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Better Together: Ohio and Kentucky Local Government Management Summit

Save the Date!

We are excited to announce that the 1st annual “Better Together: Ohio and Kentucky Local Government Management Summit” will be held on August 8, 2024 in Anderson Township, Ohio. 

The Planning Committee is currently working on the schedule of events, and more details will be shared soon. To design a high-quality program that is of value to members, the Committee has opened up a Call for Proposals. You are encouraged to submit a proposal for a conference session here: https://www.ocmaohio.org/events/ohio-kentucky-local-government-conference/

Proposals are due by May 20, 2024.

2024 OCMA Call for Internships

On behalf of the Leadership Development Committee, we are reaching out with an exciting opportunity to elevate internship programs within our member cities and counties.

As you know, fostering and attracting young talent is crucial for the future of local government. Internships play a vital role in this process, offering hands-on experience and nurturing the next generation of public servants. To build a robust pipeline of future leaders, we’re creating a comprehensive list of internship opportunities across OCMA. By sharing your openings, you’ll gain access to a wider pool of qualified candidates.

To add your postings:

  • Visit https://www.ocmaohio.org/login/ and log in to your OCMA account.
  • Post your internship opening just like you would share a full-time position but select “internship” in the drop-down menu under “Job Type”.
  • Make sure you put a deadline to fill the position so we can keep our list current.
  • Link to the actual posting on your website so candidates know how to apply!

Thank you for your commitment to building this valuable resource. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions at ocmaohio@gmail.com. 

Tom Bay Former Westerville City Manager, Co-Founder of OCMA Passes Away

Tom Bay, the former City Manager of Westerville and a co-founder of OCMA, passed away on June 14th. In addition to his service in Westerville, Tom worked in local government positions in Pittsburg, Kansas, Cherry Hill, New Jersey and Springfield, Ohio before working for the Ohio Board of Regents.

Tom wrote in his obituary that “being city manager of Westerville was my professional beginning, my honor, and one of the best periods of my life. As our family moved around the country, I worked with hundreds of dedicated, public servants. Mentors who influenced, guided, encouraged, and inspired me were Bob Mott, first city manager of Delaware, and Ed Temple in Danville, VA, along with Westerville’s Red Bailey, Jim Grissinger, and Dick Rano, who remained a treasured and life-long friend.“

His full obituary can be found here: https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/name/thomas-bay-obituary?id=55346789

Mark Schwieterman to serve as Interim City Manager in Vandalia

The City of Vandalia has entered into a contract with Shared Resource Center for Interim City Manager Services.

Mark Schwieterman of Shared Resource Center will serve in the role of Interim City Manager until a permanent City Manager is appointed.

Schwieterman is well-known in the Dayton region, having served nearly 17 years as City Manager of Kettering.

“I’m excited to be able to step in on an interim basis to help the City of Vandalia through the process of finding a permanent manager,” Schwieterman said. “Vandalia has an excellent reputation in the region, and I’m proud to be able to play a small role in moving the community forward.”

Schwieterman’s first day in the office will be Monday, June 17

Shannon Meadows: Harrison Township

Shannon Meadows was hired as the township’s first female administrator in April 2024. Prior to working for Harrison Township, Mrs. Meadows held the position of Community Development Director with the City of Springfield. Mrs. Meadows has more than 20 years of public administrative experience.

In this role, Mrs. Meadows managed the daily operations of the department and oversaw various crucial areas such as Housing and Urban Development entitlement funds, grant management, Planning, Zoning and Code Enforcement, Building Regulations, Development Programs, Housing Rehabilitation, Fair Housing and Mediation, Minority Business Development and community reinvestment initiatives.

Mrs. Meadows holds a Master of Public Administration from the Edwin O. Stene School for Public Administration and a Bachelor of Art in Political Science and Management from Wittenberg University in Springfield, OH.

OCMA Funding Next Generation Internships: Apply Today

The Ohio City/County Management Association (OCMA) announces the relaunch of the “Next Generation” Internship Program. This initiative aims to cultivate the future leaders of local government management by attracting talented undergraduate and graduate students to the profession. Through this program, OCMA will provide financial support through reimbursement to member cities interested in creating internship opportunities and fostering a pipeline of passionate individuals committed to public service.

For priority consideration in the current budget cycle, which ends on June 30, applications must be submitted by 9:00 AM on June 19, 2024. Applications will be reviewed by the Leadership Development Committee on the afternoon of June 19, with recommendations to be presented to the Board on June 20, 2024.

Applications should be submitted to OCMA’s Leadership Development Committee for review at ocmaohio@gmail.com, Attn: Mariah Butler Vogelgesang.

OCMA Internship Guidelines

Internship Funding Application

ICMA Career Compass 107 – The Business Case for Workplace Belonging

In this digital age, we are more disconnected than ever. A lack of connection hurts organizational effectiveness. Micro-actions can boost workplace relationships and productivity.

By Dr. Frank Benest | May 01, 2024

“Belonging”—I like it. What is it?
Let me define what I mean by “belonging.” Belonging is when you feel that you matter to others; people care about you (not just what you produce); you feel supported; you have a “seat at the table;” and your opinion counts.
In her book Never Enough, Jennifer Wallace defines the closely related concept of “mattering.” Mattering means you are secure in your relationships with others and feel seen, cared for, and understood. People are interested in you and what you have to say; they share your successes and support you when you fail; and they rely on you for help.


Disconnection Hurts Business
“Belonging” may seem like a squishy and difficult-to-define term. Yet there is a very strong business case for all organizations, including local governments, that promoting belonging and work friendships matter. Gallup research indicates that having a “best friend at work” is strongly linked to higher levels of engagement, productivity, adaptability, and retention. (See Jon Clifton, “The Power of Work Friends,” hbr.org, Oct 7, 2022.)

Americans are now more likely to form friendships at work than at any other place, including at school, in their neighborhoods, or at their place of worship. Work friendships promote social connection and support, better communication, and collaboration, especially during times of change. In addition, the quality of relationships ranks first out
of 12 key factors in terms of determining job satisfaction. Unfortunately, only three out of ten employees report that they have a best friend at work. (See Jon Clifton, “The Power of Work Friends,” hbr.org, Oct 7, 2022.)