Session 1 Agenda

Wednesday, January 27

Session 1 will be a virtual event to take place over three half-days.

9:00 –9:05 a.m.
TCMA President Brad Stafford, City Manager, City of Navasota

9:05 –9:15 a.m.
Making the Connection
Hear about networking opportunities, which are key elements to the city management profession.
Moderator: Matthew Mueller, Town Manager, Town of Little Elm

9:15 –10:00 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.
Speaker: Dan Johnson, City Manager, City of Richardson

10:00–10:15 a.m.

10:15 –11:00 a.m.
Basic Duties of a City Manager 
Addresses ICMA Practices Groups 6 (Strategic Leadership); 7 (Strategic Planning); 8 (Policy Facilitation and Implementation); and 12 (Financial Management and 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?
Speakers: Brad Stafford, City Manager, City of Navasota; and Sereniah Breland, City Manager, City of Pflugerville

11:00 a.m. – Noon
How To Overcome Unconscious Bias in Decision Making
Addresses ICMA Practices Group 3 (Equity and Inclusion)
This session discusses how to identify unconscious biases in the workplace and strategies to overcoming them.
Speaker: Debbie Maynor, HR & Management Solutions

Moderator: Matthew Mueller, Town Manager, Town of Little Elm

thursday, january 28

9:00 –11:00 a.m.
The Ethical Realities of Public Service
Addresses ICMA Practices Group 1 (Personal and Professional 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 professional life? This session fulfills the ethics training requirement for new members.
Speakers: Nicholas Finan, Chair, TCMA Ethics Committee; and Paul Hofmann, Vice Chair, City Manager, City of Bastrop

11:00 –11:15 a.m.

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Public Safety Roundtable with City Managers
Addresses ICMA Practices Groups 2 (Community Engagement); 8 (Policy Facilitation and Implementation); and 9 (Community and Resident Service)
This session will cover the real-life stories of Texas cities and their recent histories navigating crucial conversations in public safety. Whether it's difficult collective bargaining agreements or community protests, hear how these city managers have managed through difficult situations.
Panelists: Erik Walsh, City Manager, City of San Antonio; and Scott Wayman, City Manager, City of Live Oak

12:15-12:45 p.m.

12:45-1:30 p.m.
Council, Manager, and Staff Relations
Addresses ICMA Practices Groups 4 (Staff Effectiveness); 6 (Strategic Leadership); and 14 (Communicating and Information Sharing)
How do city management professionals establish and maintain successful relationships and work effectively with the city council and city staff?
Speakers: "Buzz" Fullen, Mayor; and Jay Abercrombie, City Manager, City of Henderson

1:30 p.m.
Moderator: Matthew Mueller, Town Manager, Town of Little Elm

Friday, January 29

9:00–10:00 a.m.
The Fundamentals of Budgeting and Finance
Addresses ICMA Practices Group 12 (Financial Management and Budgeting)
How do you develop a fiscally-sound budget for your city? What policies and procedures can you adopt to help maintain the stability of your organization’s finances?
Speakers: Josh Selleck, City Manager, City of Kilgore; and Brant Gary, Interim City Manager, City of Bellaire

10:00- 11:00 a.m.
Municipal Law 101
Addresses ICMA Practices Groups 8 (Policy Facilitation and Implementation); and 13 (Human Resources Management and Workforce Engagement)
Which basic municipal laws must you be familiar with? Statutes covering such issues as open government, ethics, employment, and purchasing will be discussed.
Speakers: T. Daniel Santee and Clarissa Rodriguez, Denton Navarro Rocha Bernal & Zech, P.C.; and Amber McKeon-Mueller, Legal Counsel, Texas Municipal League

11:00-11:15 a.m.    
Tying it All Together
Moderator: Matthew Mueller, Town Manager, Town of Little Elm