Newly Elected Officials: 2014 Leadership Conference


9:30 a.m.
Pre-conference Session for Mayors Only: So Now You’re the Mayor!
Attend this session, sponsored by the Minnesota Mayors Association (MMA) and the League, to learn about the top 10 things you’ll want to know as you assume your duties as a new mayor. Enjoy casual conversation with a panel of seasoned mayors who will help you get off on the right foot.

12 p.m.
Registration Opens

12:45 p.m.
Conference Welcome

1 p.m.
The Big Picture: Your Role as a City Leader
Carl Neu, Neu & Co.
Featured speaker Carl Neu brings an inspiring 20,000-foot view on your responsibilities as a new city official. Get insights into the dynamic tensions of public office, and learn how to both persuade and collaborate with others to get extraordinary things done for your city.

2 p.m.
What City Councils Can & Cannot Do
Desyl Peterson, Former City Attorney, Minnetonka
Learn how city officials are both empowered and limited by law in their responsibilities. In this nuts-and-bolts session, you will better understand a city council’s capabilities and limitations.

5 p.m.
Social Hour and Networking
Use this opportunity to relax and meet elected officials from neighboring cities—network and enjoy!

6 p.m.

7 p.m.
Comments from LMC Staff

7:30 p.m.


8 a.m.
Finance Fundamentals for the Newly Elected Official
Dan Jordet, Director of Administrative Services, Otsego
Get steady on your financial feet! Learn the “nuts and bolts” of city finance and the importance of making budget decisions that are sustainable over the long term.

10:45 a.m.
Legal Realities
Tim Kuntz, Attorney, LeVander, Gillen and Miller
This two-part session will help you recognize the legal landmines that could land you and your city in trouble. Explore the open meeting law, conflict of interest, the Minnesota gift law, data privacy, and personal liability from an elected official’s perspective.

12:15 p.m.

1:15 p.m.
Legal Realities (continued)

2:45 p.m.
Government as a Team
Carl Neu closes the conference with wisdom and advice for working effectively with your fellow elected officials and city staff.

4 p.m.