Location: Hutchinson Center 80 Belmont Avenue Belfast, ME
Time: Registration: 4:00-4:30 pm | Workshop: 4:30-8:30 pm | Light Meal (break): 6:00-6:30 pm
Cost: MMA Member Municipality/Patron: $55.00 | Non-Member Municipality: $110.00
Instructor(s): Pam Plumb, Co-Founder of GreatMeetings! Inc.; Don Gerrish, Eaton Peabody Consulting Group; David Barrett Director of Personnel and Labor Relations, MMA
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.
• Clarity of Roles and Responsibilities
• Open Communication
• Understanding Mutual Needs
• Managing Expectations
• Techniques and Protocols
• Effective Hiring Process
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, nonprofit
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.
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.
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.