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August 2015


Taking Deliberate Steps to Improve The Development Permitting Process

Taking Deliberate Steps to Improve The Development Permitting Process

August 31, 2015 by Steve Butler
Category: Land Use Administration

A look at how Redmond, Renton, and Kittitas County improved their permit processes using lean.

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The PRA Applies to Work-Related Texting on a Personal Cell Phone

The PRA Applies to Work-Related Texting on a Personal Cell Phone

August 28, 2015 by Joe Levan
Category: Court Decisions and AGO Opinions , Public Records Act

In a highly anticipated decision on the Public Records Act (PRA), the Washington Supreme Court on August 27, 2015 issued its opinion in Nissen v. Pierce County. The court, in a unanimous decision that includes some revelations, held that “text messages sent and received by a public employee in the employee’s official capacity are public records of the employer, even if the employee uses a private cell phone.”

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A Few Simple Tips for Presenting Financial Information to Non-Financial Audiences

A Few Simple Tips for Presenting Financial Information to Non-Financial Audiences

August 27, 2015 by Tracey Dunlap
Category: Finance , Finance Advisor

Presentations of financial information are a routine part of municipal operations; however, they are not always the most widely anticipated. Tracey Dunlap provides some good tips for making your data more understandable.

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Washington Court Holds Ballots Secret and Not Subject to Public Disclosure

Washington Court Holds Ballots Secret and Not Subject to Public Disclosure

August 25, 2015 by P. Stephen DiJulio
Category: Open Government Advisor , Public Records Act

The 2015 court decision White v. Skagit County and Island County concluded that ballots are exempt from disclosure due to the vital government function of holding secret ballot elections.

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Lean on Me: Supporting Your Staff Through the Lean Process

Lean on Me: Supporting Your Staff Through the Lean Process

August 21, 2015 by Larisa Benson
Category: Performance Management-Measurement , Government Performance Advisor

Where many lean initiatives go wrong is focusing too much on getting rid of waste and not enough on investing in the people.

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Sick Leave Benefits for Local Government Employees, Part 4: Establishing Clear Policies

Sick Leave Benefits for Local Government Employees, Part 4: Establishing Clear Policies

August 18, 2015 by Cabot Dow
Category: HR Advisor , Leave Policies

Part 4 in this series provides some review, guidelines for establishing clear policies, summation, and attempt to wrap up the subject for now.

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Top Picks: Innovation-Friendly Culture, Fireable GPS Trackers, and “The Big One”

Top Picks: Innovation-Friendly Culture, Fireable GPS Trackers, and “The Big One”

August 10, 2015 by Byron Katsuyama
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Interesting issues from recent news scans include the importance of listening to your employees, using GPS to track criminals, and preparing your citizens for "the big one."

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Ballot Measure Results from the 2015 Primary Election

Ballot Measure Results from the 2015 Primary Election

August 5, 2015 by Steve Hawley
Category: Elections

A roundup of the more interesting ballot measure results from the 2015 primary election.

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