Friday, January 22, 2010

Keeping extra busy with training, recruitments, and goal setting

It has been a busy few weeks here at the City:

Emergency Training
Many city staff, along with staff from SOU and the City of Medford, have been participating in a weekly training regarding the National Incident Management System (NIMS). NIMS is the system put in place by the Federal Government to ensure local entities are able, as much as their resources allow, to handle emergencies.

In the NIMS training we have been learning about Incident Command leadership structure, required Federal forms, common terminology, and how to pre-plan (as much as it is ever possible) for the types of emergencies most likely to affect our city (such as; fire, flood, and earthquake.) In light of the tragedy currently happening in Haiti, the training has taken on an extra bit of timeliness for those of us participating.

IT Director
Last Thursday and Friday we interviewed the top five candidates for Information Technology Director. The general consensus amongst those who were involved was that the process was good, the candidates were excellent, and that no matter what the final decision is we will end up with a very good IT Director. We hope to announce the name of the new director in the next couple of weeks. A special thanks especially to everyone who participated in the process.

Goal Setting
Tomorrow, the City Council will have a special meeting regarding goal setting. They will review the current list of Council Goals and make any necessary modifications, additions or subtractions. Thank you to everyone who gave feedback on the goals, vision and values during our August and September public feedback time. Your input has already proven to be very helpful to the Council as they entire into the annual goal setting process. For those who have not yet taken a peek at the responses from our community, they can all be found here.