100 Days | Collaborative Culture
Note: This is the second in a series of updates on my progress toward my 100 Days Plan. You can read the full plan on my web site.
BUILDING A COLLABORATIVE CULTURE AMONGST THE CITY COUNCIL
Many of us noted the lack of collaboration and productivity of the prior Council. A collaborative culture begins with strong leadership. As your mayor, I have worked over the past 100 days to understand the values and goals of each council member, and to establish a common understanding of expectations and priorities.
This process began in January through one-on-one meetings with each council member to get to know one another, discuss goals that each may have, and learn how I can best support their work. All of these meeting were completed by February and I believe they were effective in forging working relationships with each member. I’m pleased that each council member has joined me in helping to organize and host Pomona Beautiful Clean-Up days in each of their districts, as well as community meetings to share our city’s finances. These actions are positive signs toward greater collaboration amongst your city leaders.
A critical next step is to hold a council retreat, which has been scheduled for April. A professional facilitator has been retained to lead us through a process of articulating key priorities for the city in the near-term, identifying desired outcomes, and specifying action items to be pursued. Programming at the retreat will also address roles and responsibilities of elected officials, and help us understand how we can be most effective in our work, The City Council and I are excited to participate in this collaborative dialogue, and look forward to sharing the outcomes of the retreat with the community.
Mayor, City of Pomona
Next time: Making Engagement with Residents Foundational to Decision-Making