Michael Carney and Bill Davignon thought they had experienced the ultimate election cliff-hanger in 2001. Their race for a seat in the Niagara County, New York, legislature was so close that it was thrown to the courts, eventually taking 38 days to decide.
In January of 2000, Governing's cover story highlighted the miraculous relationship that Mayor Jerry Brown and City Manager Robert Bobb had forged in an attempt to revitalize Oakland ["Mayor Brown & Mr. Bobb"].
When Amy Sinnwell, an elementary school teacher in Iowa, paid her property taxes, she wasn't expecting to get any money back. But she ended up getting $500 from the Iowa State County Treasurers Association's "Get Back" contest, which gave an award to one randomly chosen taxpayer who filed online.
Shortages of key personnel, an aging workforce, budget pressures on employee rosters: These are difficult times for state and local managers to maintain a rank-and-file workforce that can deliver services to meet current needs.