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File #: 19-1639    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Department Report Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 12/6/2018 In control: Council and Authorities Concurrent Meeting
On agenda: 1/31/2019 Final action:
Title: Overview of City Council Operational and Strategic Priority Setting Sessions
Attachments: 1. October 2018 City Manager Community Letter, 2. Proposed Budget Principles 2019-20, 3. Unfunded Projects and Infrastructure, 4. City Auditor’s Annual Audit Workplan for FY2018/19 (mid-year) and 2019/20, 5. Session Slides for Day 1, 6. Session Slides for Day 2
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Overview of City Council Operational and Strategic Priority Setting Sessions

I want to thank the City Council for assigning two-days to review the state of the organization, advancements of policy priorities, and key data that provides direction on managing the City going forward. I have spent the last year observing and engaged in dialogue with employees, stakeholders, and the community in order to become more informed on our major lines of business as well as opportunity areas. With my first year completed, my understanding is more thorough and, in some cases, further reinforces my initial observations from last year.

I continue to believe strongly that our highest priority and focus is remaining fiscally stable because, all of our public services depend on it and, without it, we cannot continue to provide our community with a broad range of quality services and maintain the high performing workforce that serves our City. Equally as important is our workforce, which is our greatest investment and asset. As a service organization, our employees are the key to the high ratings the community gives the City and it is important to review the care, training/development, and workplace that we provide to retain and recruit our valued and talented employees.

Last year, during the Council's Priority Setting Session, I spent quite a bit of time on reviewing the State of the Organization and the major administrative gaps that existed (i.e. manual processes, risk management and the absence of modernized enterprise-wide systems). Although many of these gaps still exist, we are making significant strides towards addressing them, as I will present at this year's session.

Improving administrative processes are foundational to a high-functioning workforce. As we discuss some of the progress in these process areas, this year's main focus will move the conversation to addressing workforce needs. Both pr...

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