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April 2012


A Conversation with Fred Jarrett Part 2: Lean Principles

A Conversation with Fred Jarrett Part 2: Lean Principles

April 27, 2012 by Lynn Nordby
Category: Management

Dow Constantine came into office as the King County Executive in 2010 with an ambitious reform agenda that was quickly set in motion through the county’s new strategic plan and some key...

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King County's New Management: Failing Forward and Other Good Ideas

King County's New Management: Failing Forward and Other Good Ideas

April 26, 2012 by Tracy Burrows
Category: Management

A Conversation with Fred Jarrett, Part 1
In 2010, newly-elected King County Executive Dow Constantine tapped Fred Jarrett to be his deputy to help carry forward an ambitious reform agenda.  Recently, Lynn Nordby, MRSC management consultant, and I sat down with Fred to capture his ideas on organizational...

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Seattle Councilmember Richard Conlin on Civic Engagement

Seattle Councilmember Richard Conlin on Civic Engagement

April 20, 2012 by MRSC
Category: Public Participation

This post from Seattle Councilmember Richard Conlin reflects his insights from years of experience in working with neighborhoods to manage conflict and develop consensus on controversial growth and land use issues. He stresses that successful outcomes start with a well-designed civic engagement process.

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Addressing Disruptions at Public Meetings

Addressing Disruptions at Public Meetings

April 17, 2012 by Ramsey Ramerman
Category: Open Public Meetings Act , Legislative Body , Guest Author

When members of the public disrupt a public meeting, the disruption poses several challenges for the governing body. A recent incident at a local school district highlights the procedural hoops a governing body must go through if they attempt to address the disruption by adjourning the meeting and reconvening it in another location. A recent federal case from California exposes liability risks...

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