Council-Manager Relations

March 13, 2019
01:00 pm - 02:30 pm ET


Registration closed.


This ICMA University Online Classroom webinar provides tools to help build and maintain a positive relationship with your council.

diverse group of businessmen and businesswomen talking around table in a meeting

A strong council-manager relationship is an important component for an efficient local government, as conflict with elected officials can muddle policy direction, hamper innovation, and hinder service delivery, among other consequences.

While these effects can hurt staff performance and reduce public confidence in your organization, there are a number of steps your local government can take to avoid these pitfalls and establish a bond of mutual respect and understanding.

During this session you will discuss:

  • How to communicate clearly and effectively with elected officials
  • Approaches to dealing with council members wanting to become involved in matters within the manager's purview
  • Strategies for handling disputes with council members
  • How to effectively plan and conduct orientations, meetings, and retreats


  • Kevin C. Duggan, West Coast Regional Director, ICMA
  • Cheryl Hilvert, Midwest Regional Director, ICMA


Event Details


  • March 13, 2019
  • 01:00 pm 02:30 pm ET
  • Registration Deadline: 03/14/2019


  • Member Price:$149.00
  • Non-Member:$249.00


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