Ms. George has the qualities of a good Town Manager as long as she does not take the biases of her fiance.

I have always had my own set of ideas of what a good Town Manager represents, and these are listed below. As for Vanessa George, I can see where she has many of these qualities at the onset. When looking at the beautiful Ms. George, one does not see color but warmth, intelligence and someone of quality. My only fear, as may be the fear of others, is that Ms. George may take on the biases of her fiance who obviously has a great dislike for police, law and order and white people.

• A Town manager must be a leader rather than just a manager
• A Town Manager is someone who will identify a vision and “sell” it to others – the council, staff and the community and move forward.
• The ideal Town Manager should have strong diplomatic skills since he or she will be working for numerous bosses while trying to motivate his or her staff and others around him or her.
• Since it is important for everyone to have a common goal and work toward those common objectives, a Town manager must be skillful in developing a very strong vision that people can support.
• The Town Manager must be able to read a community so that the public may be comfortable with him or her.
• A Town Manager must be able to relate to a community and have good listening skills to feel the pulse of the community. This means being very involved in community events, by engaging in the community and making sure the organization does so as well.
• The Town Manager’s values, his or her personal values and the values of the organization you are leading have to be in line with community values.
• The Town Manager must be at the heart of the Town’s use of funds. The Town Manager is the one who proposes the allocation of resources.
• A Town Manager must become an expert at time management using techniques to reduce interruptions and have ideas for refocusing.
• A Town Manager must know when to ask for help. He or she may use the people around you or ask willing citizens to assist when resources are short. Ask especially people who do something better than you do, tell them what you need and give them the opportunity to step up.
• The Town Manager must separate important issues from the urgent issues.
• The Town Manager must not be afraid to change his or her mind. When more information is received and one realizes that he or she is wrong, not changing one’s mind would be worse.
• The Town Manager fights to make certain the resources are there and take the initiative to reduce local costs
• A Town Manager must keep the entity fiscally strong. If money needs to be borrowed, the Town Manager fills in the gaps between tax receipts and improved bond ratings, keeping interest rates down in short term and long term loans.
• The Town Manager is a professional rather than political appointment, and that good experience in one community can be carried over to the next.
• A Town Manager must be able to identify problems so he or she knows what to do.
• A Town Manager manages results not how one manage the why. If a Town manager has a clear objective of what is wanted, that will work.
• A Town manager must be seen in public, be engaged and involved with the various programs and clubs. The Town manager is the human face to the entity he or she represents.
• The Town Manager’s role is to keep employee morale up at all time and to create a place, an ambiance, where people feel they are contributing.
• The Town Manager must be fair so that you earn the respect of people by setting an example
• A Town Manager cannot rely on one person to do it all. It must be a team effort. If he or she sets an expectation as a “modus operandi” for your immediate staff, he or she will accomplish a team effort.
• A Town Manager must be familiar with the Town Charter, all ordinances and the laws of the State and must follow them.
• It cannot be just a job for a Town Manager. A Town Manager must take ownership and be a stakeholder, not just go to sleep and work for the Town. Love your job every day and change the Community and the world.
• A Town Manager must ask staff what they do and what staff believes is a waste of their time. Question reports that collect data which is never used. In other words the Town Manager eliminates unnecessary work from the workplace.
• A Town Manager must get rid of people who do not share the vision, mission and passion of the entity because they will cost you in the long run. Hire the right people.
• A Town Manager must hire the best and smartest people he or she can find and brainstorm with them to solve problems. Give your staff the tools they need, delegate and allow them to do their job.
• A Town Manager must be an excellent communicator not only being able to go before a large audience but to talk at council meetings
• Again the Town Manager must develop good listening skills. The Town Manager has been hired to listen. When people bring issues to his or her attention, he or she should not start by telling them what to do but rather listen to them. That is a difficult task since we are always under the illusion that we know the answers. A Town Manager must be able to analyze and receive new information.

Karin for the blog

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