Newly Elected Officials Orientation Materials

Overview

Orientation Materials for Introducing Local Government to New Audiences

In addition to your agency’s own materials (policies, calendars, staff rosters, etc.), the Institute’s resources can help electeds, staff and community members understand the roles and responsiblities of local government officials and local government agencies.

The Institute’s is currently offering materials relating to these topics:

  • Responsibilities and Powers
  • Budgeting and Finance
  • Leadership Skills
  • Making Decisions
  • Engaging the Public
  • Public Trust & Transparency
  • Working with the Media
  • Working with Staff
  • When Bad Things Happen

Note that, in some cases, similar information is presented in different ways. For example, the list below includes comprehensive publications Understanding the Basics of Local Agency Decision-making, The People’s Business: A Guide to the Public Records Act, and Understanding the Basics of Public Service Ethics: Personal Financial Gain Laws. For those agencies that simply want pieces of this publication (or want the information with fewer graphic elements), specific pieces of those publications are also provided.

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