Workshops & Training


MMA's Roles of Elected Officials and Municipal Managers workshop sponsored by the Maine Municipal Association – 10/15/19

Location: Bridgton Town Hall, 3 Chase St., Ste 1, Bridgton, ME 04009
Time: Registration: 4:00 p.m. |  Workshop: 4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Cost: MMA Member Municipality/Patron: $55 | Non-Member Municipality: $110
Presenters: Pam Plumb, Co-Founder of GreatMeetings! Inc.; Don Gerrish, Eaton Peabody Consulting Group; David Barrett, Director of Personnel and Labor Relations, MMA

Who Should Attend:
This workshop is geared for municipalities with Manager/Administrator form of government. Councilors, selectmen, managers and administrators: this workshop will focus on the differing roles and responsibilities of elected officials (selectpersons/councilors) and appointed officials (managers and administrators), including key responsibilities, legal requirements, personnel issues, communication and goal setting. It will help elected and appointed officials run an effective hiring process and understand their respective roles, their differing needs and how to work smoothly together. It will provide insight and understanding as well as specific ideas and tools to bring back to your municipality.

Topics Include:
• Clarity of Roles and Responsibilities
• Open Communication
• Understanding Mutual Needs
• Managing Expectations
• Techniques and Protocols
• Effective Hiring Process

Pamela Plumb is co-founder of Great Meetings! Inc. and co-author of “Great Meetings! Great Results, Practical Guide to the Preparation and Facilitation of Productive Meetings.” She is also the principal in Pamela Plumb & Associates, which provides process, facilitation and organizational development consulting and training for a wide variety of public, non-profit and business clients. She helped develop and deliver the Governing Skills Program for the MMA and has worked with many local governments on long range planning, helping councils and school boards work together, and managing Council - Manager relations. Pamela also spent eleven years in local politics serving as a City Councilor and Mayor in Portland, Maine and served as President of the National League of Cities for a year.

Don Gerrish has been involved in all aspects of Town and City Management in the State of Maine for 37 years. He is retired from the Town of Brunswick after serving 19 years as its Manager. Don also managed the Town of Gorham for 10 years. He has also worked in Auburn and Rockland. In 1993 he was elected by his peers from all over the world to serve on the Board of the International City/County Managers Association as a Regional Vice-President and was chosen by the membership in 1996 to serve as the Association’s President. This allowed him to travel throughout the United States and Europe meeting managers and discussing issues facing themselves and their communities. Since joining Eaton Peabody Consulting Group Don has assisted communities in hiring managers. He has worked with a number of Town/City Councils and Boards of Selectmen to improve their working relationships with each other, the manager and municipal staff.

David Barrett is currently Director of Personnel Services and Labor Relations for the Maine Municipal Association, responsible for providing Human Resource and Labor Relations consulting to Maine cities and towns, and for managing the internal HR functions of the Association. He has worked at MMA since 1985, after graduating from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio with a degree in Public Administration and Political Science and graduate work at the University of Illinois in Labor Relations. Consulting responsibilities include extensive Executive Search projects for Maine municipalities – primarily Town and City Managers, Collective Bargaining on behalf of client members, and training and other human resource projects.


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