An agency’s professional staff will be an important source of information for newly-elected officials. If your agency does not have an orientation for newly elected officials, make an appointment to get acquainted.
Some questions to ask include:
What issues does the agency executive see as most pressing?
What process does the agency use for developing and approving its budget? What are the key budgetary challenges?
What is the status of long-range plans and capital projects?
Are there other key staff members with whom the official should meet and be briefed by, based on their particular interests?
Other information on staff/elected issues appear below.