Leading Local Government – Public Service Management at #MACoCon

On Tuesday afternoon of MACo’s Winter Conference, be sure to attend our panel on leading local governments.  

Managing a local government is one of the most awesome and, at times, baffling things someone can do in life. The responsibility is heavy for anyone, but it can be even heavier for those new to the world of government. The campaign trail is full of great ideas, but when the rubber meets the road, elected officials and those they appoint will be the ones ultimately held accountable. Understanding how to manage a large public bureaucracy is the greatest skill elected and appointed leaders need to be successful.

Title: Leading Local Government – Public Service Management

Description: While there are similarities between managing in the public and private sectors, when the rubber meets the road, they are more different than similar. The dynamic between elected leaders, appointed officials, and career or merit workforce can sometimes be complex to manage, especially in counties with both legislative and governing bodies. Leaders must balance politics and policy, while also considering community input and the technical aspects, roadblocks, and possibilities of the work at hand. This session provides insight and best practices for newly elected officials who find themselves managing a government for the first time.


  • Roberta Windham, County Administrator, Carroll County  
  • Tara Jackson, Chief Administrative Officer, Prince George’s County 

Moderator: Laura Everngam-Price, 2022 MACo President  

Date/Time: Tuesday, January 3, 2023; Noon – 12:30 pm  

MACo’s Winter Conference, “Hit the Ground Running,” will be held at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Hotel in Cambridge, MD from January 4-6, 2023 (with a pre-conference orientation for new county officials on January 3).

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