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Gentrup appointed interim director of the KU Public Management Center — Patty Gentrup is serving as interim director of the University of Kansas Public Management Center. She is filling the vacancy created when Laura Howard resigned to serve as interim director of the Kansas Departments of Children and Families and Aging and Disability Services. Gentrup has been with the center for the past year as the manager of consulting services. She served as the city administrator of Liberty, Missouri, for six years and worked in management consulting for 14 years.

Rivarola hired as city administrator in Basehor — The Basehor City Council appointed Leslee Rivarola as the new city administrator. She will begin her duties on Feb. 4. She previously served as the city administrator of Lake Lotawana, Missouri. Rivarola has held numerous positions in public service including in code enforcement and public works.

Lamb joins Grandview Finance Department — Former Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Chief Financial Officer Conrad Lamb joined the city of Grandview, Missouri. Lamb recently retired from Lee’s Summit and is now leading the Grandview Finance Department on a part-time basis while Deputy Finance Director and Assistant City Administrator Kirk Decker is on military leave.

Kansas City, Missouri, rebrands Office of Performance Management — The Kansas City, Missouri, Office of Performance Management changed its name to DataKC. The change represents the evolution of the city’s investment in data-driven management. DataKC is implementing a scope of services that demonstrates the city’s use of data: customer feedback; managing with data; continuous improvement; and data storytelling.

Shawnee considers building a new community center — On Monday, Feb. 11, the Shawnee City Council will consider whether to put a potential community center on a ballot. The city completed a recreation center master plan study last year, and held public meetings in January. If the city adds the measure to a ballot, voters would decide whether they would approve a mill levy increase to fund a new community center.

Blue Springs calls for election to amend its city charter — On April 2, voters in Blue Springs, Missouri, will consider amendments recommended by its Charter Review Commission in December. Voters established the city’s Home Rule City Charter in 1994. The charter mandates establishment of a new commission to review and recommend changes from time to time, but no less than every five years.

State of Missouri will audit Raytown — The State Auditor’s Office received the required number of signatures and will be performing an audit of the city of Raytown. The city will pay the estimated cost of $75,000–$100,000 upon completion of the audit. Raytown City Administrator Damon Hodges is committed to working closely with the audit team.

Merriam non-discrimination ordinance in effect — The city’s recently approved non-discrimination ordinance officially took effect on Jan. 22. The ordinance prohibits discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations on the basis of an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity.


Board of Directors — In January, the MARC Board approved a new slate of officers for 2019. The next MARC Board of Directors meeting is Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019. The agenda will be online one week before the meeting.

2019 Budget and Work Plan — In December, the MARC Board of Directors adopted the 2019 Budget and Work Plan. The budget is now consolidated with the annual work plan to demonstrate how resources are tied to MARC’s eight policy goals. Staff revised the document to deliver financial and program information in a reader-friendly format. Questions about the budget and work plan should be directed to Carol Gonzales.

Managers Roundtable focuses on the next generation of city/county managers — The next Managers Roundtable luncheon is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 8. This luncheon will include a discussion with emerging city/county managers, who will share their perspectives on retention and staff development. Panelists include:

  • Kristen Ayers — Resource, Performance and Strategic Planning Manager (Independence, Missouri)
  • Danielle Dulin — Assistant to the City Manager (Lenexa, Kansas)
  • Leslie Herring — Assistant City Manager (Eudora, Kansas)
  • Jose Leon, Jr. — Assistant City Manager (Spring Hill, Kansas)

The buffet and networking will start at 11:30 a.m. and the program begins at noon. The luncheon will be at MARC's conference center, 600 Broadway, Suite 200, Kansas City, Missouri. Please register online by noon on Wednesday, Feb. 6.

2019 Managers Roundtable dates — Dates, topics and locations are now available for all Managers Roundtables in 2019. The programs were designed in response to input from roundtable participants. Please note that the December meeting is on Wednesday, Dec. 18, to avoid a conflict with the KACM Annual Conference.

Kansas City Regional Purchasing Cooperative (KCRPC) news — KCRPC offers individual workshops and webinars upon request. Please contact Rita Parker to schedule a session, participate in bids or sign up for the KCRPC newsletter. The MACPP vehicle metro bid is in effect for 2019. The re-bid process for the water and wastewater chemical contracts will begin in March. Agencies interested in participating in the process may contact KCRPC for details.

First Suburbs Coalition addresses housing — The First Suburbs Coalition will devote its 2019 programming year to issues of affordability, preservation and diversity in housing. Meeting dates are available online. A planning subcommittee is working to finalize three sessions focusing on framing the issue, financing and housing stock stabilization, and small-scale development. The goal is to identify regional strategies that can be implemented across jurisdictional lines. For more information, contact Lauren Palmer.

Local governments begin planning for 2020 census — The federal government will be conducting the 2020 census in the first quarter of next year. The MARC Board recently authorized the formation of a Regional Complete Count Committee to bring community partners together to promote response to the census. The regional committee and MARC staff will support and coordinate with local committees. MARC is also seeking recommendations for community members to serve on the regional committee. Please contact Catherine Couch to share information about local committees and any recommendations for the regional committee.

Planning underway for the Public Service Youth Career Expo — The event, led by CORE4 and open to all local governments, is held every other year to promote awareness of local government careers to area youth. This hands-on event will be at Bartle Hall on Nov. 7. Please encourage a member of your human resources team to participate in planning meetings held on the third Thursday of every month from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. at the MARC conference center. For more information, contact Annette Vaughn.

2019 Salary Survey — MARC is again offering the Compensation Salary Survey (CSS) for local governments to easily obtain peer compensation data for the region. Fees are due by Friday, March 8, and updated salary data is due by Monday, April 1. Please ensure that your human resources staff is taking advantage of this tool. A representative from your community is invited to a focus group on Wednesday, April 3, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in the MARC Board Room. The purpose is to gather suggestions that you have about the annual local government salary and fringe benefits survey. The goal is to implement any desired improvements in advance of the 2020 salary survey.



MML sample small cell deployment ordinance — The Missouri Municipal League prepared a sample ordinance for use as a template to comply with the Uniform Small Cell Wireless Facility Deployment Act adopted by the Missouri General Assembly in 2018.

New hope for local ROW control — Mayors express optimism that a new House bill could counter the Federal Communications Commission order preempting local authority over 5G wireless deployment. Learn more from Route Fifty.

Infrastructure bill is likely, but funding is uncertain — Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO) told the National Council of County Association Executives to expect a bipartisan infrastructure package this year. Learn more from NACo's County News.

Welcome signs promote inclusion — Hayward, California, uses city welcome signs, bumper stickers and business windows to renounce racism and promote an equitable, compassionate community. Learn more from ICMA.

Federal government shutdown impacts state and local governments — Hardest hit communities near Washington, D.C., estimate loses in sales and income tax revenues. Learn more from Governing.

How will automation and AI affect the workforce? — About 45 percent of jobs in the Kansas City region are susceptible to automation, but the impacts are complicated — yielding both benefits and stress alike. Learn more from Brookings.


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