TCMA Publications

City Government That Works: The History of Council-Manager Government in Texas

The Texas City Management Association (TCMA) and its Foundation are pleased to present this updated edition chronicling the history of the council-manager plan of local government in Texas. The first edition—written ten years earlier, by Terrell Blodgett, TCMA Distinguished member—now has provided an additional chapter on the history of the council-manager government in the City of El Paso. Additional updates include Appendix A and B, along with a more detailed index.   $35.00

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Complimentary Supplement to Select Appendices

TCMA Business Card Holder

This quality leather business card holder is embossed with the TCMA logo and is available to members. $12.00.

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Guidelines for Recruiting a City Manager

Selecting a city manager is one of the most important decisions made by a city council. Without an organized approach and strong, consistent leadership from the city council, the recruitment of a city manager can become a very negative experience with long-term consequences for the community. Importantly, all of those who have a legitimate interest in the selection of a new city manager can have that interest accommodated by an orderly and thorough recruitment process. This report discusses steps that should be followed, as a guideline, when recruiting and selecting a new city manager. Revised, 2002. 69 pages, spiral-bound; $10.00.

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Handbook for City Administrators in Smaller Texas Cities

The 4th edition of the Handbook for City Administrators in Smaller Texas Cities is a reference guide for those involved in city governments. For individuals who wish to further develop their understanding of local government issues, the Handbook provides a basic description of the workings of different city functions. Each chapter outlines an area of local government activity and provides valuable insight into the specific duties and responsibilities of the various city departments. A printed version of this Handbook is $25 for current TCMA members and $40 for non-TCMA members.

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Guidelines for Recruiting Key Management Personnel
This valuable book leads city officials step by step through the process of recruiting, selecting, and retaining department heads. 1986, 54 pages (softcover). $10.00/each – $20.00 for non-members.

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Analyzing Your City: An Orientation Plan for New City Managers (revised) (Including “The First One Hundred Steps for a New City Manager”)

Author: James Thurmond, with a special section by Davis Brinson
An indispensable tool for the novice City Manager and an essential refresher for the City Manager who is relocating. This book is newly revised and costs $10.00.

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Hiring and Recruitment Resource Materials