GovLove - A Podcast About Local Government

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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).

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#359 Local Matters with Janice Allen Jackson

Public service and voter education. Janice Allen Jackson, Principal at Janice Allen Jackson & Associates and Host of Local Matters, joined the podcast to talk about her career path in local government and her current efforts to engage and educate voters through her podcast. She discussed how the conversation about defunding police should shift to interdisciplinary public safety. Janice also shared stories from her time leading the cities of Albany and Augusta, Georgia.

Host: Ben Kittelson

Jul 10, 2020
#358 Encouraging Entrepreneurship with Mark Stodola, Kauffman Mayors Council

Thinking outside the box about economic development. Mark Stodola, former Mayor of Little Rock, Arkansas and attorney, jointed the podcast to talk about the work of the Kauffman Mayors' Council and the importance of entrepreneurship. He talked about his work as Mayor including his time as President of the National League of Cities (NLC). He also discussed the work of the Kauffman Foundation to support small businesses.   

This interview is part of a four part series with the Kauffman Mayors' Council. The Mayors' Council harnesses the knowledge and experience of former mayors to support cities across the county in efforts to build equitable community wealth.

Host: Alyssa Dinberg

Jul 07, 2020
#357 Race and Equity in Minneapolis with Joy Marsh Stephens

Planning for a stronger, more equitable Minneapolis. Joy Marsh Stephens, the Director of the Division of Race & Equity for the City of Minneapolis, Minnesota, joined the podcast to talk about the work her team is doing to advance racial equity and the current moment of activism around structural racism. She discussed the City's Strategic and Racial Equity Action Plan and the policies the City is pursuing to address racial equity. She also talked about the importance of cultural change and capacity building. 

Host: Ben Kittelson

Jul 03, 2020
#356 US Digital Response and COVID-19 with Raylene Yung

Support for crisis response. Raylene Yung, the Co-Founder and CEO of US Digital Response, joined the podcast to talk about how they are connecting technologists to work with governments in responding to the COVID-19 crisis. These volunteers with experience in software and technology help governments find creative ways to deliver services and operate during the pandemic. She shared examples of their work and how to work with US Digital Response.

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Jun 30, 2020
#355 Innovation & Combating Poverty in Rochester, NY with Henry Fitts and Kate May

Understanding the drivers of poverty. Two members of the Office of Innovation and Strategic Initiatives joined the podcast to talk about their work addressing poverty and working with departments to use data. Henry Fitts is the Grant Management and Research Coordinator and former Director of Innovation and Kate May is the City's Chief Performance Officer. They discussed the City's work in helping residents find employment and testing a micro loan program for entrepreneurs.

Host: Ben Kittelson

Jun 26, 2020
#354 Planning and Engagement with Christian Williams, Goodyear, AZ

Making the career leap. Christian Williams, Planner for the City of Goodyear, Arizona, joined the podcast to talk about his recent career change to working in planning and his career path in local government. He shared how the City is engaging residents in the planning process and encouraging people to participate. Christian also discussed his recent post about his experience as a Black person and being vulnerable in sharing his stories.

Host: Ben Kittelson

Jun 23, 2020
#353 Leadership in Times of Crisis - The Drucker Playbook

Don't be clever, be conscientious. Lawrence Greenspun, Director of Public Sector Engagement for the Drucker Institute, and Tanya Ange, Deputy City Manager of Boulder, Colorado, joined the podcast to talk about leadership in times of crisis and the new Drucker Playbook for the Public Sector. Lawrence shared the story of Peter Drucker and the principles of leadership that inform their training and approach. Tanya discussed how the City of Boulder is using the Drucker Playbook to train staff and develop leaders.

Host: Alyssa Dinberg

Jun 19, 2020
#352 Passion and Public Works with Joey Garcia, Torrance, CA

Keeping the fire lit. Joey Garcia, Senior Administrative Analyst for the City of Torrance, California, joined the podcast to talk about his career path and public works. He shared his experience finding that first job in local government, what he's learned from working in public works, and the impact of COVID-19 on their operations. Joey also discussed culture change and finding your passion.

Host: Ben Kittelson

Jun 16, 2020
#351 Reopening and COVID-19 Testing with Sean Knierim, SidePorch

Creating a culture of health. Sean Knierim, the Co-Founder of SidePorch, joined the podcast to talk about resources for communities in reopening after COVID-19 shutdowns and expanding testing capacity. He talked about the need to be adaptive and flexible in procurement as well as being ready to scale small actions. 

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Jun 12, 2020
#350 The Experience of Black Social Media Managers with Christina Roach and Victor Henderson

"Y’all, I’m hurt." Christina Roach, Digital Content Officer for the City of Dallas, Texas, and Victor Henderson, Communications Specialist for the North Central Texas Council of Governments, joined the podcast to talk about what it's like working in communications right now. They shared what they deal with as black government social media managers and managing social feeds with nonstop reminders of unjust and lethal treatment of people of color. They discussed how coworkers can be supportive and what led them to share their experience in a post to other government communicators. 

Host: Kirsten Wyatt 

Jun 05, 2020
#349 Creating a 21st Century Government with Rick Cole

Do more of what works and less of what doesn't. Rick Cole, long time public servant and former City Manager of Santa Monica, California, joined the podcast to talk about his vision for how government needs to change to meet the new challenges it faces. He shared lessons on leadership and how to shift government from providing legacy services to solving problems. He also discussed his career path and departure from Santa Monica.

Host: Ben Kittelson

May 29, 2020
#348 Parks & Recreation During COVID-19 with Alison Rhodes, Boulder, CO

Thinking creatively about being mission critical. Alison Rhodes, the Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Boulder, Colorado, joined the podcast to talk about operating during COVID-19.  She shared how the pandemic has affected the work of her department and what they are doing to creatively offer services. Alison also talked about her career path and how she sees the parks profession changing after the pandemic.

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

May 22, 2020
#347 Building Strong Towns with Chuck Marohn

A bottom-up revolution. Chuck Marohn, the Founder and President of Strong Towns, joined the podcast to discuss about his new book and the work he is doing to shape the conversation about development in cities. He shared what led him to leave the engineering and planning field to start Strong Towns and his new book, Strong Towns, A Bottom-Up Revolution to Rebuild American Prosperity. He talked about how the way America has built cities since World War II has led to developments that do not generate enough tax revenue to pay for their infrastructure. He also shared the ways that local governments can change their approach and create stronger communities.

Host: Ben Kittelson

May 15, 2020
#346 Smart Cities & Government Technology with Jonathan Reichental

Smart cities for dummies. Jonathan Reichental, is the CEO of Human Future, author, and former Chief Information Officer of Palo Alto, CA. He joined the podcast to talk about the role of government technology and his view on what makes a smart city. He also shared what he thinks the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on government technology will be and how organizations will change. Jonathan discussed a book on smart cities that he is writing and a new training for public sector leaders. 

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

May 12, 2020
#345 Addressing Equity During COVID-19 with Shannon Hardin, Columbus, OH

If it's not for all, it's not for us. Shannon Harding, the Council President for the City of Columbus, Ohio, joined the podcast to talk about how the City is responding to COVID-19 and the policy responses they are pursuing. He discussed the disparate impacts of the pandemic on marginalized communities and how they are bringing equity into the response, from providing a hotel for homeless community members to supporting black businesses. Shannon also shared his career path into public service.

Host: Alyssa Dinberg

May 08, 2020
#344 Human Resources Response to COVID-19 with Greg Preece and Matt Hartleib

From preparation to reopening. Greg Preece, Human Resources Manager in Oakland, California, and Matt Hartleib, Human Resources Manager in La Porte, Texas, joined the podcast to talk about how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted their organizations. They shared how each human resources office prepared and managed the crisis, as well as the unique leave and telework dynamics of their organizations. They also discussed the planning process for reopening each workplace as states begin to relax stay at home orders.

Host: Ben Kittelson

May 05, 2020
#343 Running for Office During COVID-19 with Josh Schoemann, Washington County, WI

Becoming an elected official during a pandemic. Josh Schoemann, the County Executive of Washington County, Wisconsin, joined the podcast to talk about running for office and leading a County during the COVID-19 outbreak. The form of government changed from an appointed County Administrator to an elected County Executive, and Josh chose to run for office to keep his position leading the County. He talked about the experience of running for office and how they are navigating reopening after the shutdown.

Host: Kent Wyatt

May 01, 2020
#342 Library Operations During COVID-19 with Jamie Eustace, Baytown, TX

Curbside pickup to digital story time. Jamie Eustace, the Library Director for the City of Baytown, Texas, joined the podcast to talk about how running the library has changed during the COVID-19 pandemic. She shared how staff have found creative ways to continue serving library patrons and how operations will change once they are allowed to open the library again.

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Apr 28, 2020
#341 Budgeting During COVID-19 with Gregory Patrick, Norfolk, VA

Strategic planning and managing resources during a crisis. Gregory Patrick, the Budget Director for the City of Norfolk, Virginia, joined the podcast to talk about how his office is putting together an annual budget during COVID-19. He shared how their process has changed and what the financial impacts of the crisis may be. Gregory also talked about budget engagement and his department's telework policy, which was in place before the pandemic and allowed their office to keep talented employees. 

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Apr 24, 2020
#340 Utility Operations & COVID-19 with Todd Danielson, Avon Lake Regional Water

Providing water and wastewater during a pandemic. Todd Danielson, Chief Utilities Executive of Avon Lake Regional Water, joined the podcast to talk about how COVID-19 is impacting utility operations. He shared how they have changed shift schedules to protect staff and adjusted their billing to aid customers. Todd also talked about working with the Ohio EPA and how they have adjusted their planned capital projects.

Host: Ben Kittelson

Apr 17, 2020
#339 Policy and Management Response to COVID-19 with Blaine Williams, Athens-Clarke County, GA

From economic resiliency to teleworking. Blaine Williams, the Manager of Athens-Clarke County, Georgia, joined the podcast to talk about how his organization has been responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. He discussed preparation, issuing a stay at home order, and coordinating with the State of Georgia. He also talked about working with the Mayor and Commission in the response and enforcing social distancing guidelines through education.

Host: Ben Kittelson

Apr 10, 2020
#338 Census 2020 in an Age of COVID-19 with Lorena Molina

Outreach and operations during a pandemic. Lorena Molina, the Director of Operations for the Census Open Innovation Labs, joined the podcast to give an update on how Census 2020 is being impacted by COVID-19. She also shared outreach tools and the value of continuing to share the importance of completing the Census during this time of uncertainty.

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Apr 07, 2020
#337 Remote Public Meetings & COVID-19 with Lindsay Lara, San Rafael, CA

From public comment to live broadcasting. Lindsay Lara, the City Clerk for the City of San Rafael, California, joined the podcast to discuss how the City Clerk and Digital Services teams set up public meetings in an age of social distancing. She talked about the changes to public meetings rules in California and how residents of San Rafael are still able to participate through YouTube comments.

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Apr 03, 2020
#336 Digital Communications and COVID-19 Response in King County, WA

Strategy and public health information. Warren Kagarise, Digital Engagement Manager, and Colette Cosner, Public Health Digital Lead, from King County, Washington joined the podcast to talk about communicating during COVID-19. King County has been one of the epicenters of the outbreak and has been dealing with cases since February. They shared their tips for communication strategy, keeping residents informed, and self-care in a time of pandemic.

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Mar 27, 2020
#335 Public Health & COVID-19 Response with Sarah Martin, mySidewalk

Data science for public service. Sarah Martin, the Vice President of Health Solutions for mySidewalk and former Deputy Director of the Kansas City Health Department, joined the podcast to talk about the role of public health and responding to disease. She talked about the policy role of public health departments and how they are responding to COVID-19. Sarah also discussed her work for mySidewalk and shared the resources for local governments they are providing in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Host: Ben Kittelson

Mar 20, 2020
#334 Fiscally Sustainable Planning with Kevin Shepherd and AJ Fawver

Changing how communities are built. Two people joined the podcast from Verdunity, a planning, engineering, and engagement firm focused on fiscal sustainability. Kevin Shepherd, the Founder and CEO, and AJ Fawver, Program Leader, talked about the mission of Verdunity, how cities can build better places, and the cost of maintaining infrastructure. 

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Mar 13, 2020
#333 Engagement, Arts, and Cities with Lynn Osgood, Civic Arts

Intersection of community development and arts. Lynn Osgood, the Executive Director of Civic Arts Austin, joined the podcast to talk about bringing arts and culture into the way cities are built. She discussed some example projects of how artists have helped communities with visioning and design. 

This is part of ELGL's Creative Community, a partnership with ArtPlace America and Civic Arts to write, explore, share, and learn about creative placemaking.

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Mar 10, 2020
#332 Building Inclusive Communities with Juan Carlos Gonzalez, Oregon Metro

It does not happen by accident. Councilor Juan Carlos Gonzalez from Oregon Metro, the regional government for the Portland, Oregon area, joined the podcast to talk about his choice to run for office and how to build inclusive communities. He talked about engaging with residents to ensure local government meets their needs and a ballot measure for dealing with homelessness. Councilor Gonzalez also discussed how Metro is working on transportation and affordable housing.

Host: Kent Wyatt

Mar 06, 2020
#331 Local Politics is the Best Politics with Professor Emily Farris

The best of American politics. Emily Farris, Associate Professor of Politics at Texas Christian University, joined the podcast to talk about teaching local politics. She shared how she includes local government in her courses and gets students to learn about what's going on in Fort Worth, Texas. Professor Farris also shared her career path and what influenced her to study this field. 

Host: Kent Wyatt

Feb 28, 2020
#330 Performance Auditing to Kansas City Mayor with Mark Funkhouser

Creating good government and fiscal sustainability. Mark Funkhouser, President of Funkhouser & Associates, joined the podcast to talk about his career as an auditor, running for Kansas City Mayor, and more. He talked about navigating the Great Recession as Mayor and the importance of an independent auditor. He also shared his career path into public service and his time as Publisher of Governing Magazine.

Host: Javon Davis

Feb 25, 2020
#329 Advocating for Public Records with Ginger McCall

Improving transparency in government. Ginger McCall, the former Oregon Public Records Advocate, joined the podcast to talk about her time in the State of Oregon and the importance of providing transparency to the public. She discussed the events that led to her resignation and keeping the public records advocate independent. Ginger also shared best practices for providing public records and how local governments can meet the needs of requesters. 

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Feb 21, 2020
#328 State Chief Data Officers Network with Tyler Kleykamp

Connecting leaders to improve policy and service delivery. Tyler Kleykamp, the Director of the State Chief Data Officers Network at the Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation at Georgetown University, joined the podcast to talk about how data can be used to inform policy decisions. He shared how he supports Chief Data Officers across the country and the skills needed to become a Chief Data Officer. Tyler also shared his career path, which included being the first Chief Data Officer for the State of Connecticut. 

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Feb 18, 2020
#327 Leadership and FireStat with Chief Reginald Freeman, Hartford, CT

Data and fire service. Chief Reginald Freeman of the Hartford, Connecticut Fire Department joined the podcast to talk about his department's FireStat program and change management. Chief Freeman discussed how they monitor and evaluate performance measures, engaging with fire fighters, and his philosophy on leadership. He also discussed his career path into the fire service, including time in the military. 

Host: Ben Kittelson

Feb 14, 2020
#326 Creative Placemaking in Local Government with Lyz Crane

Using arts and culture to shape communities. Lyz Crane, the Deputy Director of Artplace America, joined the podcast to talk about the work strengthening the field of creative placemaking, which is about integrating arts into community planning and development. She gave examples of how communities can integrate artists in local government including using artists to improve engagement. Lyz also announced a new Creative Community partnership with ELGL around highlighting these local government stories. 

Host: Kirsten Wyatt 

Feb 11, 2020
#325 Putting People First in Birmingham, AL with Ed Fields

Engagement from campaigning to governing. Ed Fields, Senior Advisor and Chief Strategist for the City of Birmingham, Alabama, joined the podcast to talk about how they engage residents in the work of local government. He also discussed transitioning a new mayoral administration and how he works to drive Mayor Woodfin's agenda. 

Host: Ben Kittelson

Feb 07, 2020
#324 Reducing Evictions in Newark, NJ with Khabirah Myers

Equitable growth and reducing displacement. Khabirah Myers, the Coordinator for the Office of Tenant Legal Services, joined the podcast to talk about her work aiding renters in the City of Newark.The City created an Office where residents facing eviction can turn for resources and even legal representation. Khabirah talked about the eviction issue in Newark, how her Office is working to combat the problem, and how reducing evictions is part of an equitable growth strategy.

Host: Ben Kittelson

Jan 31, 2020
#323 Mobility and Infrastructure in Pittsburgh, PA with Karina Ricks

Economic development through transportation. Karina Ricks, the Director of the Mobility and Infrastructure Department in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, joined the podcast to talk about how Pittsburgh is working with transportation companies in a collaborative way and how her department emphasizes mobility. She also shared details of the City's new Bike Plan and her career path into local government. 

Host: Ben Kittelson

Jan 24, 2020
#322 Enhancing Public Services with the Fellowship

Improving access to city programs online. Erin Hattersley, Manager at, and Maegen Fisher, Program Manager Fellow, joined the podcast to talk about how Google is partnering with the City of Boulder, Colorado and the goals of the Fellowship Program. launched the Fellowship Program to bring small teams of Google employees into nonprofits and local governments to provide six months of pro bono work. Fellows use their technical expertise in product management, software engineering and UX design. 

Host: Alyssa Dinberg

Jan 17, 2020
#321 Trends in Human Resources with Kylie Bayer, McMinnville, OR

Human Resources as a strategic partner. Kylie Bayer, the Human Resources Manager for the City of McMinnville, Oregon, joined the podcast to share the issues and trends that she sees affecting the human resources industry in local government. From pay equity to sabbaticals, and why City Managers should bring HR to the executive leadership team. Kylie also gave a preview of #ELGL20, ELGL's Annual Conference in Portland this May.

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Jan 10, 2020
#320 Technology & Public Safety with Matt Polega, Mark43

Cloud-based first responder dispatch. Matt Polega, the Co-Founder and Head of Marketing at Mark43, joined the podcast to talk about how technology can improve public safety. He discussed the importance of computer aided dispatch and the flexibility that being cloud-based provides. Mark also talked about how public safety agencies can work better together and what he would change about the procurement process.

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Jan 03, 2020
#319 The GovieLovies - Best Episodes of 2019

The year in review. Four of the regular GovLove hosts teamed up to hand out awards and recap the fourth year of a podcast about local government. Kirsten, Alyssa, Javon, and Ben all selected five of their favorite episodes to honor with the most prestigious award in local government podcasting, a GovieLovie. The hosts also shared their favorite holiday desserts and what they are looking forward to in 2020.

Hosts: Kirsten Wyatt, Ben Kittelson, Alyssa Dinberg, & Javon Davis

The Picks


  1. Leadership & Scenario Planning with Matt Finch
  2. Near the Top Report with Leisha Dehart-Davis & Kimberly Nelson
  3. Civic Innovation & Tech in Toronto with Paula Kwan
  4. Family Ties in Charleston, SC with Former Mayor Joe Riley & Citibot's Bratton Riley
  5. Open Government & Innovation at Guilford County, NC with Jason Jones


  1. Chief Innovators Studio at CityLab DC
  2. Tackling Blight & Innovation with Terrance Smith, Mobile, AL
  3. Rethinking the Library in Hillsboro, OR with Stephanie Chase & Hillary Ostlund
  4. Starting as a City Manager & Unique Local Governments with Martha Bennett
  5. Communicator to Candidate in Appleton, WI with Chad Doran


  1. CivicPride with Pam Davis, Boulder, CO
  2. Politics & Administration Career Paths with Sarah Moss
  3. Legal Challenges to Parking Enforcement with Shawnte Raines & Matthew Dicianni
  4. Policing & Drones with Chief Gary Jenkins, Pullman, WA
  5. Community Healing with Melissa Glaser


  1. A Taste of Tennessee: Hot Chicken & Local Government
  2. Operationalizing Racial Equity in Austin, TX with Brion Oaks
  3. Life Coaching with Meredith Hauck, Merriam, KS
  4. Childcare for Public Meetings with Politisit
  5. Priority Based Budgeting with Chris Fabian, ResourceX
Dec 27, 2019
#318 Thinking Like a Designer with Patrick McDonnell

Urbanist, Designer and Technologist. Patrick McDonnell joined the podcast to talk about his career path, which started in urban planning, to serving on Innovation Teams in Austin, Texas and Anchorage, Alaska. He talked about the role of a designer, skills that local government needs and the importance of user experience. Patrick also shared some of the projects he worked on like improving access to food stamps in Anchorage.

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Dec 20, 2019
#317 Childcare for Public Meetings with Politisit

Engaging families in civic activities. Rachel Sowray, the Founder of Politisit, joined the podcast to talk about encouraging parents to participate in public meetings. Politisit reimburses parents and other caregivers for child care costs while they attend meetings and activities. Rachel also talked about her time as a Federal Prosecutor in Oregon and what inspired her to start Politisit.

Host: Kirsten Wyatt 

Dec 13, 2019
#316 Communicator Turned Candidate in Appleton, WI with Chad Doran

Running for office as a city employee. Chad Doran, the Communications Coordinator for Appleton, Wisconsin, joined the podcast to talk about his decision to run for Mayor. He discussed why he thinks his current role has prepared him to be Mayor and what he wants to do once he's in office. Chad also shared his accomplishments as spokesman for the City and how he has to work with every department in Appleton.

Host: Kent Wyatt

Dec 06, 2019
#315 University Partnerships in Grand Forks, ND with Todd Feland

Public works to city management. Todd Feland, the City Administrator for Grand Forks, North Dakota, joined the podcast to talk about partnering on projects with the University of North Dakota and the impact of the college on the city. He also shared his career path into local government, which started in public works. 

This episode was recorded from the 2019 ICMA Conference in Nashville, TN.

Host: Alyssa Dinberg

Dec 03, 2019
#314 Health & Human Services in Houston, TX with Stephen Williams

Working to protect the health and social well-being of Houstonians. Stephen Williams, the Director of the Health Department in Houston, Texas, joined the podcast to talk about the role of the health departments in the local government landscape and the services they provide in Houston, like their See to Succeed initiative. He shared how they work toward health equity and the root causes of health problems. Stephen also talked about the Health Department's role in responding to natural disasters. 

Host: Ben Kittelson

Nov 29, 2019
#313 Short Term Rental Policy with Philip Minardi, Expedia Group

Building a responsible vacation rental market. Philip Minardi, the Director of Policy Communications at Expedia Group, joined the podcast to talk about the short term rental industry and local policy regulating the vacation rental market. He shared what cities are doing it well, setting responsible limits and building a policy that ensures compliance and even collects taxes. 

Host: Alyssa Dinberg

Nov 27, 2019
#312 Green Initiatives and Employee Engagement in King County, WA with Dow Constantine

Making sure residents have the opportunity to thrive. Dow Constantine, the Executive of King County, Washington, shares his path to public service and the work King County has done to be an employer of choice. He also shared the initiatives they have undertaken to address the challenges of climate change and his love of the Seattle music scene. 

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Nov 22, 2019
#311 Managing Lewes, DE with Ann Marie Townshend

First Town in the First State. Ann Marie Townshend, the City Manager of Lewes, Delaware, joined the podcast to talk about her career path and what it's like to manage the oldest community in Delaware. She talked about how she started her career in planning and what it took to get the experience she needed to take the step to become a City Manager.

This episode was recorded from the 2019 ICMA Conference in Nashville, TN.

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Nov 15, 2019
#310 Life Coaching with Meredith Hauck, Merriam, KS

Moving forward with confidence and clarity. Meredith Hauck, Assistant City Administrator in Merriam, Kansas, joined the podcast to talk about her side work as life coach. She shared her approach to leadership, self care and positive energy. She also talked about her career in local government and advice for communicating with people in the workplace.

This episode was recorded from the 2019 ICMA Conference in Nashville, TN.

Host: Alyssa Dinberg

Nov 12, 2019
#309 Chief Innovators Studio at CityLab DC

Celebrating municipal innovation from California to Israel. Brent Stockwell and Amanda Daflos took over GovLove from the CityLab gathering in Washington, DC to talk innovation with four different guests. Beth Blauer is the Executive Director of GovEx at Johns Hopkins University (4:10). Tracy Colunga is the Chief Innovation Officer in Long Beach, CA (29:10). Itai Eiges is the Director of a new initiative called Hazira that will support innovation teams in Israel (51:50). Jason Reisdorfer is Director of Innovation & Technology for Sioux Falls, SD (77:30).

This episode was recorded from the Chief Innovators Studio at 2019 CityLab in Washington, DC.

Hosts: Brent Stockwell & Amanda Daflos

Nov 08, 2019
#308 Hiring a City Manager with Mayor Rick Rogers, Newberg, OR

Behind the scenes of recruiting a City Manager. Mayor Rick Rogers from the City of Newberg, Oregon joined the podcast to talk about how they are approaching hiring a new City Manager. He describes the community and what the City Council is looking for in a new manager. Mayor Rogers also shared his path into public service.

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Nov 05, 2019
#307 Starting as a City Manager & Unique Local Governments with Martha Bennett

Transitioning into a new leadership role. Martha Bennett, the City Manager of Lake Oswego, Oregon, joined the podcast to talk about her first two months on the job. She also talked about her time leading two unique local government agencies Metro, a regional government for the Portland area, and the Columbia River Gorge Commission.

Host: Ben Kittelson

Nov 01, 2019
#306 A Taste of Tennessee: Hot Chicken & Local Government

Career advice, elected office and transportation all with a side of hot chicken. Four guests come on the podcast to talk about local government in the State of Tennessee and share a meal of Nashville Hot Chicken with GovLove. Eric Stuckey is the City Administrator of Franklin, TN. Brenda Wynn is the County Clerk for Davidson County, TN. Bill Purcell served as the Mayor of Nashville from 1999 to 2007. Felix Castrodad is the Director of Planning & Grants for the Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority.

This episode was recorded live from the 2019 ICMA Conference in Nashville, Tennessee.

Hosts: Alyssa Dinberg & Kirsten Wyatt

Oct 29, 2019
#305 Shared Services & Consolidation with Ed Henschel

Delivering services in a better, faster, and more efficient way. Author Ed Henschel joined the podcast to talk about his career in local government and his new book, which is a practical guide to municipal service consolidation. Ed describes the different types of consolidation and shared service delivery, real world examples and his experience with navigating consolidation. 

Book: Municipal Shared Service and Consolidation Handbook

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Oct 25, 2019
#304 Healthy Democracy with Linn Davis

Tackling tough policy questions with citizens. Linn Davis from Healthy Democracy joined the podcast to talk about the work of Healthy Democracy and how they use citizen juries to inform decisions. He also shared how they have worked with local governments like Milwaukie, Oregon to engage citizens on the decision on what to pay elected officials.

Host: Alyssa Davis

Oct 18, 2019
#303 Quality & Performance in El Paso, TX with Tommy Gonzalez

Managing an international city. Tommy Gonzalez, the City Manager of El Paso, Texas, joined the podcast for a wide ranging interview. He talked about his career path, which started with 22 years in the US Army, how he revamped the El Paso budget process and the complexities of running a community on the border. He also shared how he has supported process improvement and what it took to win quality awards at two different organizations.

Host: Ben Kittelson

Oct 11, 2019
#302 Communication & Measuring Resident Opinion

Reliable insights for policy makers. Two guests join the podcast to talk about best practices in local government communications, using social media and finding better ways to measure resident opinion. Lisa Holder is the Communications Officer for the City of Sanford, Florida and shared her approach to keeping residents informed. Rachel Rembrandt the Head of Customer Success for ZenCity shared how their platform uses artificial intelligence and data from different social media platforms to gather insights for policy makers. 

Host: Javon Davis

Oct 08, 2019
#301 Civic Innovation & Tech in Toronto with Paula Kwan

Tackling complex challenges affecting Toronto residents. Paula Kwan the Director of the Civic Innovation Office for the City of Toronto joined the podcast to talk about leading an Innovation Team and driving culture change in an organization. Paula discussed her career path, which started in Toronto's technology sector, and working on issues like translation for residents that speak many languages. 

Host: Ben Kittelson

Oct 04, 2019
#300 Data-Driven Approach to the 2020 Census with Civis Analytics

Democratizing data science. Two members of the Civis Analytics team join the podcast to talk about their work and engaging with local governments around Census 2020. Mo Cheeks is a Sr. Business Development Manager, and former Madison, WI Council Member, and Christopher Dick is the Managing Director of Civis Analytics. They talked about using data in a Census outreach campaign.

Host: Kent Wyatt

Sep 27, 2019
#299 The All-American Cities Award with Rebecca Trout

Recognizing communities for civic engagement, collaboration, inclusiveness and innovation. Rebecca Trout, the Program Director of the All-America City Award & Membership, joined the podcast to talk about the National Civic League's work. She shared the history of the All-America City Award and stories from some of the communities they have recognized.

Host: Javon Davis

Sep 24, 2019
#298 Priority Based Budgeting with Chris Fabian, ResourceX

Reinventing fiscal analytics. Chris Fabian, the Co-Founder of ResourceX, joined the podcast to talk about his work with local governments and improving how they prioritize the services they provide. Chris shared why ResourceX was started and examples from communities doing priority based budgeting. He also talked about government as a platform and starting a city from scratch on the moon.

Host: Alyssa Dinberg

Sep 20, 2019
#297 Economic Development & Data with Dr. Eric Trevan

Data equity and local solutions. Dr. Eric Trevan, public administration faculty at Evergreen State College, joined the podcast to talk about economic development and analytics. He talked about his career path, which included time in local government and leading an economic development agencies, as well as the perspective of Native American communities. 

Host: Javon Davis

Sep 17, 2019
#296 A Librarian's Guide to Homelessness with Ryan Dowd

An empathy-driven approach to solving problems and serving everyone. Ryan Dowd the Executive Director of Hesed House, a homeless shelter in Aurora, Illinois joined the podcast to talk about serving people experiencing homelessness. Ryan talked about his book, A Librarian's Guide to Homelessness, and his training for libraries on how to work with challenging homeless patrons. He also dispelled myths around homelessness and discussed different policy approaches. 

Host: Kent Wyatt

Sep 13, 2019
#295 Effective Local Outreach with Perla Ni, Census Outreach Project

Using mobile messaging to connect with hard-to-count populations. Perla Ni is the Founder and CEO of CommunityConnect Labs, the Census Outreach Project, and GreatNonprofits. She joined the podcast to talk about how local governments can reach all of their residents for the upcoming census. She shared how it's important to meet people where they are and how the Census Outreach Project can help.

Host: Javon Davis

Sep 10, 2019
#294 Operationalizing Racial Equity in Austin, TX with Brion Oaks

Building and sustaining a culture of equity. Brion Oaks, the Chief Equity Officer for the City of Austin, Texas, joined the podcast to talk about how they make racial equity actionable. He shared how they work to create a shared understanding around the history of segregation and discrimination in Austin and how old policies still impact the city today. Plus he described how the equity office works with departments to examine what they do with a racial equity lens and include that value in their work and budgets.

Host: Ben Kittelson

Sep 06, 2019
#293 Shoreline Management & Beach Renourishment in North Carolina

Managing beaches in an era of climate change. Two guests joined the podcast to discuss shoreline management at the local level. First, Dr. Robert Young from the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines discussed a recent report that they published which did a cost-benefit analysis of buying out property owners in North Topsail Beach, NC versus maintaining the shoreline. Then Greg "Rudi" Rudolph, the Shoreline Protection Manager for Carteret County, NC, talked about his day to day work, the mechanics of beach renourishment, and his perspective on the report. Rudi also shared how they plan for sea level rise.

Read the report: Coastal Hazards & Targeted Acquisitions, A Reasonable Shoreline Management Alternative

Host: Ben Kittelson

Aug 30, 2019
#292 Transportation, Engagement & Libraries from the Code for America Summit

Designing better government. Earlier this summer GovLove hosted a live recording at the Code for America Summit in Oakland, California. Three guests joined to talk about trends in local government and how they interact with data and technology in their organization. Warren Logan is the Policy Director of Mobility & Interagency Relations in Oakland, CA; Laura Biediger is a Community Engagement Strategist in Durham, NC; and Stephanie Chase is the Director of Libraries for Hillsboro, OR. 

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Aug 23, 2019
#291 Open Government & Innovation at Guilford County, NC with Jason Jones

Analytics and open data. Jason Jones, the Analytics and Innovation Manager for Guilford County, North Carolina, joined the podcast to talk about his work and career path. Jason shared what it took to set up a data program at Guilford County, how they have partnered with universities on projects and the importance of adding context to data. He also talked about his career path, creating his current role and how working in human resources has informed his career.

Host: Ben Kittelson

Aug 16, 2019
#290 Local Government Workplaces Initiative with Dr. Leisha DeHart-Davis, UNC School of Government

Helping cities and counties listen to their employees. Dr. Leisha DeHart-Davis joined the podcast to talk about the University of North Carolina School of Government's Workplaces Initiative. She shared her research into public sector organizational dynamics and how managers can make their employees feel valued and part of a community.

Aug 09, 2019
#289 Census 2020 & The Opportunity Project with Denice Ross, Lorena Molina-Irizarry & Drew Zachary

Data for good. Three people joined the podcast to talk about the 2020 Census and ways that local governments can ensure their communities get counted. They are all working with the Census Opportunity Project a process for engaging government, communities, and the technology industry to create digital tools related to the Census. Denice Ross is a Fellow in Residence for the Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation; Lorena Molina-Irizarry is the Director of Operations of Census Open Innovation Labs; and Drew Zachary is the Director of Census Opportunity Project. 

Aug 02, 2019
#288 Family Ties in Charleston, SC with Former Mayor Joe Riley & Citibot's Bratton Riley

Public service and civil rights. A father-son duo joined the podcast to talk about their different paths working with local government. Former Mayor Joe Riley led the City of Charleston, SC for 40 years and was involved in redeveloping downtown Charleston and starting the International African American Museum. Bratten Riley is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Citibot, a software platform that allows residents to text their local government for information and for organizations to keep residents informed.

Jul 26, 2019
#287 Strategic Communications & Networking with Mac Prichard

Sharing ideas, experiences and stories. Mac Prichard the President of Prichard Communications and Founder of Mac's List joined the podcast to talk about local government communications and job searching. He talked about how communications plans need to be strategic and align with the goals of the organization. Mac also discussed his "Find Your Dream Job" podcast and the skills of job searching.

Jul 23, 2019
#286 Legal Challenges to Parking Enforcement with ShawnTe Raines & Matthew DiCianni, Ancel Gslink

To chalk or not to chalk. Two lawyers from Ancel Glink joined the podcast to talk about the recent court ruling outlawing the use of chalk to enforce parking requirements. ShawnTe Raines, Partner, and Matthew DiCianni, Associate, walked through the case and the implications for local governments. They also touched on a few other legal issues at the local level that have their attention. 

Jul 19, 2019
#285 Leadership & Scenario Planning with Matt Finch

Strategy, planning, storytelling, innovation. Matt Finch joined the podcast to talk about his work with libraries and other government entities on planning for the future. In this wide ranging interview he shared his path into doing this work, becoming future ready and tools for growth and change.  

Jul 16, 2019
#284 Public Service with Mayor Tara Campbell, Yorba Linda, CA

The youngest female Mayor in the country. Mayor Tara Campbell from the City of Yorba Linda, California joined the podcast to talk about her two roles in local government, serving as Mayor of her hometown and working as Chief of Staff for Orange County Supervisor Donald Wagner. Mayor Campbell talked about what led her to local government, why she wanted to run for office and what she works on as a Chief of Staff. She also shared how her two roles influence one another and the issues facing cities in Orange County, CA. 

Jul 12, 2019
#283 The City Link Program in Springfield, OR with Niel Laudati

Empowering new leaders. Niel Laudati,Legislative and Public Affairs Director for the City of Springfield, OR, joined the podcast to talk about how the City is working to empower under-represented leaders. Through their City Link program participants meet leaders from different departments, learn about local government and build their resume for serving on boards or running for office. Niel also shared his career path in local government and his passion for Springfield.

Jul 09, 2019
#282 Teaching Ethics through Parks & Rec with Dr. Erin Borry

Linking theory to television. Dr. Erin Borry from the University of Alabama at Birmingham is teaching ethics in a creative way, by using the show Parks & Recreation. Scenes involving your favorite City of Pawnee employees are great case studies for understanding the dilemmas that public servants can face. Dr. Borry shares why she wanted to use the show in her classroom and examples of what students learn. 

Jul 05, 2019
#281 Tackling Blight & Innovation with Terrance Smith, Mobile, AL

Solving problems. Terrance Smith, the Director of the Innovation Team in the City of Mobile, Alabama, joined the podcast to talk about innovation, working with departments and taking on blight. Terrance shared the process the i-Team went through to get a handle on the problem of blight and then how to address it, which eventually led to a change in state law. He also talked about how they communicate about their work and how they bring in other city staff to explain their process.

Jun 28, 2019
#280 Food Waste & Government Consolidation with Mayor Liz Lempert, Princeton, NJ

From borough and township to municipality. Mayor Liz Lempert joined the podcast for a wide ranging interview on consolidating governments and providing compost service in Princeton, New Jersey. Mayor Lempert shared her path into elected office and winning the 2018 Mayors Challenge for their composting initiative. She also walked through the process of consolidating Princeton Township with Princeton Borough and the impact it has had on both the community and government operations.

Jun 26, 2019
#279 The Municipal Equality Index with Xavier Persad, Human Rights Campaign

Examining the inclusiveness of cities. Xavier Persad, Sr. Legislative Counsel for the Human Rights Campaign, joined the podcast to talk about the Municipal Equality Index. Each year cities are rated based on non-discrimination laws, the municipality as an employer and the city leadership's public position on equality. He also shared what cities have made strides on the index and what policies cities should look at to improve how inclusive they are.

Jun 21, 2019
#278 High Performance Government with Nick Kittle, Cartegraph

Sustainable innovation. Nick Kittle, Government Innovation & Performance Coach and author, shares his lessons on leadership, innovation and improving local government. He talked about his experience as a Chief Innovation Officer, his book Sustainovation and the work he's doing now for Cartegraph. From building momentum to not being afraid to get fired, Nick has great advice for those wanting to make a difference. 

Jun 19, 2019
#277 CivicPRIDE with Pam Davis, Boulder, CO

Advancing inclusive local government. In honor of Pride Month, Pam Davis, Sr. Management Analyst for the City of Boulder, Colorado and the Leader of CivicPRIDE joined the podcast to talk about empowering LGBTQIA+ leadership in local government. CivicPRIDE is the first nationally recognized LGBTQIA+ professional association for local government management. Pam shared her coming out story and why a group like CivicPRIDE is needed in local government. She also discussed what organizations can do to be more inclusive of the LGBTQIA+ community.

Jun 14, 2019
#276 The Myth of Bureaucratic Neutrality with Shannon Portillo, University of Kansas

Institutionalized inequity in hiring. Dr. Shannon Portillo from the University of Kansas discusses how we have to challenge the assumption that merit-based hiring practices are "neutral." She and a co-author argue in a recent journal article that those practice can actually reinforce the preference of white men in public organizations. The article argues that if organizations want to encourage a diverse workforce they need to challenge these long standing hiring practices. 

Jun 11, 2019
#275 Rethinking the Library in Hillsboro, OR with Stephanie Chase & Hillary Ostlund

Leading (r)evolution in public libraries. Stephanie Chase, Library Director, and Hillary Ostlund, Library Manager, from the Hillsboro, Oregon public library joined the podcast. They talked about how they are adapting their expectations of employees and the service to patrons to improve customer service. In this wide ranging interview they covered everything from throwing out the organizational chart to night libraries and serving homeless patrons.

Jun 07, 2019
#274 Strategy & Performance in Olathe, KS and Durham, NC

Measuring success. A trio of strategic planning and performance measurement experts joined the podcast to talk about their work: Ed Foley the Performance Management Analyst for the City of Olathe, Kansas, Josh Edwards the Strategy & Performance Director for the City of Durham, North Carolina, and Laura Chandler a Director at Clearpoint Strategy. Ed and Josh both shared their organizations' journey and Laura added the perspective of a software platform geared for strategic plans and performance measures. 

This interview was recorded from the 2019 Transforming Local Government Conference in Reno, Nevada.

Jun 04, 2019
#273 Policing & Drones with Chief Gary Jenkins, Pullman, WA

Public safety and collaboration. Gary Jenkins, the Police Chief for Pullman, Washington, shared how his department uses drones to enhance their police work and improve operations. Chief Jenkins talked about how they started their program, training staff and how they collaborate with other city departments and organizations. He also shared his career path to becoming a police chief and the unique challenges of policing in a college town.

This interview was recorded from the 2019 Transforming Local Government Conference in Reno, Nevada.

May 31, 2019
#272 Entrepreneurial Mindset in Albuquerque, NM with Tom Darling

Unleash employees. Tom Darling the Division Manager of Public Service University at the City of Albuquerque, NM joined the podcast to talk about training staff and changing culture. He discusses why "entrepreneurship" is a useful trait and why it's important to bring to local government. He also talks about motivation and inspiring employees int he workplace.

This interview was recorded from the 2019 Transforming Local Government Conference in Reno, Nevada.

May 28, 2019
#271 Budgeting & War Eagle with Barrett Warren, Auburn, AL

Budgeting in a college town. Barrett Warren the Budget & Strategic Planning Manager for the City of Auburn, AL joined the podcast to talk about her path into local government and working in a college town. She shared how Auburn is balancing the demands of housing a big college student population with maintaining its small town aesthetic. She also explained "War Eagle" and how the city is working to communicate about the budget.

This interview was recorded from the 2019 Transforming Local Government Conference in Reno, Nevada.

May 24, 2019
#270 Law in Plain English with Jenny Kosek and David Silverman

Writing legalese for residents. GovLove Legal returns with a discussion of how to write about complex legal topics in a way that is understandable for residents and elected officials. Jenny Kosek, Communications Strategist in West Allis, WI, and David Silverman, Partner at Ancel Glink Law Firm, share their perspectives and tips for taking complex legal topics and communicating them clearly.

May 17, 2019
#269 Data & NOLAlytics in New Orleans, LA

Solving real-world problems with data. Three people from the City of New Orleans, Louisiana joined the podcast to talk about how the City uses data and earning a What Works Cities Certification. Melissa Schigoda is the Director of the Office of Performance and Accountability, Eric Ogburn is the Director of Enterprise Information and Jonathan Wisbey is the Chief Technology Officer. They shared how the certification process helped them improve their processes and transitioning their data program from Mayor Landrieu to Mayor Cantrell.

May 14, 2019
#268 Civic Lab in Sacramento with Adrienne Moretz & Monica Hernandez

Testing innovative solutions. Adrienne Moretz, Civic Lab Project Manager, and Monica Hernandez, Director of Innovation & Partnerships, joined the podcast to talk about their work for the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG). They discussed Civic Lab, a program that works with teams from around their region to design and launch pilot projects aimed at regional challenges. In year one they took on "Smart Mobility" and had some innovative approaches to transportation that covered both downtown Sacramento and rural parts of their region. Both guests also shared their career path to local government and their plans for year two of the program.

This interview was recorded from the 2019 Transforming Local Government Conference in Reno, Nevada.

May 10, 2019
#267 Game of Drones in Manatee County, FL with Diana Robinson

Using new technology for sustainability. Diana Robinson, Energy Manager for Manatee County, FL, discussed how they are using drones to support their work on sustainable buildings, communications and more. Diana shared what it was like setting up a drone program and using different types of cameras. 

This interview was recorded from the 2019 Transforming Local Government Conference in Reno, Nevada.

May 07, 2019
#266 Community Healing with Melissa Glaser

Lessons for recovery after a large-scale trauma. Author and psychologist Melissa Glaser joined the podcast to talk about how a community deals with traumatic events. She shared her experience working in Newtown, CT after the Sandy Hook shooting. She also discussed lessons for community leaders dealing with tragic events. 

May 03, 2019
#265 Lead for America with Joe Nail

Community service. Joe Nail the CEO and Co-Founder of Lead for America joined the podcast to talk about their two-year fellowship program for young leaders in local government. The program takes undergraduate students interested in public service and matches them with organizations in their community. Joe shared his background and why he wanted to start this program. He also explained how local governments can participate and what the experience is like for fellows.

Apr 30, 2019
#264 Right-of-Way Management: Cell Towers, Scooters & Free Speech

Trends in planning. GovLove was recently at the National Planning Conference for a session all about right-of-way. Local governments hold the public right-of-way in trust for the benefit of the public; but rapid changes in technology, federal policy, and constitutional law are increasing demands for services and challenging local regulatory authority. Experienced local government attorneys, and industry professionals discuss best practices for right-of-way management in the face of emerging challenges. Panelists include: Alan Weinstein, Cleveland State University; Alicia Giudice, San Rafael, CA; Brandon Bordenkircher, Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development; Daniel J. Bolin, Ancel Glink; Gail A. Karish, Best Best & Krieger LLP; and Isidro A. Jimenez, San Francisco, CA.

This episode was recorded from the 2019 National Planning Conference in San Francisco, CA. 

Apr 26, 2019
#263 Code for America Summit with Dan Hon

Designing better government. Dan Hon, the Co-Chair for the 2019 Code for America Summit, joined the podcast to talk about the work of Code for America, how he got involved and why technologists should work with governments. Dan also shared some of the agenda they are planning for the conference and tips for attendees. 

Apr 23, 2019
#262 Innovate Durham & Faith with Eric Marsh, Durham County, NC

Local government innovation and faith in public service. Eric March, Strategic Initiatives Analyst for Durham County, NC joined the podcast to discuss Innovate Durham, a partnership program between the County, City of Durham and local startups. Eric shared his path in public service from an engineer to an innovation office. He also discussed his work for a church and compared the similarities of the work to local government.

This interview was recorded from the 2019 Transforming Local Government Conference in Reno, Nevada.

Apr 19, 2019
#261 Strategic Planning in Lancaster, PA from Execution to Implementation

Two Mayors and a Chief of Staff. Mayor Danene Sorace, former Mayor Rick Gray and former Chief of Staff Pat Brogan joined the podcast to talk about creating and advancing Lancaster's strategic plan. Mayor Gray and Pat Brogan shared the creation of the city's first strategic plan and current Mayor Sorace talked about embracing and continuing to advance the plan. They also shared their paths into public service, the role of Chief of Staff and both mayors' perspectives on leadership.

Apr 16, 2019
#260 McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, Scottsdale, AZ

ELGL Knope Award Winner. Brent Stockwell, the Assistant City Manager of Scottsdale, Arizona, discussed their award-winning park the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park. He talked about the work that went into winning the ELGL Knope Award, stories from park staff and how they tried to improve their communications strategy during each round of the competition.

This podcast was recorded from the 2019 Transforming Local Government Conference in Reno, Nevada. 

Apr 13, 2019
#259 Politics & Administration Careers with Sarah Moss

Civic dreamer and doer. Sarah Moss joined GovLove to talk about her unique career path that has switched between campaign and political roles to administrative roles. She shared what led to her first role in politics and how she ended up in local government. Sarah also discussed her work as a consultant and her professional philosophy.

Apr 05, 2019
#258 Neighborhood Planning with Mercy Murguia, Dina Newman and AJ Fawver

Engagement and shaping communities. Three guests join the podcast to discuss approaches to neighborhood planning and the work that goes into engaging residents. Mercy Murguia is a Commissioner for Potter County, TX; Dina Newman is the Director of the Center for Neighborhoods at the University of Missouri at Kansas City; and, AJ Fawver is the Planning Director for the City of Lubbock, TX. All three discussed their perspectives on planning and engagement as well as how each of their communities approach neighborhoods.

Mar 29, 2019
#257 Perspectives on Procurement with Chris Van Beke, Vendor Registry

Purchasing and RFPs. Chris Van Beke the CEO and Co-Founder of Vendor Registry talks about improving the way vendors and governments work together, from updating paper processes to improving communication. Chris also shared his career path to leading a tech company focused on procurement. 

Mar 22, 2019
#256 Managing as a Team in Iowa City with Geoff Fruin and Ashley Monroe

Can't be neutral on a moving train. Two members of the leadership team in Iowa City, IA joined the podcast to talk management, recruitment and their path to public service. Geoff Fruin, City Manager, and Ashley Monroe, Assistant City Manager, shared their experiences going through hiring processes and what they look for in hiring leadership positions. Geoff and Ashley also talked about what they are working on, from data driven policing to engagement. 

Mar 15, 2019
#255 Engagement in Local Government with Jay Dawkins, PublicInput

Meeting people where they are. Jay Dawkins the CEO of PublicInput joined the podcast to talk about community engagement and reaching more people through engagement. Jay shared his career path to leading a software company and how they work with local governments. He talked about pitfalls in engagement like the "if you build it, they will come" mistake and why engagement matters. 

Mar 12, 2019
#254 Near the Top Report with Leisha Dehart-Davis & Kimberly Nelson

Diversity in the local government profession. Two professors from the University of North Carolina School of Government share findings from recent research on the diversity of city and county managers. Leisha Dehart-Davis and Kimberly Nelson talked about what they heard from interviewing managers for their "Near the Top" report and the importance of attracting women and people of color to local government management. 

Mar 08, 2019
#253 Local Government Law: Drones

Using and regulating drones in government. GovLove Legal is back. Derke Price and Erin Pell from the law firm Ancel Glink join the podcast to talk about the regulations around drones. From how the law varies from state to state to how the Federal government treats drones they cover what you need to know. Derke and Erin also share examples of how local governments are using drones to support their work. 

Mar 01, 2019
#252 The Future of Government Websites with Ken Clark, Indianapolis, IN

Shift Indy. Ken Clark the Chief Information Officer for the City of Indianapolis and Marion County, Indiana discussed his career path and his work updating the organization's website. Ken shared how he got buy in for a new approach to the website, the work that went into bringing it into the 21st century and how they improved the user experience. Ken also talked about the importance of understanding finances and how he cut his departmental budget while also taking on this enormous project.

Feb 22, 2019
#251 Civic Imagination in Bologna, Italy with Deputy Mayor Matteo Lepore

Engagement in Bologna, Italy. The Deputy Mayor of Bologna, Matteo Lepore, talked about how his city won an Engaged Cities award for their work engaging residents with local government. By engaging with residents the City is able to bring people into the process of shaping public spaces. Learn more from their case study: Co-Creating Urban Commons.

Feb 19, 2019
#250 Empowering Residents to Solve Problems with James Wagner, Tulsa, OK

Finding innovative ideas with residents not just for them. Tulsa, Oklahoma has been empowering their residents to address longstanding or emerging civic challenges in partnership with city staff. James Wagner, the Chief Financial Officer and former Chief of Performance Strategies and Innovation, talked about their Urban Data Pioneers and Civic Innovation Fellowship programs. Through these programs Tulsa residents can learn about data analysis or human centered design as they bring new ideas into City Hall. The city received an Engaged Cities Award for their efforts. 

Feb 15, 2019
#249 Engaged Cities with Myung Lee, Cities of Service

Celebrating the most effective solutions to engagement. Myung Lee, the Executive Director of Cities of Service, joins the podcast to talk about their Engaged Cities Award, spotlighting solutions from around the world and her winding career path. Myung also shared the work of Cities of Service and how they help Mayors build stronger cities.

Feb 12, 2019
#248 Fostering an Inclusive City with Mayor Steve Callaway, Hillsboro, OR

Leading Hillsboro. Mayor Steve Callaway from Hillsboro, Oregon joined the podcast to talk about his path into public service, how his city works to attract people into local government and reaching out to the Latino community. Mayor Callaway also discussed his viral social media post on dealing with a racism and his love of the Hillsboro Hops.

Feb 08, 2019
#247 A 9-year-old talks Parks with Bobbi Nance, Recreation Results

Cool things about parks. To celebrate the start of the #ELGLKnope Award contest for the best Park facility in the country we have an interview between Eleanor Wyatt and Bobbi Nance. Eleanor is a 9-year-old that has strong opinions about parks and Bobbi is the President of Recreation Results, a company that uses data and strategy to advise local governments in the parks and recreation sector.

Feb 05, 2019
#246 Innovation & Using Scrum with Michelle Thong, San Jose, CA

Using scrum in local government. Michelle Thong, the Digital Services Lead at the City of San Jose, CA, joined the podcast to talk innovation, iteration and engaging the tech community. She shared the three innovation behaviors her office works to encourage in the organization and how she works to be a multiplier. Michelle also talked about starting the Code for San Jose brigade and how the City works with volunteers.

Feb 01, 2019
#245 Data-Driven Innovation in Los Angeles, CA with Miguel Sangalang & Amanda Daflos

Transforming data into action. Miguel Sangalang, Deputy Mayor for Budget & Innovation, and Amanda Daflos, Innovation Team Director, joined GovLove to talk about their work at the City of Los Angeles, California. They discussed earning the top level of the What Works Cities Certification and how they are pairing budget with innovation. They also shared why they think data is important and how the City uses data to make decisions.

Jan 25, 2019
#244 The Business Case for Employee Engagement with Bob Lavigna

Measuring employee engagement. Bob Lavigna the Director of the Institute for Public Sector Employee Engagement at CPS HR joined the podcast to talk about why organizations should take employee engagement seriously. He argues that there is a business case to keeping employees engaged at the workplace and that the best organizations have recognized this. He also shared his path into working with governments and the value of employee surveys.

Jan 18, 2019
#243 Why Local Governments need PIOs with Chris Floore, Macon-Bibb, GA

Communications and media relations. Chris Floore, the Assistant to the County Manager for Public Affairs in Macon-Bibb County, Georgia, joined the podcast to talk about his work and building relationships with the media. Chris discussed the importance of the public information officer role and how he prepares staff to work with the media. He also responded to a report from the Society of Professional Journalists says public information officers are making it more difficult to get access to interviews and information.

Jan 11, 2019
#242 Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan with Heather Worthington & Paul Mogush

Battling disparities through planning. Two people from the City of Minneapolis, MN join the podcast to talk about the hottest comprehensive plan in the country, Minneapolis 2040. Heather Worthington is the Director of Long Range Planning and Paul Mogush is the Manager of Community Planning for Minneapolis. Heather and Paul discussed the goals of the new comprehensive plan, which put dealing with racial disparities at the center of their work, and how they engaged the public throughout the process. The new plan will make big changes to land use in the city including eliminating single family zoning and parking minimums. 

Jan 04, 2019
#241 The GovieLovies - 2018 Year in Review

The best episodes of the year. All five regular GovLove hosts teamed up to hand out awards and recap the year of GovLove. Kirsten, Alyssa, Javon, Kent and Ben all selected four of their favorite episodes to honor with the most prestigious award in local government podcasting, a GovieLovie. In addition to handing out awards, the hosts shared what they hope to cover on the podcast in the future, their favorite holiday food and highlights from ELGL’s 2018.

The Top Episodes of the Year:


  1. #195 Innovation & Equity in Parks & Recreation with Kylie Bayer-Fertterer, Justin Cutler & Peter Cosmiano
  2. #236 Local Reporting in San Antonio with iris Dimmick, The Rivard Report
  3. #206 The First Lady of Water Cathy Bailey, Greater Cincinnati Water Works
  4. #232 The Best of Nextdoor with Jenn Takahashi


  1. #179 The Gatekeepers, Chiefs of Staff in Local Government
  2. #171 The City of Detroit's Chief Storyteller, Aaron Foley
  3. #238 PennDOT Connects with Secretary Leslie Richards & Brian Hare
  4. #217 Parkour & Parks with Colin MacDonald, Parkour Visions


  1. #176 NBC Parks & Rec Memories with Jim O'Heir (Jerry Gergich)
  2. #228 Crisis Ready, Building an Invincible Brand with Melissa Agnes
  3. #213 University of Alabama Game Day in Tuscaloosa with Mayor Walt Maddox
  4. #219 Karen Pinkos, ICMA President & City Manager, El Cerrito, CA


  1. #188 NFBPA & Diversity with Christine Edwards & James Gaston
  2. #210 Oregon's Most Wired Community - Independence
  3. #222 The Poisoned City - Flint's Water & the American Urban Tragedy with Anna Clark
  4. #185 Public Service in the NFL & City Management with Tom & Connor Barwin


  1. #233 What Government Innovation Really Looks Like with Hana Schank
  2. #223 Changing the Local Government Workplace
  3. #225 Evaluation & Good Government in Washington, DC with Jenny Reed
  4. #193 The Color of Law with Richard Rothstein
Dec 28, 2018
#240 A New Way of Doing Things in Jersey City with Brian Platt

Problem solving in government. Brian Platt the Business Administrator of Jersey City, New Jersey joined the podcast to talk about managing the day to day operations of the city, innovation in local government and being named a babe of Jersey City. Brian previously served as the Chief Innovation Officer and he shared the work of the city's i-Team and how they've approached problem solving. 

Dec 21, 2018
#239 Pizza to the Polls with Scott Duncombe

Hungry for democracy. The national non-profit, Pizza to the Polls, tries to make waiting in line to vote a little better. They take reports of long lines from people around the country and then find local pizza places to deliver slices to voters. Scott Duncombe is one of the founders of Pizza to the Polls, he tells the story of how it started and how they delivered over 10,000 pizzas in the 2018 election.

Dec 19, 2018
#238 PennDOT Connects with Secretary Leslie Richards & Brian Hare

Transportation & engagement. The Pennsylvania Secretary of Transportation, Leslie Richards, and the PennDOT Planning Chief, Brian Hare, join the podcast to talk engagement and the future of transportation. They shared their PennDOT Connects initiative which works to engage Pennsylvania residents before they implement transportation projects. Secretary Richards and Brian also talked about their career paths and how the State works with local governments.

Dec 14, 2018
#237 Rhode Island Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor

Economic development at the state level. Stefan Pryor, the Secretary of Commerce for the State of Rhode Island, joins the podcast to talk about his work attracting companies to the state. Stefan discussed the policies they've used to turn around Rhode Island's economy. He also shared his career path to the position, which included a stint as Deputy Mayor in Newark, NJ. 

Dec 07, 2018
#236 Local Reporting in San Antonio with Iris Dimmick, The Rivard Report

The City Hall beat. Iris Dimmick, Senior Reporter at The Rivard Report, talks covering local government in the City of San Antonio, Texas. She talked about the non-profit journalism that The Rivard Report conducts, her path to becoming a reporter and the future of local journalism. Then Iris discussed three propositions that were voted on by residents in November, each had a different impact on the City of San Antonio, including one that targeted the City Manager. 

Nov 30, 2018
#235 Technology and Permitting in Shrewsbury, MA with John Covey

Applying technology to make things better. John Covey, Chief Information Office of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, joined the podcast to talk about software, local government IT and improving processes. John shared his career path to working at the Town of Shrewsbury, his definition of a technologist and what he sees as trends in the field. He also shared their experience working with ViewPoint Cloud to improve the permitting process. 

Nov 28, 2018
#234 Digital Services & Process Improvement with Mike Sarasti, Miami, Florida

Putting people first. Mike Sarasti, the Chief Innovation Officer and Director of Innovation & Technology for the City of Miami, Florida, joined the podcast to talk about his role driving innovation and scaling solutions throughout the organization. He discussed his path to becoming a CIO, how they put users first through process design and working with Code for Miami. He also talked about how adding IT to his portfolio has impacted the innovation work in Miami, from training his employees on these tools to using tech as an entry point for process improvement. 

Nov 22, 2018
#233 What Government Innovation Really Looks Like with Hana Schank

Getting the work done. Hana Schank, Public Interest Technology Fellow for New America, joined the podcast to talk about her recently published report on innovation in government. She interviewed problem solvers working across Federal, State and local governments to learn how they are trying to make government services better for residents. From what this field of innovation should be called, what teams across the country look like and common projects that teams are working on, Hana gave more info on what she found in her report. She also talked about the necessity of buy-in from top leadership and the importance of process over technology. 

Read the report: Getting the Work Done - What Government Innovation Really Looks Like

Nov 16, 2018
#232 The Best of Nextdoor with Jenn Takahashi

Quality neighborhood drama. Jenn Takahashi, the chief lurker and founder of the parody account Best of Nextdoor, joined the podcast to talk about sharing the entertaining drama that happens on Nextdoor. Jenn shares what caused her to start the account, what the Nextdoor CEO thinks of it and what it's been like to have the account get so popular.  

Nov 13, 2018
#231 City on the Line: Outcome Budgeting with Andrew Kleine

Budgeting for Outcomes. In his new book Andrew Kleine, the former Budget Director for the City of Baltimore, MD, challenges how local governments budget. He writes about how he changed budgeting in Baltimore to focus on outcomes rather than line items. He joined the podcast to talk about how he learned about outcome budgeting, the process of writing a book, and his career path in government. 

Nov 09, 2018
#230 Data and Continuous Improvement in Louisville, KY with Daro Mott

LouieStat and changing culture. Daro Mott, the Chief of Performance Improvement for the City of Louisville, Kentucky, joined the podcast to talk about their use of data and focus on process improvement. Daro described Louisville's particular focus on professional development and training employees to change culture. He also shared his path into local government and their work to earn the What Works Cities Certification.

Nov 06, 2018
#229 Local Government Law: Unions and the Janus Decision

Navigating the Supreme Court decision. Earlier this year the case of Janus v. AFSCME changed part of the relationship between local governments and unions. No longer can cities and counties collect union dues for non-union employees that benefit from union negotiations. Matthew DiCianni from the Chicago based law firm, Ancel Glink, joined the podcast to talk about the role of unions and the impact of the Janus decision.

Nov 02, 2018
#228 Crisis Ready, Building an Invincible Brand with Melissa Agnes

Talking crisis management and communication. Melissa Agnes, the author of Crisis Ready: Building an Invincible Brand in an Uncertain World, joined the podcast to talk handling crises. Melissa shared her perspective on plans versus programs and the importance of communication. 

Oct 30, 2018
#227 Government Communications for Super Bowl Sunday in Minneapolis, MN

A lot of preparation and work goes into hosting a Super Bowl. Two communications professionals from the City of Minneapolis, Minnesota shared their story of hosting Super Bowl 52 in their city. Greta Bergstrom is the Communications Director and Jordan Gilgenbach is the Digital Media Relations Coordinator for the City of Minneapolis. They talked about the working with dozens of partners to keep residents and guests informed, how they prepared for cold weather and all the rowdy fans, plus they also described the training and support they got from the Federal government in preparation for the game. 

Oct 26, 2018
#226 Economic Development in Providence, RI with Laurie White, Chamber of Commerce President

The President of the Greater Providence, Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, Laurie White, joined the podcast to share how Providence works to attract businesses and entrepreneurs. She talks about how important it is to know your workforce, what businesses are looking for and how she works together with the State Secretary of Commerce.  

Oct 23, 2018
#225 Evaluation & Good Government in Washington, DC with Jenny Reed

Good government for the people. Jenny Reed the Director of the Office of Budget & Performance Management for the City of Washington, DC joined the podcast to talk about how they use evaluation and performance management. She shared the work of the Lab @ DC, how they want to make a more data driven budget process and their use of low cost evaluations. Jenny also shared the process of earning the What Works Cities Certification and how that process helped her office and the City improve.

Oct 19, 2018
#224 University of Nebraska Game Day in Lincoln with Tom Casady, Public Safety Director

College Football and Local Government. We continue our series on the relationship between local governments and universities. Tom Casady, Director of Public Safety, joined the podcast to talk about the game day atmosphere in Lincoln, the preparation it takes to get ready for the influx of fans and his favorite memories. On Saturdays enough people come to Lincoln to make it the third largest city in the state. Prior to being named Public Safety Director, Tom was the Lincoln Police Chief from 1994-2011. 

Oct 12, 2018
#223 Changing the Local Government Workplace

A panel of local government staff, an elected official and a tech company staffer discussed the changing workplace. They shared their opinions on what they want to see from their employers, how government can better engage with residents and how local government needs to deal with diversity and inclusion. The group also took questions from the audience that hit on the urban-rural divide, the role of elected officials and white male privilege. The panel included: Lacey Beaty, City Council President at Beaverton, OR; Kylie Bayer, Human Resources Manager at McMinnville, OR; Jose Esparza, Community Engagement Specialist at Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District; Pat Rollens, Public Information Specialist at Corvallis, OR; and Casey Earp, Engagement Manager at Bang the Table. 

This episode was recorded live from 2018 League of Oregon Cities conference in Eugene, OR. 

Oct 09, 2018
#222 The Poisoned City: Flint's Water & the American Urban Tragedy with Anna Clark

The author of a new book on the Flint water crisis joined the podcast to talk about what happened. Anna Clark, the author of "The Poisoned City: Flint's Water and the American Urban Tragedy," shared her perspective on the role of government in the crisis, the decline of local journalism and the importance of infrastructure. Anna also talked about instant replay, what a book tour is like and whether she still has trust in government. 

Oct 05, 2018
#221 Building Trust through Strategic Planning with Kevin Knutson, Envisio

Trust and accountability in local government. Kevin Knutson, the Vice President of Customer Success at Envisio, joined the podcast to talk about strategic planning, accountability and his view on the biggest challenges facing local governments. He also shared how Envisio, a software company, is helping organizations stick to and achieve their strategic plans. 

Oct 02, 2018
#220 The Georgia-Florida Game Day in Jacksonville, FL

Game day for one of college football's storied rivalries. Every year, the City of Jacksonville, Florida plays host to the Georgia-Florida Game (or Florida-Georgia, depending on the year) and welcomes two fanbases from rival schools for events, tailgating and more. Brent Fine, the Special Events Manager for the City of Jacksonville, and Rick Catlett, the President/CEO of Gator Bowl Sports, joined the podcast to talk about the planning it takes to pull off the annual event. They shared how they manage relationships with both universities, the unique history and tradition associated with the game, and the coordination on everything from parking enforcement to trash pickup. 

Sep 28, 2018
#219 Karen Pinkos, ICMA President & City Manager, El Cerrito, CA

Live from the 2018 ICMA Conference in Baltimore, MD. The new ICMA President, Karen Pinkos, joined the podcast to talk about her career path, leadership and her tips for young professionals. She answered questions from the audience and talked about her new role as ICMA's 4th female President. Karen was recently selected to serve as the next City Manager of El Cerrito, CA, where she has been the Assistant City Manager since 2001. 

Sep 25, 2018
#218 Data Driven Decision Making in Kansas City, MO

Transparency before it was cool. Three people from the City of Kansas City, Missouri joined the podcast to talk about how KCMO uses data to inform their decision making and how they hold themselves accountable to achieving their strategic plan. Kate Bender, Deputy Performance Officer, Bo McCall, Performance Analyst, and Chris Hernandez, Communications Director, shared the story of KC Stat, a monthly data and performance meeting. They also explained how the What Works Cities Certification helped them and what they learned from going through that process.

Sep 21, 2018
#217 Parkour & Parks with Colin MacDonald, Parkour Visions

Parkour! Running, jumping and climbing through the urban landscape is catching on as a new form of play. Colin MacDonald the Design Director for Parkour Visions came on the podcast to talk about adding parkour elements to parks and teaching parkour. He explained how parkour can activate otherwise bland landscape and teaches people how to fall.

Sep 18, 2018
#216 Getting to Washington Game Day with Glenn Bartolome, King County Transit

College Football and Local Government. GovLove is looking at how local governments across the country deal with game day. Glenn Bartolome, a System Impacts & Events Coordinator for King County Metro Transit, joined the podcast to discuss how they get thousands of fans to the University of Washington football stadium. The stadium is located in a dense urban neighborhood and both the University and the county encourage fans to take transit to the game, Glenn explains how they work together to provide that service, how it impacts operations and who pays to shuttle fans from across the city. 

Sep 14, 2018
#215 Public Participation & Engagement with Kit Cole, IAP2 Board Member

Getting outcomes from engagement. Kit Cole is a public engagement consultant and a board member of the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2). She discusses the value and types of engagement, plus the importance of engagement in local government. Kit also compares the approaches to engagement in big, urban cities like Los Angeles versus small, rural communities like Brownsville, Oregon. Prior to becoming a consultant Kit worked for public utilities, Waste Management Inc. and the California state government. 

Sep 11, 2018
#214 The Shrink Smart Project: Managing Population Loss in Rural Communities

Preserving quality of life in shrinking Iowa cities. A grant from the National Science Foundation is exploring how communities can protect quality of life and community infrastructure while they lose population. The Shrink Smart Project aims to develop data-driven tools to assist towns in actively planning for shrinkage. Three people from Iowa State University joined the podcast: Kimberly Zarecor is an Associate Professor of Architecture, Sara Hamideh is an Assistant Professor of Community & Regional Planning, and Eric Davis is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science. They discussed how they are using both data and qualitative research to figure out why some rural communities are maintaining their quality of life while they shrink and others don't. 


Sep 07, 2018
#213 University of Alabama Game Day with Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox

College Football and Local Government. Fall is here and that means football season, and at GovLove we are taking a look at how local governments across the country deal with game day. Mayor Walt Maddox from the City of Tuscaloosa, Alabama talked about how they handle the influx of fans filling the University of Alabama stadium, which seats over 100,000 people. From trash pickup and security to planning and transportation Mayor Maddox gives a behind the scenes look at one of the most raucous game day atmospheres in the county and how local government makes it possible. 

Aug 31, 2018
#212 Changing Recruitment in Local Government with Ron Holifield

Playing matchmaker and reducing implicit bias. The CEO of Strategic Government Resources (SGR), Ron Holifield, joined GovLove to talk about how they are pushing local governments to change how they recruit. He shared his career path from time as a City Manager to leading a recruiting firm. Ron talked about his company's philosophy, the hierarchy of leadership and the SGRecruiter tool, which will match passive job seekers with organizations and help reduce implicit bias. 

Aug 28, 2018
#211 Innovation and Performance in Seattle, WA with Tina Walha

Using data and design to creatively solve problems. Tina Walha the Director of the Innovation & Performance team at the City of Seattle, Washington joined the podcast to talk about her team's work. She shared her path into local government, which started with a stint in Mayor Bloomberg's administration in New York City. Tina discussed the work of Seattle's i-Team, how they are building on the use of data and what Seattle did to earn a What Works Cities Certification. 

Aug 24, 2018
#210 Oregon's Most Wired Community - Independence

A smart rural community. David Clyne the City Manager and Shawn Irvine the Economic Development Director join GovLove to talk about their work for the City of Independence, Oregon. This small city of about 9,000 people has used technology like municipal broadband to infuse a culture of technology into the work of the City and the culture of the community. They have worked on projects using a virtual situation room, agricultural technology and more.

Aug 21, 2018
#209 Stories from the National Day of Civic Hacking

Code for America recently hosted a National Day of Civic Hacking as a call to action bringing together civic leaders, local governments, and community organizations. Groups across the country got together to work on some of our toughest challenges. ELGL Executive Director, Kirsten Wyatt, was down in San Francisco, California at the Code for America headquarters and talked to three participants in the National Day of Civic Hacking. Alex Gaesser discussed working on bike transportation, Connor English talked about a project dealing with foster care and Matt Castillon lead a group working with building inspections data to deal with affordable housing.

Aug 17, 2018
#208 Creating a Culture of Health with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Culture of Health Prize recognizes communities that have placed a priority on health and are creating powerful partnerships and deep commitments to provide everyone, especially those facing the greatest challenges, with a fair and just opportunity for health and well-being. Katie Wehr from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Julie Willems Van Dijk from the University of Wisconsin's Institute of Public Health joined GovLove to talk about what a culture of health is, stories from communities that are doing it well and different approaches to public health. 

Aug 10, 2018
#207 Filling Top Level Vacancies with Michael Brown, City Manager, Hillsboro, OR

The City Manager of Hillsboro, Oregon, Michael Brown, joined GovLove to talk about his approach to recruiting for department directors and other top level vacancies. Michael shared how when his Assistant City Manager announced their retirement he spent time rethinking the position and allowing the departments and staff that will report to the new person to have input on what to look for. He also shared his career path into local government and his passion for the band Tool.

Aug 07, 2018
#206 The First Lady of Water Cathy Bailey, Greater Cincinnati Water Works

The Director of the Greater Cincinnati Water Works Department, Cathy B. Bailey, joined GovLove to talk about her career path. Cathy started as a chemist in 1992 for the Cincinnati, OH water department and was named the director in 2015. She talked about how her department is removing lead lines by working with partners across the community, what her job is like day to day, and her perspective on diversity in local government. 

Aug 03, 2018
#205 The Most Innovative City in the Nation, Fayetteville, NC with Rebecca Jackson

In Governing and Living Cities' 2018 Equipt to Innovate survey the City of Fayetteville, North Carolina was chosen as the top overall performer. Rebecca Jackson, the Strategic Performance Analytics Director, joined the podcast to talk about her work and what it means to be chosen as the most innovative city in the nation. Rebecca shared Fayetteville's approach to strategic planning, how they include resident input and their process improvement work. 

This interview was recorded from the North Carolina Local Government Budget Association (NCLGBA) 2018 Summer Conference in Atlantic Beach, NC.

Jul 27, 2018
#204 Get into Dodge City, Kansas with Melissa McCoy

Why not Dodge? Melissa McCoy, Assistant City Manager/Public Affairs, joins GovLove to talk about the tourism industry and the old west. The City of Dodge City, Kansas turned around the old phrase "get the heck out of Dodge" into an effort to bring people to the queen of the cowtowns. In 1997 residents of Dodge City voted to approve a dedicated portion of the sales tax to fund projects to encourage tourism. 

Jul 20, 2018
#203 Running Jackson, MS with Dr. Robert Blaine, Chief Administrative Officer

Managing change and investing in dignity in Mississippi's state capital. Dr. Robert Blaine joined the podcast to talk about his role as the Chief Administrative Officer for Mayor Chokwe Lumumba in Jackson. He shared what it's like setting up an administration and what they've dealt with in the first year in office. Dr. Blaine described his path into local government, he was a trombonist, conductor and academic before making the leap into managing a city. He also talked about Jackson's strategic plan and taking over the Jackson Public Schools.

Jul 13, 2018
#202 Building a Mobile City Hall with Andrew Kirk, CitySourced

Trends in civic technology. Andrew Kirk, the Chief Revenue & Operations Officer for CitySourced, joined the podcast to talk about civic technology from his vantage point as a vendor. Andrew shared his path to civic tech, how he sees government changing, and CitySourced's efforts to build a mobile City Hall.

Jul 06, 2018
#201 Data & Procurement in Boston, MA with Laura Melle & Stefanie Costa Leabo

Two Innovation & Technology staff from the City of Boston, Massachusetts joined the podcast to talk about their work. Laura Melle is the Sr. Procurement Lead and Stefanie Costa Leabo is the Interim Chief Data Officer, both shared how they are using their positions to be a resource for city departments. They discussed how Boston is doing procurement differently (including more RFPs), how they are using data to make decisions, and how What Works Cities helped them do those things.

Jul 03, 2018
#200 Smart Sewers in Cincinnati, OH with Reese Johnson, Principal Engineer

The Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati was the inaugural winner of ELGL & The Atlas' Water You Waiting For Award, recognizing the best water project. Reese Johnson, Principal Engineer for the sewer district, came on the podcast to talk about their smart sewers project and his passion for wastewater. Reese explained how smart sensors are helping to keep wastewater out of local streams and rivers in Cincinnati. Plus he describes working with IT staff and gives tips to other people that want to change their industries.

Jun 29, 2018
#199 Managing Stockton, California with Kurt Wilson, City Manager

From municipal bankruptcy to universal basic income. Kurt Wilson, the City Manager of Stockton, California, has managed the city through a lot of change. Kurt came on GovLove for a wide ranging conversation that covered his path into public service, principled policing in Stockton, working for Governor Schwarzenegger's administration and more. He described what it's like to manage a City through the bankruptcy process and how Stockton will be the first city to pilot a universal basic income program. 

Jun 26, 2018
#198 Turning Buzzwords Into Reality in San Diego, CA with Almis Udrys & Maksim Pecherskiy

Performance and analytics in the City of San Diego, California. Almis Udrys, Deputy Chief of Staff for Innovation & Performance, and Maksim Pecherskiy, Chief Data Officer, joined the podcast to discuss their work solving problems and improving customer service using data. Each talked about their path into local government, why pandas are their department's mascot, and what San Diego did to earn a What Works City certification. 

Jun 22, 2018
#197 Civic Tech Chat with Ryan Koch

A podcast on technology in the public sector. Civic Tech Chat is hosted by Ryan Koch and explores everything from open data to innovation. Ryan joined GovLove to talk about his path into public service, which started in the Army and included a deployment to Iraq. He also explained why he started the Civic Tech Chat podcast, what they are hoping to achieve with the podcast and even his dream guest. 

Jun 19, 2018
#196 Local Government Law: Police Body Cameras

From public records requests to emergency communications we talk with two local government attorneys about all the legal questions that come with Police body cameras. Dan Bolin and Ellen Emery, two Partners at the Ancel Glink law firm in Chicago, Illinois share their expertise and experience on the issue. They share common concerns from working with Police Departments, the hidden costs of body worn cameras and how the videos can help with getting information to the public. 

Jun 15, 2018
#195 Innovation & Equity in Parks & Recreation with Kylie Bayer-Fertterer, Justin Cutler & Peter Cosmiano

Three Parks and Recreation professionals from across the country joined GovLove to talk about their work. They talked about how they are working to be more equitable, from serving the Spanish speaking community to building parks for residents with disabilities or engaging young people. Learn how all three organizations are being innovative and using partnerships to provide better services. Kylie Bayer-Fertterer is the Equity Coordinator for Tualatin Hills Parks & Recreation District (THPRD) in the Portland metro area; Justin Cutler is the Recreation Services Manager for the City of Westminster, Colorado in the Denver metro area; and, Peter Cosmiano is the Director of Parks and Recreation in the City of Jasper, Alabama outside of Birmingham. 

Jun 12, 2018
#194 Empowering the Use of Data in San Francisco with Joy Bonaguro, Chief Data Officer

Building capacity and empowering employees through the use of data. Joy Bonaguro, the Chief Data Officer for the City and County of San Francisco, California discusses her path to local government, her approach to data and scaling solution. She also shared why San Francisco went for the What Works Cities Certification, which she describes as something that was missing from the field because it provides a framework for government, has political durability, and is externally validated.

Jun 08, 2018
#193 The Color of Law with Richard Rothstein

Talking housing segregation and public policy. Richard Rothstein is the author of "The Color of Law," a book about a forgotten history of how the government segregated America. Rothstein discussed his book and how the segregation in our cities was caused by different government policies, not the preferences of residents. From the federal level down to local zoning and urban renewal decisions Rothstein argues that the government caused segregated neighborhoods in patterns that violate the Constitution and require remediation.

Jun 01, 2018
#192 Tear it Down & City Council Chronicles with Michael Karlik

The genius behind City Council Chronicles, Michael Karlik, is back with a new podcast. Tear It Down tells the story of North College Hill, Ohio and a "small group of outsiders wanted to change their city for the better." Michael shares why he started the City Council Chronicles, what he's learned from watching Council meetings around the world, and why he spent 10 months looking into a small Ohio town.

May 25, 2018
#191 Changing Demographics - Live from the Kansas City-County Management Conference

From data to policing, the impact of demographics. Three panelists shared their expertise on how Kansas is changing: Sergeant Amy Rhoads, from Lawrence, KS, Ileana Serrano, from the US Census Bureau, and Cathy Boyer-Shesol, from the Mid-America Regional Council. Each shared their perspective on how the workplace is changing, how Kansas is changing and more.

May 18, 2018
#190 Running for the Future with Aaron Rouse, Virginia Beach Council Candidate

From the NFL to the campaign trail. Aaron Rouse, former Green Bay Packer, is running for City Council in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He talked about why he's running for office, how local government needs to change to be more inclusive and representative of the people it serves. Aaron shared his vision for Virginia Beach, collaborating regionally and serving all residents in the city.

May 11, 2018
#189 Palo Alto's Chief Technology & Information Officer, Jonathan Reichental

Local Government IT in Silicon Valley. Jonathan Reichental the Chief Information Officer and Chief Technology Officer in Palo Alto, California shared his perspective on procurement, recruitment and civic tech. He talked about his path into local government, how cities can do a better job of making technology a part of their strategy and what he sees as trends in the field.

May 04, 2018
#188 NFBPA & Diversity with Chrstine Edwards & James Gaston

Christine Edwards, the Community Relations Coordinator for Mecklenburg County, NC, and James Gaston III, a Budget Analyst for Petersburg, VA, join the podcast to talk about the work of NFBPA and making local government more diverse. They discuss ELGL's diversity dashboard and the importance of measuring how diverse our workplaces are. They also share how to start a conversation about diversity and the importance of representation.

Apr 27, 2018
#187 The Parties vs. the People with Mickey Edwards, former Congressman

Talking public service, partisanship and policy. Mickey Edwards is a vice president at the Aspen Institute where he leads a bipartisan fellowship program for elected officials. Mickey was a member of Congress for 16 years, serving on the House Budget and Appropriations Committees and as a chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee. Mickey discussed his path into public service, the importance of writing and how political parties negatively impact democracy.

Apr 20, 2018
#186 Battling for Equality with Jenn Brown, Civic Nation Executive Director

Organizing to solve our nation's problems. Jenn Brown the Executive Director of Civic Nation joined GovLove to talk about her work fighting for social change and organizing. Civic Nation runs organizing and public awareness campaigns to empower people to address some of our biggest problems. Prior to working at Civic Nation Jenn led Battleground Texas and the Obama campaign's efforts in Ohio. Jenn shares her path into public service and experience fighting for equality.

Apr 18, 2018
#185 Public Service in the NFL & City Management with Tom & Connor Barwin

Making the world better. A father-son duo join the podcast this week,  Tom Barwin is the City Manager of Sarasota, FL and his son Connor Barwin is an NFL defensive end and Pro Browler. They talked about their influences, giving back to the community and more. Connor also shared the work of his non-profit Make the World Better and how his father's career impacted him.

Apr 13, 2018
#184 What Works Cities Certification with Simone Brody & Jennifer Park

A new program from Bloomberg's What Works Cities is recognizing and celebrating the local governments that are leading the nation in the use of data. Simone Brody, the Executive Director of What Works Cities, and Jennifer Park, the Associate Director, came on GovLove to talk about What Works Cities Certification. They share why cities should pursue certification, success stories from the first 9 certified cities and how it can be scaled to all sizes of cities.

Topics: Lightning round (3:05), What the certification program is and why it matters (6:05), The similarities between cities that applied (8:40), The blueprint for getting certification (10:35), Success stories from the certified cities (16:00), How certification helps with a cultural change toward data (24:30), Scalability of solutions for smaller cities (26:40), and How they want certification to be a national movement (31:10).

Apr 06, 2018
#183 Rethinking Procurement with Mariel Reed, CEO of CoProcure

The procurement process often frustrates local governments and vendors alike, but it seems like a process that will never change. Mariel Reed the Founder and CEO of CoProcure wants to rethink that. CoProcure is a startup that helps local governments improve procurement to promote economic development. She came on GovLove to discuss her work, the potential for a 'Common App' for procurement and the work she did at the San Francisco Mayor's Office of Civic Innovation. 

Topics: Lightning round (2:00), Mariel's career path (9:00), Her work at the San Francisco Mayor's Office (13:10), the Civic Bridge and Startup in Residence programs in San Francisco (16:25), the work of CoProcure (28:25), the case for the 'Common App' for government procurement (32:50), and what's next for CoProcure (43:50). 

Mar 30, 2018
#182 Implementing Innovation with Ben Berkowitz, CEO of SeeClickFix

The CEO and Co-Founder of SeeClickFix, Ben Berkowitz, joined GovLove to talk about civic technology and innovation. Ben described how the SeeClickFix story started with graffiti and has resulted in over 1,000,000 community members, 300 local governments and 3,000,000 issues fixed. Plus Ben and Kirsten reminiscence about how SeeClickFix helped give birth to the GovLove podcast. 

Mar 27, 2018
#181 Local Government Workforce of the Future

Balancing work and life, recruiting the best and brightest, and preparing future leaders. Three guests joined GovLove to talk about the workforce of the future and their perspectives. The panel included: Joey Garcia an Administrative Analyst in Torrance, CA; Peter Castro the Assistant to the City Manager in Indian Wells, CA; and Kristen Nelson a Sr. Executive Assistant in Indian Wells, CA and Director of Programming at MMASC.

This episode was recorded in front of a live audience at the ELGL Roadshow in La Quinta, California on January 25, 2018.

Mar 23, 2018
#180 The National League of Cities with Clarence Anthony, CEO

Clarence Anthony the CEO/Executive Director of the National League of Cities (NLC) joins GovLove to talk about the work of the organization and his path into elected office. Clarence ran for Mayor of South Bay, FL at the at of 24 and was elected by 33 votes. He shared the work being done at the NLC around infrastructure, smart cities and other issues facing cities both large and small. 

Mar 16, 2018
#40 Glass Ceiling Shattering Police Chiefs with Jeri Williams, Phoenix, AZ & Denise Turner, Gilroy, CA

This week we have a throwback episode! Two glass ceiling shattering women joined GovLove back in 2016 to talk about policing. Chief Jeri Williams, who now leads the Phoenix police department, was the Chief in Oxnard, California during this interview. Chief Denise Turner, who is now retired after 31 years in law enforcement, lead the Gilroy, California department back when this episode first aired. They each shared their path into the field of policing, what it's like being a female police officer and how the field has changed during their career. This episode will make you laugh, will make you think, and will make you want to work for these two remarkable and inspiring chiefs.

Topics: Their career paths into policing (1:55), The importance of mentors (9:05), Recruiting women into law enforcement (15:15), The perspective & skills women bring to policing (26:15), Their first year as police officers (30:10), The value that female police officers bring to the department (34:40), and the lightning round (40:45).

Mar 09, 2018
#179 The Gatekeepers, Chiefs of Staff in Local Government

The second in command and go-to person. Three Chiefs of Staff join GovLove to talk about the uniqueness of their job. From gatekeeper to stand in, Chiefs of Staff handle different things everyday. Samantha Harkins works for Mayor Andy Schor in Lansing, Michigan. Laura O'Sullivan works for Mayor Pete Buttigieg in South Bend, Indiana. James Hardy works for Mayor Dan Horrigan of Akron, Ohio. 

Mar 02, 2018
#178 Technology & Innovation in San Antonio, TX

Using tech and innovation to improve people's lives. Two CIOs, one city. Jose De La Cruz the Chief Innovation Officer and Craig Hopkins the Chief Information Officer from San Antonio, Texas joined the podcast to talk about how they work together to make the City better. They shared how San Antonio is approaching being a smart city, how they work with operational departments and more.

Feb 23, 2018
#177 Planning Peeps

Finding a human way to talk about planning. Kyle Kingma the founder of Planning Peeps and the Planning Manager for the City of Tyler, Texas joined GovLove to talk about the memes and fun spirit behind the community for planners, by planners. Kyle discussed his path into planning as well as why he wanted to start Planning Peeps.

Feb 16, 2018
#176 NBC Parks & Rec Memories with Jim O'Heir (Jerry Gergich)

A very Parks & Rec episode for you. Jim O'Heir the actor that played the lovable Jerry Gergich (or is Garry?) came on GovLove to talk about the hit NBC show, his career in the entertainment industry and more. Jim sat down with co-hosts Alyssa Dinberg and Javon Davis in Kansas City, MO City Hall to give a behind the scenes look at ELGL & GovLove's favorite show. 

Feb 09, 2018
#175 Susan Brown, Chapel Hill Public Library Director

Design thinking, pop-up coffee shops and open data in the library. Susan Brown the Director of the Chapel Hill Public Library joined GovLove to talk about running a local government library and prototyping. She also shared her Banned Books Trading Cards project, her career path into libraries and how the library engages with other local government departments in Chapel Hill. 

Right now at ELGL we're running a contest for the best Library in the nation. Go to to vote for the Leslie B. Knope Award.

Topics: Lightning round (1:25), Susan's career path into public libraries (11:40), How the library works with other departments (22:15), What goes into running a library (24:00), Using user experience & design thinking (31:15), Pop-up coffee shops in the library (36:05), the Banned Books Trading Cards project (40:50), and programming and events in a library (44:50).

Feb 02, 2018
#174 Mayor Megan Barry, Nashville, TN

Using power to make a difference in people's lives. Nashville, Tennessee's first female Mayor, Megan Barry, joins GovLove to talk about her path into public service and her time as Mayor. Mayor Barry discusses inspiring women and girls to run for elected office, diversity in local government, and Nashville's vision zero efforts.

Topics: Lightning round (2:55), The influence of her parents on her career (9:00), Her experience as a woman in politics (13:20), Inspiring women and girls to run for elected office (15:55), Women for Tennessee's Future (17:45), Diversity and inclusion initiatives in Nashville (22:10), Working with the Metro Council on issues like transportation, housing and MLS (25:35), Her career as a politician (37:25), Balancing work and life and the death of her son (42:30), and why she takes the bus to work (51:35).

Jan 26, 2018
#173 The New Localism with Bruce Katz & Jeremy Nowak

The authors of a new book, The New Localism: How Cities Can Thrive in the Age of Populism, Bruce Katz and Jeremy Nowak joined the podcast to talk urbanism and cities. Bruce and Jeremy share how localism isn't just local government solving problems, but bringing different stakeholders together to tackle big issues that cities face.

Topics: Lightning round (1:40), Mt. Rushmore of Mayors (8:15), Writing "The New Localism" after the 2016 election & Brexit (19:20), Writing as co-authors & the aim of the book (23:30), The story of Pittsburgh & localism (36:20), Dealing with homelessness through localism (39:40), Diversity in the workforce (44:55), and The issues that need to be addressed in 2018 (51:50).

Jan 19, 2018
#172 Smart City Coordinator Kate Garman, Seattle, WA

The first Smart City Coordinator for the City of Seattle, Washington, Kate Garman, joined GovLove to talk about her role and her thoughts on tech and local government. Kate revealed what a day in her job is like, what makes a city "smart" and what working in Amazon's hometown is like. She also compared working for Kansas City, MO with Seattle and her advice for those entering the profession.

Topics: Lightning round (0:45), How Kate got started in local government (5:40), Her definition of a "smart" city (7:45), A day in the life of a Smart City Coordinator (9:35), Why Seattle created her position (12:40), Comparing Seattle to Kansas City (16:30), How small cities can also be smart (18:10), Kate's work on AirBnB policies in Kansas City (20:00), Thoughts on Amazon & its new headquarters search (27:05), and Kate's advice for people starting a career in local government (34:00).

Jan 16, 2018
#171 The City of Detroit's Chief Storyteller, Aaron Foley

Aaron Foley is an author, journalist and now the Chief Storyteller for the City of Detroit, MI. He joined GovLove to talk about his position, which was created by the Mayor last year, and the unique work he's doing as a city employee. Aaron discussed his career path in journalism, the decision to take a job in local government and the importance of telling Detroit's stories.

Topics: Lightning round (2:50), Aaron's career path & influence of his parents (7:55), Standing up for Detroit after its downturn (15:15), Best books on Detroit & his mixed feelings on Detroit's comeback (20:20), Taking the Chief Storyteller job with the City (27:50), The work they did in year one (35:00), How they work with the City's communications shop (45:35), and Navigating local government bureaucracy (52:30).

Jan 12, 2018
#170 City Manager Troy Schulte, Kansas City, MO

Leading Kansas City. Troy Schulte, the City Manager of Kansas City, MO, joined GovLove to talk about leading an organization of 4,400 employees. He discussed the City's bond program, using performance and data in local government, and the Royals World Series chances. He also talked about the challenges Kansas City faces and investing in the future.

Topics: Lightning round (0:25), Troy’s career path in local government (10:20), Starting a performance office in Kansas City (15:55), The City's bond program (19:20), Using data in local government (23:20), His favorite part of his job (25:35), The challenges Kansas City faces (30:05), Importance of transportation (32:40), and The Kansas City Royals victory parade (35:35).

Jan 05, 2018
#169 The GovieLovie Awards & 2017 Year End Look Back

We take the last episode of the year to recognize our favorite episodes and interviews of 2017. GovLove hosts Kent Wyatt, Kirsten Wyatt and Ben Kittelson all handed out awards in different categories to their 15 favorite episodes. The episode also covered the most listened to episodes of the year and plans for 2018.

Topics: 2017 recap (1:05), Most listened to episodes (4:05), Segments! Best gifts & funniest ELGL thing in 2017 (7:55), The GovieLovie Awards (16:30), Looking ahead to 2018 (1:00:20), and Can't let it go (1:06:00).


Tee Hee: #155 Practical Innovation in Syracuse & Anchorage with Sam Edelstein & Brendan Babb

Data Download: #135 Harnessing the Power of Data with Leigh Tami, Cincinnati, OH

5 O’Clock Somewhere: #140 Mayor Levar Stoney, Richmond, VA

Sticky: #160 Serving with Your Whole Heart in Little Rock, Arkansas with Melissa Bridges & Susan Langley

Mind Opener: #104 Empathy & Disruption in City Management with Kelly McAdoo

Tag Team: #147 Local Government Law: Are You Tweeting Into Trouble? With Dan Bolin & Julie Tappendorf

Hire Me Now: #122 Broadening Neighborhood Engagement in Seattle, WA with Kathy Nyland

Unexpected Magic: #154 Battling Homelessness in San Rafael, CA with Andrew Henning

Knope of the Year: #143 Commissioner Denise Driehaus, Hamilton County, OH

Brought Me To Tears: #158 Managing Crisis in Gatlinburg, TN with City Manager Cindy Cameron Ogle

Dream Come True: #167 The New Urban Crisis with Richard Florida

Innovation, Baby! #105 The Wellbeing Initiative with Julie Rusk, Santa Monica, CA

Wonk: #162 Behavioral Insights & Benchmarking in Scottsdale, AZ with Brent Stockwell

Elephant in the Room: #132 Race & Diversity in the Planning Profession with Giovania Tiarachristie

I want you back again: #119 GFOA's New Executive Director, Chris Morrill

Dec 29, 2017
#168 Placemaking with the Project for Public Spaces

Creating spaces for people. Two representatives from the Project for Public Spaces, Laura Torchio and Elka Gotfryd, joined the podcast to talk about how to shape and influences places. They discussed projects that they have worked on across the country, how engagement is important to placemaking and tools for people that want to do placemaking.

Topics include: Lightning round (1:20), How Laura & Elka got into placemaking (6:45), The work of Project for Public Spaces (12:55), Their definition of placemaking (15:05), Example projects (17:50),  Importance of engagement & whether placemaking leads to gentrification (29:20), Examples of placemaking in small towns & rural areas (35:40), and Tools for placemaking (40:20).

Dec 22, 2017
#167 The New Urban Crisis with Richard Florida

The acclaimed writer, urbanist and best selling author, Richard Florida joins the podcast to discuss his new book and the challenges cities face. Richard is a professor and Director of Cities for the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto, his most recent book "The New Urban Crisis" deals with the increases in inequality and segregation cities have experienced. He discusses the book, his love of Jimi Hendrix and the three T's of technology, talent and tolerance. 

Dec 15, 2017
#166 Gathering a Tribe of Civic Innovators in San Jose, CA and The Atlas

Improving collaboration and innovation in local government. Ellory Monks from The Atlas and Kip Harkness, the Deputy City Manager of San Jose, CA, join GovLove to talk about their work. The Atlas is a marketplace for local governments to work together and learn from each other on infrastructure projects. Kip leads the Office of Civic Innovation in San Jose. They discuss everything from juggling fire and celebrity look-a-likes to improving procurement and email management.

Topics Include: Lightning round (3:40), background from Ellory on The Atlas and how it was formed (12:25), what Kip learned working for PayPal (16:00), what Kip thinks innovation is (17:20), creating a place to fail forward (21:00), how Atlas and San Jose worked together (23:55), the office of innovation in San Jose (33:10), and what Kip and Ellory look for when they're hiring (43:20).

Dec 08, 2017
#165 Pay for Success Contracting with Brian Beachkofski, Third Sector Capital Partners

Paying for the service outcome rather than the cost of implementation. Brian Beachkofski from Third Sector Capital Partners joins GovLove to talk about a new contracting model called Pay for Success contracting. He shares examples of local governments using the model and how it can be more effective in delivering services to people.

Topics: Lightning round (1:10), introducing the Pay for Success concept (3:25), examples of organizations like Los Angeles County using this model (4:40), the role of Third Sector in the process & implementing it in an organization (7:45), using data to make decisions (14:25), getting organization buy-in (19:50), and working with different levels of government (28:50).

Dec 01, 2017
#164 Player-Coach Management with Jestin Johnson, Athens-Clarke County, Georgia

Managing in a consolidated city and county government. Jestin Johnson, the Assistant Manager of Athens-Clarke County, GA consolidated government, joins the podcast to talk about his career path and management philosophy. He shared his strong opinions on parking, being a player-coach type of manager and how important town-gown relations are in Athens. 

Topics: Lightning round (0:30), Jestin's career background (4:45), what it's like working for a consolidated city-county government (10:50), skills it takes to manage very different job types (16:15), the Athens-Clarke County innovation ambassador program (18:55), working for a college town and town-gown relations (21:40), lessons from his career and Jestin's management style (24:10), and working in consulting (29:45).

This interview was recorded at the 2017 ICMA Conference in San Antonio, TX. 

Nov 24, 2017
#163 Trends in Human Resources with Heidi Voorhees, GovHR USA

Recruiting & retaining talent in local government. Heidi Voorhees, the President of GovHR USA, joined GovLove to talk about the work of finding and attracting talented local government employees. Heidi discussed her experience as a Management Fellow in Kansas City, MO with current fellows Javon & Alyssa. She also talked about the importance of LinkedIn and the drawback of residency requirements.

Topics: Lightning round (0:35), Heidi's experience as a Kansas City Management Fellow (3:30), what drew her to human resources (5:45), tech in human resources (7:00), recruiting & retaining the next generation (8:55), GovHR USA's work (10:55), the challenge of finding and attracting talent (14:50), and her LinkedIn tips (22:25).

This interview was recorded at the 2017 ICMA Conference in San Antonio, TX. 

Nov 21, 2017
#162 Behavioral Insights & Benchmarking in Scottsdale, AZ with Brent Stockwell

Brent Stockwell, Assistant City Manager of Scottsdale, AZ, joined GovLove to discuss his work on performance measurement, behavioral insights and his favorite color. Brent described how Scottsdale is taking a new approach to simplifying city reports. He also shared his thoughts on diversity in local government and how tourism has shaped Scottsdale. 

Topics: Lightning round (1:20), using behavioral insights in Scottsdale (7:40), simplifying reports & communication (19:00), managing tourism (25:15), his work on benchmarking (29:55), his thoughts on diversity in local government (38:20), and how he got into local government (43:35).

This interview was recorded from the 2017 ICMA Conference in San Antonio, TX. 

Nov 17, 2017
#161 GovLaunch, Connecting Startups & Cities with Barry Greenfield

What startups and local government can do to work better together. Barry Greenfield the Co-Founder of GovLaunch, a platform for local governments to compare and review technology solutions. Barry discusses his career path, which includes a stint as an elected official, and what local governments and startups can learn from each other. 

Topics: Lightning round (0:45), why Barry ran for local office (3:00), how local government can better engage (4:00), the mission of GovLaunch (7:00), what cities and startups can learn from each other (13:10), and how the procurement and RFP process can be improved (16:40).

This interview was recorded at the 2017 ICMA Conference in San Antonio, TX. 

Nov 14, 2017
#160 Serving with Your Whole Heart in Little Rock, Arkansas with Melissa Bridges & Susan Langley

Innovation, performance and public service in Little Rock. Two people from the City of Little Rock, AR join GovLove to talk about their work. Melissa Bridges, Performance & Innovation Coordinator, and Susan Langley, City Clerk, discuss the Commodores, their career paths and a cross-departmental quality of life group.

Topics: Lighting round (2:30), how children impacted their careers (7:45), challenges and innovations in Little Rock (10:20), communicating to the public (19:25), what they want to bring to Little Rock (23:00), thoughts on public service and balancing work and life (26:35).

This interview was recorded at the 2017 ICMA Conference in San Antonio, TX.

Nov 10, 2017
#159 Leadership & ICMA with Peggy Merriss, City Manager, Decatur, GA

Get to know the City Manager of Decatur, Georgia. Peggy Merriss joins GovLove to discuss her career in local government, which includes 24 years as City Manager and stints in leadership positions with ICMA. She talked about the projects going on in Decatur, her experience as a woman in local government and more.

Topics: Lightning round (0:50), Peggy's career background (1:45), road diets (4:30), what keeps her in Decatur and how it's changed during her career (6:40), her time as ICMA's first female president (12:30), the importance of local government (18:05), top speakers at ICMA (21:00), and advice to someone starting their career in local government (25:00).

This interview was recorded at the 2017 ICMA Conference in San Antonio, TX.

Nov 07, 2017
#158 Managing Crisis in Gatlinburg, TN with City Manager Cindy Cameron Ogle

Forest fire and emergency response. Cindy Cameron Ogle the City Manager of Gatlinburg, Tennessee joins GovLove to discuss what it was like to manage the city through a forest fire that destroyed 2500 buildings last year. She shared her experience dealing with the crisis and how both her home and the Mayor's home were lost in the fire. Cindy also discussed her leadership style and her path to becoming a City Manager. 

Topics: Lighting round (1:10), Cindy's path into local government and becoming a City Manager (3:30), the experience of the 2016 wildfires in Gatlinburg (8:15), losing her home in the fire and supporting employees (17:50), and rebuilding after the fire (27:40).

This interview was recorded at the 2017 ICMA Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

Nov 03, 2017
#157 Lean Six Sigma & Roundabouts with Jennifer Teal, City Administrator, Gahanna, OH

Leading Gahanna, Ohio and improving processes. City Administrator Jennifer Teal joins GovLove to discuss how she's used her black belt in Lean Six Sigma to improve operations and the unique way they taught residents to use roundabouts. Jennifer also shared her experience as a female City Administrator and how she balances her work and life. 

Topics: Lightning round (1:30) including her celebrity look alike and top four mentors and concerts attended. Jennifer's career path and her experience being a woman in local government leadership (5:05), what she looks for when hiring (7:40), the issues she deals with in her job (8:45) like infrastructure, growth and personnel issues. Her work using Lean Six Sigma principles and changing culture to challenge the way things have been done (14:20). Teaching residents about roundabouts (25:25). Her thoughts on diversity in local government and supporting families in the workplace (29:35).

This interview was recorded from the 2017 ICMA Conference in San Antonio, TX.

Oct 31, 2017
#156 Power to the People with Marc Ott, Executive Director of ICMA

From City Manager of Austin, Texas to leading ICMA, get to know Marc Ott. The Executive Director of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), Marc Ott, joined GovLove to discuss his career path in local government and his first year on the job at ICMA. Marc also shared his thoughts on diversity in local government as well as the importance of cities in the age of ineffective federal and state governments.

Topics include: Lightning round (0:50) including what book he's reading & his role model. What got Marc into local government (6:20), his time at the City of Austin, TX (11:50), his role with ICMA (23:50) including his thoughts on diversity, reflections on his first year and comparing being a City Manager with being Executive Director. Working with strong mayor cities and the National League of Cities (37:15) and the importance of local government (40:15).

This interview was recorded from the 2017 ICMA Conference in San Antonio, TX.

Oct 27, 2017
#155 Practical Innovation in Syracuse & Anchorage with Sam Edelstein & Brendan Babb

Open data and innovation from coast to coast. Brendan Babb, the Chief Innovation Officer of Anchorage, Alaska and Sam Edelstein, the Chief Data Officer of Syracuse, New York join GovLove. They answered questions from our listeners, talked about how innovation doesn't have to be fancy and the role of an innovation office in a city.

Oct 20, 2017
#154 Battling Homelessness with Andrew Hening, San Rafael, CA

Local solutions to homelessness and practicing radical empathy. Andrew Hening the Director of Homeless Planning & Outreach for the City of San Rafael, California joins GovLove to discuss his work reducing the homeless population in Silicon Valley. He also discussed his career path into local government, from law school to Americorps Vista. Andrew Hening took the #1 spot in this year's ELGL Traeger List of local government influencers. This episode was hosted by Javon Davis and Alyssa Dinberg, two Cookingham-Noll Management Fellows in Kansas City, MO.

Oct 13, 2017
#153 Finding Your Role Model with John Keisler, Long Beach, CA

He started as a management assistant and now he's the Director of Economic and Property Development for the City of Long Beach, California, get to know John Keisler. John was also the innovation team director in Long Beach. In this episode Kent talks with John about his career path, role models and his definition of innovation.

Oct 06, 2017
#152 The Opioid Epidemic & Reporting on Government with Ian Birrell

An international perspective on reporting and government. We're joined by a columnist and foreign correspondent during his recent trip to Kettering, Ohio. Ian Birrell a contributing editor of The Mail on Sunday and writer for several papers in London, England talked about his work as an international reporter and adviser for speech writing and crisis management. This episode was guest hosted by Stacy Schweikhart.

Sep 29, 2017
#151 Responding to Hurricane Irma with Dan Biles, Pasco County, Florida

Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida on September 10 but the preparation to weather the major storm started well before then. Dan Biles, the County Manager of Pasco County, FL joins the podcast to discuss all the work that went into preparing for Hurricane Irma and what they have left to do now. He also shared the key role social media played in the County's communications strategy before, during and after the storm.

Sep 22, 2017
#150 The Effect of Driverless Cars & Amazon on Local Government

How cities will be adjusting to automated vehicles and e-commerce. Dr. Ben Clark & Dr. Nico Larco from the University of Oregon join the podcast to discuss the impact of driverless cars and online shopping. Local governments will be adjusting through their tax and revenue policies, land use and more. These changes are already here, many brick and mortar retail stores are closing and Uber and Lyft are impacting how the public uses streets and parking.

Sep 15, 2017
#149 A 2nd Grader Interviews a County Manager about Local Government with Phil Smith-Hanes

Career day with the County Manager of Ellis County, Kansas. To celebrate the start of the new school year we have an interview between second grader Eleanor Wyatt and Phil Smith-Hanes, the County Manager of Ellis County, KS. They discuss his career path, what he likes about his job and the differences between a county and a city. 

Sep 08, 2017
#148 Managing Waco, TX with City Manager Dale Fisseler

Film permits, building applications and more. Dale Fisseler, the City Manger of Waco, Texas, joins GovLove to talk about his career and managing a college town. He also discussed the impact of the TV show Fixer Upper on the city's planning and inspections department, as well as his journey from the water department to the city manager's office.

Sep 01, 2017
#147 Local Government Law: Are You Tweeting Into Trouble?

Local government law and social media. In a new series we're exploring the legal side of local government and this week it's all about social media. Dan Bolin and Julie Tappendorf from the Ancel Glink law firm in Chicago, IL join the podcast to discuss. They talk about the cases and trends they are seeing in the legal world around social media.

Aug 25, 2017
#146 Community Outreach in Saint John, New Brunswick with Jacqueline Hamilton

Community development and managing growth in Saint John, Canada. Jacqueline Hamilton the Commissioner of Growth and Community Development joins GovLove to talk about the City of Saint John's one-stop development shop and planning for the future. She also discusses what it's like dealing with cruise ships coming to your city.

Aug 22, 2017
#145 Social Innovation in Las Vegas with Dr. Lisa Morris Hibbler

Helping kids and creating social innovation. Dr. Lisa Morris Hibbler joins GovLove to discuss her work at the City of Las Vegas, NV. She talked about how the City works closely with the school system to improve educational achievement, attendance and graduation rates. She also explained what exactly social innovation is and ranked her favorite movies.

Aug 18, 2017
#144 Love in Public Administration, Married Couples in Local Government

True love in local government. We talk with three people whose spouse also works in public administration. They discuss balancing two local government careers, discussing issues at the kitchen table and taking advantage of two networks. Justin Miller works in Lakeville, Minnesota; Dianne Miller works for Eagan, Minnesota; and Ashley Garcia works for Costa Mesa, California.

Aug 15, 2017
#143 Commissioner Denise Driehaus, Hamilton County, OH

Encouraging women and girls to get involved with local government. Commissioner Denise Driehaus is the first woman to serve on the Hamilton County, OH Board of Commissioners in 25 years. She wants to make sure that doesn't happen again, so she's starting a Women and Girls Council. Commissioner Driehaus talked about her goals for that Council and what the county is doing to battle Ohio's opioid epidemic.

Aug 11, 2017
#142 Preparing for the Solar Eclipse

Local government in the path of totality. Lili’a Uili Neville from Benton County, OR and Patrick Rollens from the City of Corvallis, OR join GovLove to talk about preparing for thousands of visitors for the coming solar eclipse. Patrick and Lili'a also share some of the disruptions to services they expect to happen during the eclipse and the strangest question they've gotten.

Aug 08, 2017
#141 All in the Family with Tom and Mike Bonfield

Two brothers, two City Managers. Tom and Mike Bonfield join the podcast to discuss what led them to public service, how they motivate employees and the toughest decisions they've made on the job. Tom Bonfield is the City Manager of Durham, NC and Mike Bonfield is the City Manager of Creedmoor, NC. Both brothers have been in local government for over 30 years including previous stints as City Managers in the state of Florida.

Aug 04, 2017
#140 Mayor Levar Stoney, Richmond, VA

The youngest Mayor ever elected to serve the City of Richmond, VA joins GovLove. Mayor Levar Stoney talked about why he wanted to run for local office, what he's learned so far in his seven months on the job and how he's working to change the culture at City Hall. Mayor Stoney discussed his vision for improving education and how the City is working to deal with the history of Richmond's Monument Avenue.

Jul 28, 2017
#139 Civic Innovation in Calgary, Canada with Jonathan Veale

GovLove International returns! Jonathan Veale from the City of Calgary, Alberta talked about how he works to inspire innovation and solve civic challenges. This includes a unique idea platform where residents submit ideas to improve their community and others vote to support them. This crowd sourcing platform, known as Civic Innovation YYC, has lead to over 600 ideas to improve efficiency and effectiveness of city government.

Jul 25, 2017
#138 Making the Move with Tanya Ange, Kristin Donald and Clay Pearson

Moving for a job opportunity is often a reality for someone pursuing a local government career. Three professionals who recently moved for a job join GovLove to give their advice and perspective on making that move. Tanya Ange is the Deputy City Manager of Boulder, CO and moved from Mankato, MN. Kristin Donald is the Finance Director in Bozeman, MT and moved from Denver, CO. Clay Pearson is the City Manager of Pearland, TX and made the move from Novi, MI.

Jul 21, 2017
#137 Reimagine Phoenix with Ginger Spencer, Public Works Director

Talking trash. Ginger Spencer, the Public Works Director of the City of Phoenix, AZ joins the podcast to talk about their ambitious waste diversion plans and the innovative programs they have to encourage economic development with trash. Ginger also shared the department's efforts to increase women in minorities in public works.

Jul 14, 2017
#136 The Role of Housing Authorities with Melissa Maddox-Evans

The need for affordable housing is an issue that cities across the country are facing. Melissa Maddox-Evans joins the podcast to discuss the role of the local Housing Authority. She is the CEO of the Housing Authority in Charleston County, SC and the General Counsel of the City of Charleston, SC Housing Authority. Melissa discusses the services housing authorities provide and how local governments can work with them.

Jul 07, 2017
#135 Harnessing the Power of Data with Leigh Tami, Cincinnati, OH

The Chief Performance Officer of the City of Cincinnati, OH, Leigh Tami, joins GovLove to discuss data and performance. She shares her background and path to local government, what she looks for when hiring and the importance of data. Leigh also shares her experience as a woman in local government and her theme song.

Jun 30, 2017
#134 Revisionist History with Malcolm Gladwell

The legendary Malcolm Gladwell joins the podcast to discuss the education system in America, social justice and the second season of his podcast, Revisionist History. Gladwell has been a staff writer at the New Yorker since 1996 and is the author of several books including David & Goliath, The Tipping Point and Blink.

Jun 23, 2017
#133 Somebody is Everybody with Pete Haga, Grand Forks, ND

Talking community relations, battling the opioid epidemic and the Uber of food trucks, meet Pete Haga from the City of Grand Forks, North Dakota. Pete joins GovLove to discuss his work as the Community/Government Relations Officer in Grand Forks and shares his experience with the Knight Foundation, being a dad in local government and more.

Jun 20, 2017
#132 Race & Diversity in the Planning Profession with Giovania Tiarachristie

Giovania Tiarachristie argues that if planning was a room, the elephant in it would be race. Giovania is the author of an amazing report exploring the barriers to recruiting and retaining planners of color. In this episode she discusses her report, the hazards of colorblindness, the value diversity can bring, micro-aggressions and so much more. Her report on diversity in planning has lessons and solutions for employers in any field or public sector organization.

Jun 16, 2017
#131 Jane's Walk with Alia Scanlon

The GovLove international team returns with the City Organizer of Jane's Walk Toronto, Alia Scanlon. She talks about the mission of Jane's Walk, an organization that puts on free, locally organized walking tours, in which people get together to explore, talk about and celebrate their neighborhoods. These walking tours celebrate the legacy of Jane Jacobs an urbanist, author and planner GovLove International is hosted by John Allore, the assistant budget director of Durham, NC.

Jun 13, 2017
#130 Reason for Running with Sara Eskrich & Hannah Lebovits

We talk running for City Council with Sara Eskrich, Alder for District 13 of Madison, WI, and Hannah Lebovits, candidate for University Heights, OH City Council. They discuss why they wanted to run for office, the challenges they have faced as women candidates and what they hope to accomplish. Sara shares her experience knocking on doors in a snow storm and Hannah talks about campaigning with her young children.

Jun 09, 2017
#129 Car-Free Planning in DC & Key West, FL with Chris Hamilton

Chris Hamilton joins GovLove to talk all about car-free transportation, planning and paradise. Chris is the Car-Free Key West program manager and former Transportation Bureau Chief for Commuter Services in Arlington County, VA. He shares how small investments in marketing can impact transportation use, the value of bike share and more.

Jun 06, 2017
#128 Attracting High-Quaility, Diverse Employees in Aurora, CO

The Intern Files is back, this time Madison Thesing interviews Michael Lawson from the City of Aurora, Colorado. Michael leads the city's special projects office and he discussed how Aurora is taking a new approach to hiring, on-boarding and culture. The "Shift" program started in August 2015 and its goal is to help Aurora attract the next generation of local government leaders.

Jun 02, 2017
#127 Public Service Perspectives from Indonesia & Singapore

This week we get an international perspective on public service from Indonesia and Singapore. Shaffira Gayatri and Jerry Lewis Ong are two Legislative Process and Governance Professional Fellows visiting the United States, and specifically Guilford County, NC. The program they are a part of is a partnership between ICMA and the U.S. State Department and allows fellows to spend four weeks in a local government learning about governance practices, accountability and transparency. Shaffira and Jerry tell GovLove about their work back home on gender equality and refugees, as well as what they have learned on their fellowship.

May 26, 2017
#126 Our Erie with the Jefferson Educational Society

Ferki Ferati & Ben Speggan join GovLove to talk about their work with the Jefferson Educational Society in Erie, Pennsylvania. The Jefferson Society has been active in creating civic dialogue, exposing residents and leaders to issues and work going on in the city as well as promoting pride in their home town of Erie.

May 19, 2017
#125 The Local Government Fellowship Experience

The latest Intern Files is back to discuss the ICMA local government fellow experience and getting started in a local government career. Madison Thesing is joined by David Nash-Hernandez, Eli Ritchie, Hunter Harris, Micah Phillips, Maia Knox & Craig Dudek. The six guests shared what they learned in their fellowship.

May 12, 2017
#124 Citizen Engagement with Matthew Crozier of Bang the Table

Figuring out the best way to get residents involved and participating in local government has been a hot topic in cities across the country. Matthew Crozier from Bang the Table has been doing engagement work around the world and came on GovLove to discuss best practices, how cities can do better and more.

May 09, 2017
#123 Lauren Lockwood Chief Digital Officer, City of Boston, MA

Lauren Lockwood, the Chief Digital Officer for Boston, MA joined GovLove to talk about technology, communications and bringing new thinking to local government. She discussed redesigning the city's website and holding government to the same standard as the private sector when it comes to digital engagement.

May 05, 2017
#122 Broadening Neighborhood Engagement in Seattle, WA with Kathy Nyland

Kathy Nyland the Director of the Seattle, WA department of neighborhoods joined GovLove to talk about rethinking neighborhood engagement. With the goal of getting more people involved her department is working to find new ways to engage residents of the city. Kathy also shares her path to local government, which started as an overly involved resident and led to her current appointment.

Apr 28, 2017
#121 Kick-Starting Local Government with Stephen Goldsmith, Harvard Kennedy School

Stephen Goldsmith, Director of the Innovations Program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the former Mayor of Indianapolis, IN joins GovLove to talk about data, innovation and more. He compared his role as Mayor with being Deputy Mayor at New York City, discusses social media in government and the work of Data-Smart Cities Solutions.

Apr 21, 2017
#120 Trends & Topics in MPA Programs

Justin Marlowe from the University of Washington Evans School & Alicia Shatteman from Northern Illinois University join GovLove to discuss what they see as the trending topics in local government. From technology to communication and the use of the M-word Justin & Alicia share what they are seeing from their MPA students.

Apr 18, 2017
#119 GFOA's New Executive Director, Chris Morrill

Chris Morrill, the City Manager of Roanoke, VA for one more day, joins GovLove to talk about his next career step. He discussed his career, which included a stint in the Peace Corps and consulting in South Africa, and how hard it was to make the choice to become the next Executive Director of GFOA. He discusses managing Roanoke through the Great Recession and how the city worked to revitalize its downtown. And learn about Chris' plans for GFOA and why he thinks it's a vital association.

Apr 14, 2017
#118 Water Works with David LaFrance, CEO of AWWA

The CEO of the American Water Works Association, David LaFrance joins the podcast to talk about his work with the professional association, the challenges to Water service, Flint and more. David also discusses his career path, which includes a stint as the Finance Director at Denver Water.

Apr 11, 2017
#117 GovLove International with Gord Hume

Welcome to the first episode of GovLove International! In this new monthly series we'll interview a local government professional from outside the US. This month John sat down with Gord Hume a speaker and advisor on local government in Canada. Gord is a former city councilor of London, Canada and has written several books on local government. In this interview he discusses his latest book, "The Leadership Crisis" an analysis of leaders in city halls. GovLove International is hosted by John Allore, the assistant budget director of Durham, NC and produced by Tony Reed, the assistant city manager of Mt. Angel, OR.

Apr 07, 2017
#116 City Attorney to City Manager with Jane Brautigam, Boulder, CO

Jane Brautigam the City Manager of Boulder, CO joined GovLove to talk about her career path and making the leap from law to management. She also shared her perspective on diversity in local government, affordable housing in Boulder and dealing with prairie dogs. Jane has been the City Manager of Boulder since 2008 and prior to that was the manager of Dublin, OH, Loveland, CO and was an attorney for several local governments in Colorado.

Mar 31, 2017
#115 Leading Mecklenburg with Dena Diorio, County Manager

The Manager of North Carolina's largest county joins GovLove to discuss her career path, building trust in government, communications and more. Dena Diorio has lead Mecklenburg County since 2014 and came to the south after starting her career in New York City and two cities in Connecticut.

Mar 24, 2017
#114 K-12 Leadership, Public Administration & Education with Chris Reykdal

Chris Reykdal is a graduate of the North Carolina MPA program, former teacher and the new superintendent of public instruction for the State of Washington. Kirsten talks with Chris about his career path, how his public administration background helps him in his new position and why local government practitioners should think about running for office.

Mar 21, 2017
#113 The ICMA President & the Intern with Lee Feldman, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

The latest installment of the Intern Files features the president! Lee Feldman, the City Manager of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, is the current president of ICMA. Madison asked him about his career path, his plans for his presidency and advice for someone new the profession.

Mar 17, 2017
#112 The City Hall Challenge Final - Peoria vs. Vancouver

The City of Peoria, IL and the City of Vancouver, WA squared off last week in the championship round of the ELGL City Hall Challenge. This March Madness style bracket asked cities from across the country to compete for the best City Hall in the nation. Kent chatted with the two finalists right before the contest closed about what they learned, how they got the word out and more. The guests were Stacy Peterson from Peoria and Sophie Banner from Vancouver.

Mar 14, 2017
#111 There's No Perfect Path to Leadership

The career ladder is becoming more of a career jungle gym, there's no one path to leadership in local government. To talk about a couple of non-traditional career paths Kirsten chatted with Amber Mathiesen, City Manager of Mt. Angel, OR, and AJ Fawver, Planning Director of Amarillo, TX. They shared how their backgrounds in records and planning prepared them for leadership positions.

Mar 10, 2017
#110 Leadership & Infrastructure with Dan Biles, Jefferson County, AL

Dan Biles, the Deputy County Manager of Jefferson County, Alabama, joined GovLove to talk about his career path, perspective on leadership and rebuilding infrastructure after a municipal bankruptcy. We discussed his jump from the private sector to government and how he models the behavior he wants to see in his employees - like leaving at 1:00 pm. Dan also shared how his military experience shaped his career and how the deputy or assistant manager role is unique.

Mar 07, 2017
#109 Guided by Public Service with Cari Anne Cashon

Cari Anne Cashon, entrepreneur and author, joined GovLove to talk about her passion for public service. She talked with Kent about her interest in local government, volunteering and You Go Girl her book that aims to inspire girls to pursue their dreams.

Mar 03, 2017
#108 A One-of-a-Kind Celebration of Hometowns

Coming to Charlottesville, VA in April is the Hometown Summit, a celebration of small and mid-sized cities across the country. The summit is a convention and celebration of leaders who have spearheaded some of the nation's most creative and successful campaigns for community change. To learn more about it and get the inside scoop GovLove chatted with one of the organizers, Carolyn Zelikow from the Aspen Institute, and a speaker, Adam Klein from American Underground in Durham, NC.

Feb 24, 2017
#107 Managing Adorable Communities

What's it like managing a community with a theme? Marvin Collins, the City Manager of historic colonial Williamsburg, VA, and Joel Walinski, the City Manager of the Bavarian themed Leavenworth, WA, join GovLove to talk about the unique challenges of managing a city with a theme. From code that requires use from the 1700s to reworking the McDonald's logo to make it Bavarian, they cover it all.

Feb 17, 2017
#106 Customer Service & Permitting How LocalGov Can Do Better

Dan Ralley the Assistant City Manager of Upper Arlington, OH and Carl Anderson from ViewPoint Solutions joined GovLove to talk about how to better serve residents in permitting. They discuss Upper Arlington's approach to e-permitting and how it put customer service first.

Feb 14, 2017
#105 The Wellbeing Initiative with Julie Rusk, Santa Monica, CA

Our fearless intern is back! The ICMA/ELGL Oregon Management Fellow, Madison Thesing talked with Julie Rusk, the Chief of Civic Wellbeing in Santa Monica, CA about their wellbeing initiative, what brought her into local government and the importance of community wellbeing.

Feb 10, 2017
#104 Empathy & Disruption in City Management with Kelly McAdoo

Taking a Silicon Valley approach to city management, Kelly McAdoo discusses her innovative approach to leading the City of Hayward, CA. McAdoo describes how customer empathy and disruption are key to better serving residents of her city. She also talks about being a woman in a leadership position and how to attract more female city managers to the profession.

Feb 07, 2017
#103 Analyst Turned Candidate with Greg Clay, Atlanta, GA

Atlanta City Council Candidate, Greg Clay, talked all about the ATL and public service. Greg earned his MPA from Kansas University and has worked in city hall as an administrator in Georgia and Kansas. He talked about the decision to leave administration behind and run for elected office, how he feels about the Falcons' new stadium and even his take on the FX show Atlanta.

Feb 03, 2017
#102 Preparing for the Snowpocalypse with Mark Vanderpool

What does it take to handle winter weather? From pre-treatment to salting and plowing the City Manager of Sterling Heights, MI talks about all the preparation and work that goes into keeping roads clear in even the harshest of winters. Mark talked about best practices and loving winter so much he has trouble sleeping before a big snowstorm.

Jan 27, 2017
#101 Disruptive Innovation in Louisville, KY

The City of Louisville, KY is one of the leaders in local government innovation and we sat down with Ed Blayney, their innovation project manager. He discussed how they used civic hacking to cut down on fires in vacant homes, how they use data to solve problems and more. Ed also gave his recommendations for favorite barbecue and whiskey in Kentucky.

Jan 24, 2017
#100 Love and Community with Hyong Yi, Charlotte, NC

We sat down with Assistant City Manager of Charlotte, NC and sock of the month club member, Hyong Yi. He shared his inspiring story of dealing with tragedy and finding the power of love and community. After the death of his wife, Hyong started a 100 Love Notes project to celebrate her life and spread love to other people. Now Hyong focuses on being a great parent and keeping love at the center of his local government work.

Jan 20, 2017
#99 Celebrating Mentor Month

January is Mentor Month! ELGL has been celebrating by telling the stories of mentor relationships and the best advice people have gotten over the years. To celebrate the month we sat down with Traca Savadogo from Tall Poppy Consulting to talk about how to mentor, what to look for in a mentor and more.

Jan 17, 2017
#98 You Can Run for Local Elected Office

Beaverton, OR City Councilor Lacey Beaty and Roanoke, VA City Councilor Michelle Dykstra join GovLove for a wide ranging interview on what it takes to run for local office. We talk to each of them individually about their paths to public service and get them together to compare notes and give advice to anyone interested in how to run for city council.

Jan 13, 2017
#97 The Blue & You, Policing & Diversity with Dr. Brian Williams

Dr. Brian Williams from the University of Georgia School of Public and International Affairs, joins GovLove to talk about policing. From community policing to representative bureaucracy we covered it all. Dr. Williams has worked with police departments and community groups across the country to improve relations between police and communities of color.

Jan 06, 2017
#96 The Year in Review with Kent, Kirsten & Ben

The three GovLove hosts, Kent, Kirsten and Ben, got together to take a look back at 2016. They each picked their Top 5 episodes of the year and discussed their selections (43:50). Segments included: The most listened to episodes of the year (0:50); Three of a kind (7:20) featuring holiday movies, ELGL memories, holiday songs and books; Listener questions (22:40); Favorite iTunes reviews (28:30); Goals for 2017 (31:20); and the episode ended with "Can't Let it Go" where each host picked something they're obsessed with right now (1:14:50).

Dec 30, 2016
#95 A Bottomless Pit of Ideas, Leaders in LocalGov Podcasting

Podcast on podcasting! Kent sat down with three leaders in local government podcasting: Dana Berchman of Gilbert, AZ host of Government Gone Digital; Benjamin Brown from the North Carolina League of Municipalities, host of Municipal Equation; and Matt Horn from Geneva, NY host of 47 Castle Street. They talked about what it takes to start a podcast, why it's a valuable communications tool and more.

Dec 23, 2016
#94 Get to Know the Queen City, Charlotte, NC

Earlier this month, GovLove hit the road and explored Charlotte, NC thanks to an invite to the NCLGBA Winter Conference. We used the conference as an excuse to talk to two awesome administrators working for the City of Charlotte, JL Lawrence and Rob Phocas. We talked to JL about public transit in the region and citizen engagement, then we chatted with Rob about sustainability and Charlotte's smart district.

Dec 20, 2016
#93 Getting a Burgh's Eye View on Innovation in Pittsburgh, PA

GovLove takes a visit to the Steel City in this week's episode. We chatted with two people from the Pittsburgh, PA Office of Innovation & Performance about their open data and innovation efforts. Debra Lam, the Chief of Innovation & Performance and Laura Meixell the Analytics & Strategy Manager discussed PGH Lab, the city's Burgh's Eye View app and more.

Dec 16, 2016
#92 Behind the Voting Booth with Tim Tsujii, Forsyth County, NC

We take a deep dive on the administrative side of elections with Tim Tsujii the Elections Director of Forsyth County, NC. We talked what it takes to prepare for an election, common misconceptions and more.

Dec 09, 2016
#91 The Power of Story with Paul Leonard, Upper Dublin Township, PA

Paul Leonard the Township Manager of Upper Dublin, PA came on the podcast to talk public safety, emergency response and his favorite podcasts. Paul has been in local government for 30 years and is still an active fire fighter.

Dec 02, 2016
#90 SimCity Influencing a Generation of Local Government Leaders

The game that launched a thousand local government careers. From future planners to city managers, SimCity inspired lots of local government leaders to pursue their chosen career. We talked with Ocean Quigley, the Creative Director at Facebook and former Creative Director at EA in charge of SimCity.

Nov 25, 2016
#89 Let's Get Innovative with Nick Kittle Adams County, CO

We sit down with Nick Kittle about his work with Adams County, CO on innovation and sustainability initiatives. Nick shares how he combats "energy vampires," and shares his definition of "innovation." Nick also gets real on the podcast, sharing his life experiences and how they have motivated him to serve the public and focus on his family.

Nov 18, 2016
#88 Swapcast with Archive Social CEO Anil Chawla

We sat down with the CEO of Archive Social, Anil Chawla to talk civic technology and the GovTech Podcast. Then the tables get turned and Anil asks Kent Wyatt about the story behind ELGL and GovLove.

Nov 15, 2016
#87 Water Wise with George Hawkins, CEO of DC Water
George Hawkins the CEO of DC Water comes on the podcast to talk about his path to local government, the innovative things the DC water system is doing and more.
Nov 11, 2016
#86 The League of Women in Government

The League of Women in Government is an exciting new group working to bring attention to the issue of gender equality in local government. Specifically they've focused on raising the percentage of women in chief administrative officer positions from 13 percent, the rate it was in 1984 and 2014. GovLove interviewed three leaders involved with the group who spoke at a symposium before the ICMA conference in Kansas City.

Nov 08, 2016
#85 Between Two Interns with Anthony Hooper, Public Works DIrector

The return of Between Two Interns! For their first episode they grill Anthony Hooper, the Public Works Director of Lake Oswego, OR. Our new interns, Ashley Sonoff and Madison Thesing, are both Fellows in the Portland, OR area. For the first part of the episode we get to know them and their path to local government. Then the interns talk with Anthony about being a manager, getting creative to advance and more.

Nov 04, 2016
#84 Election Season with the League of Minority Voters

The 2016 Election season is in the home stretch with contests at every level of government. We sat down with Promise King the Executive Director of the Oregon League of Minority Voters to talk about voter turnout, issues important to minority voters and more.

Oct 28, 2016
#83 Recapping the ELGL16 Pop-Up Conferences

On October 21st Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL) held six pop-up conferences across the country involving more than 550 local government administrators. Organizers from each of the locations come on the podcast to talk about what they were inspired by and their favorite speakers and sessions.

Oct 25, 2016
#82 Twitter & Free Speech: What's mute got to do with it?

How does blocking or muting someone on Twitter affect free speech? Angela Greben has been doing research into precisely this topic. She has been filing records requests across the country to find out who elected officials and public Twitter accounts have been muting to find out if it impacts your first amendment right.

Oct 22, 2016
#81 Local Government Website Do's and Don'ts

What's it like to launch a new city website? In an interview from the 2016 ICMA Conference in Kansas City, Mike Ekey from the City of Raymore, MO and Ashley Fruechting from Vision Internet tell the story of Raymore's process and launch. From the bid process to the ribbon cutting (yes ribbon cutting of a website) Mike and Ashley give a behind the scenes look at the process.

Oct 18, 2016
#80 The Importance of Organizational Culture with Ron Holifield

Ron Holifield from Strategic Government Resources comes on the podcast to discuss culture and how it can impact hiring and brand perception. The interview covers everything from servant leadership to how prepared local governments are for the "silver tsunami."

Oct 14, 2016
#79 Talking Kansas City, MO with Assistant City Manager Rick Usher

We sat down with Assistant City Manager Rick Usher while we were in Kansas City, MO for the 2016 ICMA Conference. He discussed the city’s new streetcar, bringing Google Fiber to the region and supporting the start-up community. Rick also shed some light on KC’s ties to history and how the city has changed in his 30 year career at City Hall.

Oct 07, 2016
#78 Dad Talk, Balancing Diapers and Budgets

It's all dad talk in this week's episode! Four guests come on the podcast to talk about balancing being a father and working in local government. Patrick Rollens (Corvallis, OR), Ryan Adams (Irving, TX), Ben McCready (Normal, IL) and Matt Yager (Plano, TX) talk about dealing with sick kids and what workplaces can do to be more family friendly.

Sep 30, 2016
#77 The Future of Libraries with Amy Garmer

Live from #ICMA2016! GovLove was in Kansas City, MO for the annual conference and found some time to sit down with Amy Garmer from the Aspen Institute and the director of the Dialogue on Public Libraries. She talks how libraries are changing, "technology petting zoos" and more.

Sep 27, 2016
#76 Barn-Raising & Battling Incivility with Julia Novak

As President of Novak Consulting, Julia Novak helps cities across the country with everything from executive recruitment to strategic planning. She comes on the podcast to talk the rise of incivility in government and the need to think of public service as a "barn raising" effort.

Sep 23, 2016
#75 Michigan Municipal League with Bridget & Kirsten

Reporting from the Michigan Municipal League conference from the top of the mitten, Bridget Doyle and Kirsten Wyatt talk about what they've learned at the conference and what they spoke on. They also end the episode with some classic jokes.

Sep 20, 2016
#74 Deciphering the New Labor Rules for Exempt Employees

The Department of Labor released new rules for exempt and non-exempt employees. In this episode we sit down with Kristin Donald, the finance manager of Apex Park & Recreation District in Colorado, to talk about what organizations are doing to get ready.

Sep 16, 2016
#73 Smart Cities with Ed Krafcik from Soofa

Soofa Benches' Ed Krafcik comes on GovLove to talk about smart urban furniture appliances. Soofa creates solar powered charging stations that double as park benches. He and Kirsten also discuss smart cities and the role of technology in government.

Sep 09, 2016
#72 Civic Tech with Chris Maddox, CEO of Seneca Systems

Chris Maddox comes on the podcast to talk about local government and technology. The conversation covered everything from his career in the tech sector to engaging citizens and creating a business environment to encourage the technology industry.

Sep 06, 2016
#71 Impacting Florida with Matt Surrency, Mayor of Hawthorne, FL

Mayor Matt Surrency joins Kent to chat about local government in Florida. They discuss his decision to run for elected office and his time as President of the Florida League of Cities.

Sep 02, 2016
#70 Modern Policing & Social Media with Captain Chris Hsiung, Mountain View, CA

Kirsten, ELGL's Executive Director, talks with Captain Chris Hsiung from the Mountain View, CA police department about everything from affordable housing in Silicon Valley, to the challenges and opportunities of a modern police career.

Aug 26, 2016
#69 Reporting on Local Government with Kate Queram

Ben sits down with Kate Queram from the Greensboro News And Record to talk about media coverage of local government. Prior to her tenure covering Guilford County, NC, Ms. Queram worked as a reporter in Wilmington, NC and Madison, WI.

Aug 19, 2016
#68 Get to know ICMA with Rob Carty

In this episode of GovLove, Kirsten talks with Rob Carty from ICMA, one of #ELGL16 sponsors. Learn about ICMA's work on local government management topics. Note: this episode of GovLove was taped before the announcement that ICMA has a new executive director, Mr. Marc Ott from Austin, Texas.

Aug 12, 2016
#67 Jim Hurley McHenry County, IL

In this bonus episode we return to Wisconsin for an interview with the Assistant to the County Administrator of McHenry County, Jim Hurley. He and Kent talk all things communications including Jim's own dive into the world of podcasting.

Aug 09, 2016
#66 Innovation Officers: Who are they, what do they do?

So what does an innovation office do? Kirsten aims to answer just that question in this three part episode with Kate Green from Peoria, IL, Josh Edwards from Durham, NC and Sam Timko from Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The three guests all share what they do each day and the goal of their organization when it comes to innovation.

Aug 05, 2016
#65 Standing Up to Gender Discrimination with Kirsten Wyatt

Kent, Kirsten and Ben were together in Wrightsville Beach, NC and used the opportunity to talk together about Kirsten's gender discrimination tort claim notice and eventual departure from West Linn, Oregon. They talk about discrimination, the step-by-step process to stand up for yourself, and Kirsten's transition from local government practitioner to ELGL Executive Director.

Jul 29, 2016
#64 What Works Cities with Zach Markovits

What does it take to make cities more innovative and efficient? What Works Cities is an organization that strives to answer that question. Kent Wyatt sat down with Director of City Programs for What Works Cities, Zach Markovits to find out more about the organization.

Jul 22, 2016
#63 The NIU Experience with Dr. Zeemering & Jon Pape

In another report from Wisconsin, Kent Wyatt talks all things public administration. Joining him from Northern Illinois University, Dr. Eric Zeemering and Jon Pape talk about their experience at the school.

Jul 19, 2016
#62 Texas Sunset Commission with Jennifer Jones

Deep in the heart of Texas. Kirsten Wyatt sat down with Jennifer Jones, the Deputy Director of the Texas Sunset Commission, to talk about her work improving the efficiency of State government. Their evaluation team takes a hard look at departments and programs asking the question, is this still needed?

Jul 15, 2016
#61 Recruiting Local Government with Heidi Voorhees

Reporting from Wisconsin Kent Wyatt sat down with Heidi Voorhees of GovHR USA to talk about recruiting in local government. He also discussed the search for the new ICMA director.

Jul 12, 2016
#60 Participatory Budgeting in Greensboro, NC

In honor of the New Fiscal Year we have a budgeting focused episode. Participatory budgeting is one of the latest trends sweeping cities across the country, we sat down with Karen Kixmiller from the City of Greensboro, NC to talk about their experience with participatory budgeting.

Jul 08, 2016
#59 Josh Schoemann, Washington County, WI Administrator

To celebrate Independence Day we're sharing this interview with Josh Schoemann the County Administrator of Washington County, WI. He discussed how his experience in the military shapes his work in local government as both an administrator and elected official.

Jul 04, 2016
#58 Data Download: Examining Women in the Profession

How many women lead local governments across the country? Is it still 13 percent, or is there more to the story? Kirsten Wyatt and Stacy Schweikart come on the podcast to discuss the latest ICMA data on women in the profession. Follow along with their article series at

Jun 30, 2016
#57 Charlotte, NC Open Streets & Community Engagement

This week we profile an innovative community engagement effort from the City of Charlotte, North Carolina. Sarah Hazel and Monica Holmes come on to talk about Open Streets 704, an event where they shut down the streets to cars and opened them to people.

Jun 24, 2016
#56 Between Two Interns with Scott Lazenby, City Manager of Lake Oswego, OR

The interns make their triumphant return! Roger Gonzalez and Mark Yager talked with Lake Oswego, OR city manager and Portland State professor, Scott Lazenby. Their conversation covered innovations in local government, getting rid of the performance review and more.

Jun 17, 2016
#55 The "Appycademy" & Communications in Appleton, WI

We sat down with Chad Doran the communications coordinator for Appleton, WI. Recently he started a citizens academy to help residents learn more about the operations of the city and engage with their local government. Our conversation also covered the challenges of local government communications and the best pizza in Appleton.

Jun 10, 2016
#54 Tackling Minimum Wage at the Local Level

Across the nation communities are dealing with the issue of minimum wage, especially in cities with rising rents. Cities and counties are taking the initiative to raise their own local wage in response. For this episode we have four California local government professionals talking about what their community has done. Guests are Kimbra McCarthy from Mountain View, CA; Matt Bronson from San Mateo, CA; and Andy Agle and Gigi Decavalles from Santa Monica, CA.

Jun 03, 2016
#53 Best Local Government Video Ever

Kent is joined this week by Brian Ligon from Round Rock, TX and Scott McDonell from Dane County, WI. These two are the brains behind Ron Pitchman and Chad Vader, the stars of two of the most creative local government videos we've seen. They discuss local government communication and finding creative ways to get your message out.

May 26, 2016
#52 Annual vs. Biennial Budgeting Smackdown

The Finance Directors of Milwaukie, OR and Canby, OR join Kirsten to discuss the pros and cons of annual budgeting and biennial budgeting. Casey Camors and Haley Fish share their experiences and trade jabs in this week's episode.

May 20, 2016
#51 Talking Finance & GFOA With Marc Gonzales

Clackamas County, OR Finance Director and incoming GFOA President, Marc Gonzales, joins us this week. Marc discussed everything from how he got into local government accounting to joining GFOA and seeing Bruce Springsteen in concert.

May 13, 2016
#50 Parks and Planning with New York City Commissioner Mitchell Silver

What's it like to manage a parks system for over 8.5 million people? For this week's episode we sat down with New York City Parks and Recreation Commissioner Mitchell Silver. He's a planner with over 30 years of experience and took the helm of the big apple's parks system in 2014 after serving as the top planning official in the city of Raleigh, NC. We discuss everything from borderless parks to gentrification and Robert Moses.

May 06, 2016
#49 The Candidates with Josh Dukelow and Jon Stehle

This week on GovLove Kent Wyatt sits down with Josh Dukelow and Jon Stehle on what it's like to run for local elected office. Everything from dealing with the pressure of debates to endorsements and fundraising. This episode was also streamed live on Periscope back on April 26th.

Apr 29, 2016
#48 Getting Millennials to Choose Government

This week we sit down with Professor Philip Joyce from the University of Maryland School of Public Policy. He recently wrote an article for Governing Magazine on what governments at every level need to do to attract millennials to the sector. We go through his five recommendations and explore how to make those changes.

Apr 22, 2016
#47 Between Two Interns with Michael Brown, City Manager of Hillsboro, OR

Intern takeover! The Oregon local government fellows, Roger Gonzalez and Mark Yager take the reigns on this week's episode. They chatted with Hillsboro, OR City Manager Michael Brown on everything from his hatred of email and why he plays with fruit to attracting businesses and engaging youth.

Apr 15, 2016
#46 BART's Plain-Talkin' Communicator

This week's guest went viral recently with his honest and straightforward tweets about the state of public transportation in San Francisco, CA. Taylor Huckaby chatted with Kirsten Wyatt about the importance of transit, why local government needs to communicate more openly and more.

Apr 08, 2016
#45 The Start-Up City with Gabe Klein & Leah Treat

Kent Wyatt sits down with Gabe Klein and Leah Treat to talk about their time in the City of Chicago Mayor's Office, Leah's work as Portland's director of transportation, and Gabe's book, "The Start-Up City." Their conversation covers everything from innovation in city government to balancing parenthood and a career.

Apr 01, 2016
#44 Public Service Alphabet Soup with Jenni Tan, City Councilor, West Linn, OR

Kirsten Wyatt sat down with West Linn City Councilor Jenni Tan to talk about the work she's done as a member of several National League of Cities committees with emphasis on developing leaders both at home and abroad.

Mar 25, 2016
#43 Gaming Urban Design with GreaterPlaces

Gaming and urban planning meet in this week's episode. Lisa Nisenson and Sarah Lewis from GreaterPlaces join GovLove to talk about how they are using a card game to help people talk about their communities. They are the minds behind 'Cards Against Urbanity' and their next project will work to help communities engage with citizens in their planning efforts through games and more.

Mar 25, 2016
#42 In Defense of Special Districts

By now you have probably heard John Oliver's "Last Week Tonight" segment on special districts where he proclaimed them, among other things, ghost governments. On this week's episode we have two administrators that work for special districts to explain the benefits of this unique form of government. Cassandra Ulven from Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue in the Portland, OR metro region and Bobbi Nance from the Park District of Oak Park, IL lend their perspective and expertise.

Mar 18, 2016
#41 Kirsten and Bridget Get Frank from the 2016 Frank Conference

Bridget Doyle and Kirsten Wyatt get together to recap their #Frank2016 experience. The Frank conference is all about public focused communication. Between quoting Damn Daniel and avoiding bats Kirsten and Bridget learned some communications tips and ideas for future ELGL conferences.

Mar 11, 2016
#40 Glass Ceiling Shattering Police Chiefs

We've got a ground breaking episode for you this week. Host Kirsten Wyatt sat down with Oxnard, CA Police Chief Jeri Williams and Gilroy, CA Police Chief Denise Turner. These two women both rose through the law enforcement ranks on their way to sitting in the big chair. Each Chief shared their perspective on women in local government, law enforcement and the work it takes to be a leader.

Mar 04, 2016
#39 The Poll of Record with Dr. Kenneth Fernandez, Elon University

It's polling season! With primaries across the nation underway and the national election coming this fall the news and internet have been flooded with poll results. Kent Wyatt talked with Dr. Kenneth Fernandez from Elon University to talk about the Elon Poll, which acts at the poll of record in North Carolina. They discussed everything from the presidential race to the nitty gritty of polling.

Mar 03, 2016
#38 Say Yes Guilford, Creating Opportunity Through Education with Mary Vigue

What if there was a way to get local governments, school systems and non-profits all working toward the same goal of improving student achievement? That's precisely the mission of Say Yes to Education. This organization works to support kids so more of them graduate high school and go to college. Ben sits down with Mary Vigue, the executive director of the newest Say Yes community Guilford County, to learn more about the program and how it works.

Feb 19, 2016
#37 Between Two Interns with Pat Martel, ICMA President & City Manager, Daly City, CA

The Oregon local government interns are back! Roger Gonzalez and Mark Yager sat down with ICMA president Pat Martel for an edition of Between 2 Interns. They chatted about everything from getting started in local government and standing out in a pile of resumes to Pat's goals for her ICMA presidency.

Feb 12, 2016
#36 Local Government Technology, Next Request and Seneca Systems

A few months ago, ELGL Co-Founder and GovLove host, Kent Wyatt sat down with two people active in the local government tech scene. His guests were, Tamara Manik-Perlman, CEO of Next Request and Chris Maddox, CEO of Seneca Systems. Their conversation covered everything from transparency in government and user experience to the Warriors win streak and celebrity look-a-likes.

Feb 05, 2016
#35 A Regional Approach with Lee Worsley, Executive Director of the Triangle J Council of Governments

This week GovLove sits down with Lee Worsley the Executive Director of the Triangle J Council of Governments in North Carolina. He explains what a COG does and the role they play in everything from elderly care to high speed internet. Lee also tells us about leading small and big counties and where he stands on the east vs. west Carolina BBQ debate.

Jan 29, 2016
#34 Resiliency In Joplin, Missouri with Sam Anselm, City Manager

After one of the worst tornados on record, many thought the city of Joplin, Missouri would never be the same. But local residents, nearby agencies and volunteers from across the country banded together to help the battered town. City Manager Sam Anselm describes what the recovery was like and how far the city of 51,000 has come in the last 5 years.

Jan 22, 2016
#33 Navigating a Local Government Career Together, Meet Bo & Michelle Ferguson

What's it like to balance a two career household when both people are in local government? Meet Bo and Michelle Ferguson, they've been doing just that for most of their careers and have found a way to make it work. Listen as they discuss their career paths, work-life balance and eggnog recipes.

Jan 02, 2016
#31 Veterans In Local Government with Will Doerfer and Darrin Tangeman

Two local government administrators who also happen to be veterans. Will Doerfer (Hyde County, NC, Special Assistant County Manager and NCACC/ICMA Management Fellow) and Darrin Tangeman (District Manager, ‎Pueblo West Metropolitan District) discuss transitioning from a military career to a local government career. Learn how local government can be more proactive in reaching veterans.

Dec 11, 2015
#29 Lets Get Ethical, Local Government Staff Debating ICMA's Two Year Guideline

Join Tim Wolff (Lake Isabella, MI), Matt Yager (Plano,TX), Mike Ekey (Raymore, MO) and Ben DeClue (Lebanon, MO) as they discuss the benefits and drawbacks of ICMA's Tenet 4, which includes a guideline directing ICMA members to serve a minimum of two years in a job. Tim, Matt, Mike and Ben bring their unique perspectives to this GovLove episode.

Nov 28, 2015
#28 Let's Get Ethical, Explaining ICMA's Two Year Guideline with Martha Perego & Julie Underwood

This week the GovLove team sits down with Martha Perego from ICMA and Julie Underwood the Assistant City Manager of Daly City, CA to discuss one of the hotly debated guidelines for ICMA members, the two year job requirement. This is part of the ICMA code of ethics and essentially encourages members to stay in a position for at least two years before moving on.

Nov 20, 2015
#26 Halloween in Chapel Hill, NC Managing Large Downtown Crowds

In honor of Halloween we’ve got a scary local government story. What would your town do if about 80,000 people descended upon it for a night? That isn’t a bad dream, it happened to the Town of Chapel Hill, North Carolina in 2007 and even in the years since, with efforts to reduce crowd size, about 40,000 costumed revelers come to the town annually. GovLove talks with Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue and interim Fire Chief Matt Sullivan about all the work that goes on behind the scenes to put this event on.

Nov 06, 2015
#24 Between Two Interns, Meet Roger Gonzalez & Mark Yager, the Oregon Local Government Fellows

We introduce a semi-recurring series called 'Between Two Interns,' and talk with the Oregon Local Government Interns. Roger Gonzalez and Mark Yager discuss everything from their impressions of Oregon to the term millennials and the projects they're working on.

Oct 23, 2015
#22 Millennials in the Workplace, a Conversation with Cam Marston

In this episode of GovLove, we talk with Cam Marston, an expert on the impact of generational change and its impact on the marketplace. As an author, columnist, blogger, and lecturer, he imparts a clear understanding of how generational demographics are changing the landscape of business. Recently, Cam shook things up at the League of California Cities Conference during his presentation on generational differences. Several ELGL members took notice and engaged in a lively Twitter discussion focused around some of Cam’s research and comments.

Oct 09, 2015
#17 The Asheville Budget Explorer with Eric Jackson & Tony McDowell

Anyone that works in local government knows that the annual budget is one of the most important efforts an organization goes through each year. But getting citizens involved can be challenging. Our two guests on today’s episode of GovLove has made efforts to make the City of Asheville, NC more open so that more citizens can get involved and be heard. Eric Jackson is the CEO of DemocracyApps and Tony McDowell is the Budget & Financial Reporting Manager for City of Asheville, NC.

Sep 18, 2015
#15 Tom Lundy, County Manager, Catawba County, NC

From intern to County Manager. Tom Lundy has become a legend in Catawba County, NC. He's been the Manager at Catawba for 36 years as well as served as the President of ICMA, the National Association of County Administrators, and the North Carolina City-County Management Association. In this GovLove Episode, Lundy talks about his perspective on local government, how things have changed during his career, and some of his advice.

Aug 28, 2015
#14 We Love Local Government with Glen Ocsko

"A computer beat me once at chess, but it was no match for me at kickboxing." Glen Ocsko is chock full of these kinds of equal parts hilarious and true -isms for local government folks. As the founder of and a private consultant for public sector digital solutions in the United Kingdom, he knows what he’s talking about.

Aug 20, 2015
#13 Reducing Domestic Violence with Catherine Johnson, Family Justice Center, Guilford County, NC

Guilford County recently opened its own Family Justice Center with the vision, "To protect the vulnerable, stop the violence, restore hope, and make our community safer." This episode of GovLove is with Catherine Johnson the Director of the Guilford County Family Justice Center and the person who was tasked with getting the center up and running.

Aug 14, 2015
#12 Social Media in Local Government, Lori Hall, West Linn, OR

How can governments up their Twitter followers? Increase traffic to parks? Lori Hall, the Citizen Engagement Coordinator at the City of West Linn, breaks down her social media strategy.

Aug 06, 2015
#10 Increasing Women in Leadership, Gender Equality in Local Government

GovLove Co-Host Kirsten Wyatt and Bridget Kozlowski, Community Relations Director for Sterling Heights, MI, dive into the important issue of increasing the percentage of women in local government. These two women have been champions in leading the conversation on how to speed up the glacial pace of women entering into the local government space.

Jul 24, 2015
#6 Budgeting & Engagement in Durham, NC with Bertha Johnson & John Allore

Two guests from the City of Durham, North Carolina join GovLove to discuss budgeting and engaging residents in the budget process. Bertha Johnson, Director of Budget & Management Services, and John Allore, Assistant Director of Budget & Management Services, share what's going on in the Bull City. From an E-Town Hall to Coffees with Council, learn about what they're up to.

Jul 09, 2015
#5 Local Government Finance with Casey Camors, Milwaukie, OR

GovLove Co-Host Kirsten Wyatt interviews Casey Camors, the new Finance Director of Milwaukie, Oregon. They discuss her unique path to a leadership position in Finance plus her passion for working in local government. 

Jul 09, 2015