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April 2015


Free Statewide Membership to Alliance for Innovation Available through MRSC

Free Statewide Membership to Alliance for Innovation Available through MRSC

April 30, 2015 by Josh Mahar
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Earlier this year we kicked off an exciting initiative to help local governments look toward the future and push into the next level of organizational performance. As part of that initiative, we’ve partnered with the State Auditor’s Office’s Local Government Performance Center, to secure free membership to the Alliance for Innovation for all local governments in Washington. With membership typically costing a jurisdiction between $1,000 and $8,250, this is a truly fantastic opportunity! See below for membership access details.

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Hiring the Right Person: Screening Your Applicant Pool

Hiring the Right Person: Screening Your Applicant Pool

April 29, 2015 by Marci Wright
Category: Recruitment and Hiring , HR Advisor

This post is the fourth in MRSC's series on the hiring process: Hiring the Right Person

You are a busy manager trying to fill a vaca...

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A Brief History of the Development and Passage of Clark County's Home Rule Charter

A Brief History of the Development and Passage of Clark County's Home Rule Charter

April 29, 2015 by Nan Henriksen and Steve Foster
Category: Forms of Government-County

At the beginning of 2015, Clark County became Washington's seventh county to adopt a home rule charter. The charter transitioned Clark County's form of government from a traditional commission form to a “council-manager” form, replaced the three-person commission with a five-member council, and provided citizens with the powers of initiative and referendum. The process of adopting a home rule charter was years in the making, including several failed attempts. But in the end, after a diligent process of developing a solid charter, voters approved what they believe to be a stronger, more effective form of government for the county. The following is a brief summary of how Clark County’s citizens developed and passed a home rule charter in the 2014 general election.

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Important New Guidance Issued Regarding Agency Text Messaging

Important New Guidance Issued Regarding Agency Text Messaging

April 24, 2015 by Joe Levan
Category: Public Records Act

If you’re an official or staff member for a local government in Washington State and you sometimes use text messaging to conduct agency business, or you’re thinking about doing so, there are unique legal considerations related to texti...

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Filling Gaps in your City’s Streetscape

Filling Gaps in your City’s Streetscape

April 23, 2015 by John W. Carpita, PE
Category: Streets and Sidewalks

Your city likely has locations where undeveloped lots are platted, or just exist, without the full range of improvements that are required in today's subdivisions – and now you have folks who want to build on these lots. A likely scenario is ...

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Changes to Washington Law Require Timely and Complete Responses to Unemployment Claims

Changes to Washington Law Require Timely and Complete Responses to Unemployment Claims

April 17, 2015 by Sarah I. Hale
Category: HR Advisor , Termination

In response to a federal mandate requiring states to restructure their unemployment insurance laws, Washington has adopted a new law, which affects how some employers should respond to Washington’s Employment Secu...

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Government of the Future: Introducing the Government Performance Consortium

Government of the Future: Introducing the Government Performance Consortium

April 14, 2015 by Larisa Benson
Category: Government Performance Advisor , Government Performance Consortium

Government agencies today are not much changed in structure or culture from their predecessors of past decades.  In stark contrast, citizens’ expectations for speed and service accessibility – driven by the information age – exce...

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Sick Leave Benefits for Local Government Employees, Part 2: Framework for Issue Assessment

Sick Leave Benefits for Local Government Employees, Part 2: Framework for Issue Assessment

April 10, 2015 by Cabot Dow
Category: HR Advisor , Leave Policies

This is part two of a four-part series on the subject of sick leave benefits for local government employees, focusing on identifying issues to think about and questions to discuss regarding paid sick leave benefits.

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Ongoing Public Employer Investigations of Alleged Employee Misconduct: PRA Issues

Ongoing Public Employer Investigations of Alleged Employee Misconduct: PRA Issues

April 8, 2015 by Bob Meinig
Category: Public Records Act

The Washington State Supreme Court issued an interesting decision last week addressing, primarily, whether the names of public employees that are the subject of ongoing investigations of unidentified, alleged misconduct are exempt from disclosure under the Public Records Act (PRA).

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Communication, Communication, Communication

Communication, Communication, Communication

April 2, 2015 by Bob Jean
Category: Management , Council-Commission Advisor

In real estate or economic development discussions we hear it’s all about location, location, location. When it comes to good governance, whether in Council-Manager or Mayor-Council-Administrator forms of local government, it’s all about communication, communication, communication.

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