Chris M. Lindsey

Dad. Assistant City Manager. Surviving.

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My Local Government Motivation


If you work in local government management and ever need a motivational boost, these are the sources I look back to:

L.P. Cookingham on his management philosophy, originally published in ICMA’s Public Management magazine in 1956. Also see the ELGL’s post on the topic.

The Effective Local Government Manager from ICMA.

This City, This Man: The Cookingham Era in Kansas City by Bill Gilbert.

A New Lindsey!


We’re adding to our family! Sometime around November there will be a new Lindsey family member, and Cocoa will have to share attention with someone else.


Emily and I were married on Saturday!  I’ll have links to pictures soon, but for now, here’s our song:

Joining JeffCo

I hinted at it in my last post, but I’m excited to start a new job today.  I’ve been asked to start as a Budget Analyst for Jefferson County, Colorado.

I’m working in the Budget &  Management Analysis Division of the Administrative Services Department.  And I have a new office and everything.

I’m very happy to continue on at Jefferson County, and Emily and I are rooting quite a bit deeper in the JeffCo community.

Aspects of the Manager’s Job

From John Nalbandian, 1999 Public Administration Review, “Facilitating Community, Enabling Democracy: New Roles for Local Government Managers”:

Many aspects of the [city or county] manager’s job remain the same: keeping the council informed, providing continuity and stability, telling the council what it does not necessarily want to hear, and balancing short-run interests against a long-run, “greater good” perspective. The difference between now and ten years ago is in the emphasis on the facilitative role of the manager.

This is my chosen and learned profession, and I’m excited.

Moving Goverments Using Open Source CMS

I have decided to move Governments Using Open Source CMSs over to a new website, FollowYourGov.

I started FollowYourGov to chronicle the use of social media and social networking in governments.  I hope to show governments taking advantage of social networks to connect with their citizens.

You can find Governments Using Open Source CMSs over at FollowYourGov.

That Southern Charm

15 Ways to Charm Her, from Southern Living (July 2009).  A must-read for gentlemen, with or without the Southern charm.

Last Day as Intern with Unified Government

City Hall of Unified GovernmentToday I completed an internship with the Budget Office of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas.

It was a little sad to leave this afternoon.  I’ve worked with my boss and coworkers for nearly a year, and made a certain bond with them.  You know people are dedicated when they are sitting at a budget work session after midnight (here’s the tweet to prove it), after arriving at work at 8am that morning.  A close bond forms at times like those.

I’ve also learned the Unified Government (and it’s funds and departments) inside and out.  And I’ve met so many people that serve the citizens of Wyandotte County and Kansas City every day.

And I’ve bugged all of these wonderful public servants.  From learning to do accounts payable and trying to understand the fund structure, to surveying busy people for school projects, I know a lot of people have helped me without complaint.  Thank you all.

Unified Government LogoI have learned so much from my boss, my coworkers, and everyone else.  It is my hope that I contributed just as much in my time with the Budget Office.  I’m going to keep this post short, but I have many more thoughts about learning at the Unified Government and my experiences, most of which made it into a Moleskine or two.

As a side note, there were lots of events that took place at work.  Of note are seeing the Thunderbirds practice over Kansas City and witnessing a massive wreck on the way to work (and how social media got pictures of the wreck on the evening news).

Thank you, Unified Government.

Heading to Colorado in May

jeffco_logoI have some exciting news, which I first noted on my Facebook wall a while ago: “Chris Lindsey will be heading to Colorado in June for a great work opportunity!”

I will be going to Denver in May for a new job.  Well, not just me – Emily will be joining me!  Emily and I will be moving out to somewhere in west Denver shortly after she graduates from UGA in May.

I’ve accepted a position with the government of Jefferson County, Colorado.  I will be working a full-time internship to complete my the requirements for my degree from the University of Kansas.

Jefferson County is immediately west of Denver.  The county seat is the City of Golden, the home of the Coors Brewing Company (and the mountain stream from the commercials).  JeffCo is known as the Gateway to the Rocky Mountains, and the beauty shows it.  When I was interviewing for the job, I could look out the office windows and see the Rockies.

I’m really excited about working for Jefferson County.  They are very innovative and were featured last July in ICMA’s Public Management magazine for their method of prioritizing county services.

And they have a county blog (here) that’s advertised prominently on their homepage.  How unique is that?!  The very first post on Conversations with JeffCo was from the County Administrator.  He even responded to concerned citizens in the comments.

So the next few months will be hectic.  But I will update everyone after Emily and I get settled in.

PS – I cross-posted this to Facebook.

Now Using Hybrid News Theme

If you noticed the new look on the site, I recently changed to the Hybrid News theme (from Theme Hybrid).  I began using the MNML theme exactly a year ago today  (total coincidence, really) and I loved it the whole time.  MNML is a beautiful theme that allows for integration of asides along with regular posts.  But lately development on the MNML theme has fallen by the wayside, and it hasn’t supported many of WordPress’ new features (gravatars and threaded comments come to mind).

I’ve been looking around for the past, well, months for a new theme, and I’ve finally decided on Hybrid News.  It is a great looking theme, it’s very professional, and I hope everyone here likes it.  And if you don’t, let me know.

If you notice any problems with the site, please PLEASE please contact me or post a comment.

I’m going to mention what I customized after the jump.

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