reported that her research indicates the current topics for the William “King” Cole Series meet the needs of the attendees. There are no recommended changes. The survey for the City Management Clinic suggests topics that provide practical application are well received.

Kim provided updates on the new coaching program. The Committee will provide names of seasoned city managers for the TCMA Annual Conference Koffee Klatch session. Names should be submitted to Kim by May 15. Speed Coaching will be discussed for future TCMA Annual Conferences. Cal-ICMA will be requesting suggested webinar coaching topics and speakers in October. The 2014-2015 Committee will include this on the planning agenda. Susan discussed Texas participating in the Cal-ICMA Coaches Gallery. She will provide a description of qualifications for potential Texas Coaches.

Scott gave a report on the Subcommittee for the TCMA Reception at the ICMA Annual Conference. On a motion by Scott and a second by Charmelle, the Committee recommends to the Board the sponsorship policy as presented.

The Committee discussed the rotation of the TCMA Regional Board Directors and Regional Presidents. The Committee stated that individuals typically move through their Regional Boards with the expectation that the Regional President become the TCMA Regional Board Director. Mike will consider further discussion at the Board level for any suggested changes at the Regional level.

TCMA Annual Conference:

  • On a motion by Susan and a second by James, the Committee recommends to the Board that the Annual Conference rotation be modified to include Central Texas, Galveston, and the Metroplex.
  • Mike will contact the City of Galveston Mayor and Interim City Manager to discuss their role at the 2014 Conference.
  • Kim will provide an updated sponsorship list.
  • The 2014-2015 Committee will discuss university representation at future conferences to include passing of brochures and receptions in conjunction with conference activities.

No action was taken on the Subcommittee for City to City University programs. Mike will carry this forward for the 2014-2015 year.

The Committee adjourned at 10:00 a.m.