Decision-making in the public sector is a much different process than what they are used to in the private or nonprofit sector.
The materials below describe some key differences.
Local agency governing bodies make policy and
spending (fiscal) decisions.
When a public agency makes a decision, the guiding principle must
always be what best serves the public’s interests, not the
personal self-interests of the decision-makers.
To expedite meetings and reserve time for matters that need to be
discussed, many local agencies have a section on their agendas
labeled as the “consent calendar.”
This handy, four-page pamphlet summarizes the kinds of issues and
financial interests that ought to trigger a conversation with
one’s agency counsel about what the law requires.
Because of transparency requirements, virtually all of the
conversations among a quorum of members of city councils, boards
of supervisors and special district boards occur at public
Local agency officials wear different decision-making hats.
Because of the often-collective nature of public agency
decision-making, the concept of a quorum is
The League of California Cities has developed a number of open
government resources, including:
The Institute interviewed local elected officials to get their
input on what kinds of information newly elected officials
Staff, do you need help with orientation materials? Check out ILG’s carefully selected resources for newly elected officials on core local government concepts.