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Spring 2017
News from the MPA Program
Merced's Anti-Corruption Efforts Leave Room for Growth
By Mary-Michal Rawling, first year MPA student

The City of Merced recently did an odd thing: it refused to pass an anti-corruption ordinance.  The proposed ordinance was drafted in response to unethical interference in the bid process for a public contract.  Even more ironic was that the ordinance was stopped dead in its tracks by the same type of people whom the ordinance would have prevented from unfairly influencing the public process.  

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Ralph Gigliotti: Five Critical Competencies for Public Administration Leadership
The work of city and county managers is complex and dynamic: complex due to the many challenges facing local governments across the country and dynamic due to the dizzying changes impacting communities and their citizens. These challenges and changes come at a time when public confidence in elected officials remains historically low (Pew Research Center, 2015). Given these various factors, city and county managers have both an opportunity and obligation to build trust with their various constituents through the practice of effective leadership.

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Did You Know?
  • Josey Hazelton, first year MPA student, recently won a highly selective summer internship with the U.S. Department of Transportation
  • Peter Ishaya, MPA alum 2016, was recently hired as an Assistant Management Consultant for Stanislaus County's Chief Executive Office
  • Wendy Olmstead, MPA alum 2014 and POPA lecturer, welcomed a new grandson, Haydyn Oliver, in October 2016
  • Dr. Wellman welcomed his third son, Owen Andrew, in October 2016
  • Our 2017 cohort will be graduating on Thursday, May 25th at 6 pm. Mark your calendars!
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Call for Articles
Have an idea for an article? Want to develop your resume or vita? Consider writing a brief piece for The Exchange. Submissions should be 300 words or less and cover an area of interest to students of public administration.

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