by Julia D. Novak, ICMA-CM; Tanisha Briley, ICMA-CM; and Dr. John Nalbandian

Understanding the various roles of elected officials and how the CAO and staff can best support them.

Management is a supporting and essential role in local governance. Management supports the organization, the community, and, of course, the governing body. There is a dance that managers must do with their elected officials as they navigate the curved and blurry line between politics and administration, but this symbiotic relationship is built on the foundational premise that management is a supporting role.

Just as a manager’s role changes with each situation they encounter, the role an elected official plays also shifts and changes. In 2016, we began working to define the various roles that local elected officials must play and identify how those roles relate to effective governance. Since that time, we have worked with dozens of elected bodies to understand these roles, the activities associated with each role, and how elected officials envision enhancing their own effectiveness.

These insights can be valuable to managers as they fine tune their “support role” and understand what can be done to help their elected body in governing effectively together.

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Indigenous Corporate Training Inc. has 20 years of experience as a national leader in Indigenous relations training. Our Working Effectively with Indigenous Peoples™ for Local Governments course was developed to aid municipal employees specifically and to be a guide to fostering sustainable, long-term partnerships between municipal governments and Indigenous communities. Book your municipal team for this training by e-mail or take advantage of our upcoming Virtual Live-Guided courses on January 25th PST or January 26th EST, 2023. Learn, ask questions and interact live along with our talented trainers and other learners. Virtual Live-Guided Registration Here.


2023 CAMA Conference Scholarship Program Deadline: November 30th, 2022. New This Year: Category for New CAOs.  Through the Scholarship Program, CAMA provides eight scholarships for the registration fee (in the amount of $725.00) for the Annual Conference (two to young professionals pursuing a career in local government; two to members working in municipalities located north of the 60th parallel; two to members from smaller municipalities, and two to new Chief Administrative Officers).  Click here for further details and the application form.

Deadline for Expression of Interest for the 2023 CAMA Awards of Excellence Jury: November 30th, 2022

CAMA’s Awards of Excellence Program encourages the improvement of the art of municipal management to recognize the specific contributions achieved by members of the Association, and to publicize these to other members as well as to the general public. The 2023 CAMA Awards Committee is Chaired by Board member Vincent Lalonde (Board representative for British Columbia and City Manager for the City of Surrey). We are seeking five additional members. Details were sent to your inbox last week and the deadline for applications is Wednesday, November 30, 2022. Regular, Retired and Honourary Life members are welcome to apply. For questions e-mail

Webinar Hosted by Canoe Benefits: Tuesday, December 13th, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. EST.

CAMA's Platinum Partner, Canoe Benefits, will be hosting a webinar entitled "Pivoting Towards Virtual Health Care". This session will highlight the employee and employer benefits of virtual health care; and will help you navigate the virtual health services available including, mental health care, primary care and care management, pharmacy, and health coaching. Watch for more details soon!

2023 CAMA Annual Conference - May 29-31, 2023

The Board and Program Sub-Committee are working on the final touches to the Conference Program which will be launched at the end of January 2023 along with the on-line registration. The Host Committee have some amazing Pre-Conference activities and Study Tours that you won't want to miss! The hotel room block for the May 29-31, 2023 CAMA Conference at the Deerhurst Resort is open. If you haven't booked your room yet visit the Conference website for details.

Save the Date: Thursday, January 26, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. EST.

Webinar Hosted by CAMA's Business Partner Hotspot Parking: "Digital-First Parking: Proven Results One Year On".


The Ship-source Oil Pollution Fund (the Ship Fund) has a mandate to compensate victims of oil pollution damage (including preventive measures costs) caused by any ship or boat in Canadian waters. The Fund for Railway Accidents Involving Designated Goods (the Rail Fund) compensates victims of damages caused by a major crude-by-rail accident, after railway companies have paid damages up to the amount required by law. To contact us visit the CAMA website.

Le mandat de la Caisse d’indemnisation des dommages dus à la pollution par les hydrocarbures causée par les navires (la Caisse maritime) est d’indemniser les victimes de pollution par les hydrocarbures (incluant les frais encourus pour mesures préventives) causée par n’importe quel type de navire ou de bateau, dans les eaux canadiennes. La Caisse d’indemnisation pour les accidents ferroviaires impliquant des marchandises désignées (la Caisse ferroviaire) indemnise les victimes de dommages causés par un accident ferroviaire majeur impliquant du pétrole brut. L’indemnisation commence dès que les compagnies de chemin de fer ont payé le montant complet exigé par la loi. Pour nous contacter, visitez le site Web de l'ACAM.

Neptune is a technology company serving water utilities across North America. We make data actionable by providing effective measurement tools, networks, software, and services designed or the critical work of water.  To contact us visit the CAMA website.

Neptune est une entreprise technologique qui dessert les services publics d'eau partout en Amérique du Nord. Nous rendons les données exploitables en fournissant des outils de mesure efficaces, des réseaux, des logiciels et des services conçus pour le travail critique de l'eau. Pour nous contacter, visitez le site Web de l'ACAM.


Without time or resources to engage in a full-scale DEI plan? Here's a list of ideas to get started.

By ICMA Members Jeff Weckbach, Township Administrator, Colerain, Ohio, and Justyn Miller, Assistant Village Administrator, Berkeley, Illinois.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion, DEI. These terms are often cited by our colleagues as critically important areas that we need to work on, but we sometimes lose focus on these issues as we move forward with our work plans and strategies for future years. You may find yourself in a community that is politically opposed to this type of work, your residents may be opposed to the idea of DEI, you may not have the support of key decision makers inside the organization, or you may simply find yourself without time or resources to engage in a full-scale DEI plan. While these challenges certainly exist and are not always easy to overcome, there are still things that we all can do to make progress on DEI in our communities. Learn more here.


We are excited to launch the Call for Presentations for the 2023 ICMA Annual Conference, September 30 - October 4 in Austin/Travis County, Texas.


If you can contribute to and/or present a session on leading practices, ideas, or innovations in local government related to the session tracks listed below, submit a proposal through the online platform by Friday, December 16, 2022, 11:59 p.m. (ET).


Not only is this a great opportunity to give back to the profession, but also a chance to share your expertise, experiences, your "how we did it" case studies and workable strategies with your peers that address the challenges you face every day.


We are accepting submissions for session presentations and speakers for the following presentation tracks:


Timeless Local Government Principles

◉ Strategic Leadership

◉ Service Excellence

◉ Local Government Tools and Skills

◉ Democracy, Civics, and Civility


Visit the website for details about each of the session tracks.

Submissions from small communities (under 10,000 population), assistants/deputies, counties or with an international focus/speaker are strongly encouraged.


William Fletcher, Chief Administrative Officer, City of St. Albert, AB

Steve Jack, Chief Administrative Officer, Town of Spirit River, AB

Carly Siopis, Strategic Initiatives Officer, City of Charlottetown, PEI

Susan Arns, Town Manager/Clerk, Town of Logy Bay-Middle Cove Outer Cove, NL

Ted Robbins, Chief Administrative Officer, Capital Regional District, BC

Brian Lima, Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, General Manager of Engineering, Planning & Enterprise, County of Elgin, ON

Brenda Ottenbreit, Chief Administrative Officer, RM of Mervin, SK

Dorian Wandzura, Chief Administrative Officer, Rocky View County, AB

Shanon Kalra-Ramjoo, Acting Director, Business Excellence and Operational Performance, City of Vaughan, ON

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