The Massachusetts Municipal Management Association held its annual boot camp for new town managers virtually on Oct. 14.

The half-day session kicked off with a panel of managers and assistants who shared their experiences in municipal management, covering topics such as developing relationships with elected officials, managing staff, community participation, and establishing work-life balance.

Next, three communications directors/public information officers explained their roles and responsibilities and the steps other towns can take to create this relatively new municipal position.

The meeting also included a Finance 101 session and a look at the important relationship between town manager and assistant town manager.

More than 100 attendees participated in the meeting, ranging from those seeking to join the profession to seasoned town managers.

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