Session 1 Agenda

Thursday, January 30

Session 1 will take place at the Texas Municipal Center, First Floor Conference Room, located at 1821 Rutherford Lane in Austin.

8:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 8:45 a.m.
TCMA President Kenneth Williams, City Manager, City of Buda

8:45 – 9:15 a.m.
Making the Connection
Hear about networking opportunities, which are key elements to the city management profession.
Moderator: Corby Alexander, City Manager, City of La Porte

9:15 – 10:00 a.m.
How Did We Get Here? A History of the City Management Profession
This session will address how the council-manager form of government evolved in the State of Texas.
Speaker: Dan Johnson, City Manager, City of Richardson

10:00 – 10:15 a.m.

10:15  – 10:45 a.m.
Basic Duties of a City Manager 
Addresses ICMA Practices Groups 3 (Functional and Operational Expertise and Planning), 5 (Quality Assurance), 6 (Initiative, Risk Taking, Vision, Creativity, and Innovation), and 10 (Budgeting)
What does a day in the life of a city manager look like? In a nutshell, what are the essential responsibilities of a city manager?
Speakers: Kenneth Williams, City Manager, City of Buda; and Brad Stafford, City Manager, City of Navasota

10:45 a.m. – Noon
How To Overcome Unconscious Bias in Decision Making
Addresses ICMA Practices Group 3 (Equity and Inclusion)
This session discusses how to identify unconscious biases in the workplace and strategies to overcoming them.
Speaker: Debbie Maynor, HR & Management Solutions

Noon – 12:30 p.m

12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
The Ethical Realities of Public Service
Addresses ICMA Practices Group1 (Personal and Professional Integrity)
What are the basic concepts of public sector ethics? What practical, specific procedures can you establish to help make ethics an integral part of your personal and professional life? This session fulfills the ethics training requirement for new members.
Speakers: Hugh Walker, Deputy City Manager, City of Bryan

2:30 – 2:45 p.m.

2:45 p.m – 4:00 p.m.
Council, Manager, and Staff Relations
Addresses ICMA Practices Groups 4 (Staff Effectiveness); 6 (Strategic Leadership); and 14 (Communicating and Information Sharing)
How do city management professionals establish and maintain successful relationships and work effectively with the city council and city staff?
Speakers: James Fisher, City Manager, City of Brenham

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Roundtable Discussions with Area City Managers
Speakers: Jay Abercrombie, City Manager, City of Henderson; Sereniah Breland, City Manager, City of Pflugerville; and
Brad Stafford, City Manager, City of Navasota

Friday, January 31

8:00 – 8:30 a.m.    
Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
The Fundamentals of Budgeting and Finance
Addresses ICMA Practices Group 12 (Financial Management and Budgeting)
How do you develop a fiscally-sound budget for your city? What policies and procedures can you adopt to help maintain the stability of your organization’s finances?  
Speakers: Josh Selleck, City Manager, Kilgore; and Brant Gary, Assistant City Manager, City of Bellaire

10:00 – 10:15 a.m.

10:15 – 11:45 a.m.      
Municipal Law 101
Addresses ICMA Practices Groups 8 (Policy Facilitation and Implementation); and 13 (Human Resources Management and Workforce Engagement)
Which basic municipal laws must you be familiar with? Statutes covering such issues as open government, ethics, employment, and purchasing will be discussed.
Speakers: Texas Municipal League legal staff 

11:45 a.m. – Noon    
Tying it All Together
Moderator: Corby Alexander, City Manager, City of La Porte