CITYWIDE: PUBLIC SECTOR RECRUITMENT EFFORTS

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CITYWIDE: PUBLIC SECTOR RECRUITMENT EFFORTS
Problem Identification:
The City has had very limited success in attracting established and successful private sector business leaders and top managers to serve in the municipal government.

Recommended Action:
Actively recruit business leaders and senior-level managers to serve in the municipal government.

Classification:
Organizational

Functional/Operational Area:
Citywide

Estimated Annual Impact:
Cannot be Estimated

Estimated Implementation Costs:
None

Barriers to Implementation:
None

Projected Implementation:
Ongoing

Next Steps:
The current Administration should give strong consideration to directly approaching successful leaders in the regional business community and asking them to either serve in City government or identify other promising candidates from the private sector.

Analysis:
The vast majority of City government’s top leadership and policy-making posts are filled by career public servants. While in no way seeking to diminish the qualifications of career public servants and their contributions to improving the City government, the current Administration’s support of this management and efficiency study initiative’specifically designed to infuse City operations with a business perspective’is a testament to the value-added benefits that can accrue to the public sector through the introduction of a private sector outlook. It is undeniable that many of the executive volunteers that participated in this series of reviews were considerably intrigued by the professional challenges faced by top managers in the public sector. Despite the long hours, lower compensation packages (in relation to the private sector), and other obstacles present in public sector employment, a number of project participants expressed real interest in working in the public sector. This amounts to a tremendously attractive pool of managerial talent that the City needs to begin to access.