“The Decade of Local Government” Alumni Panel Discussion, 3/26

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The Maxwell School Center for Career Development & the Maxwell International City Management Association Student Chapter present:


The Maxwell Career Development Team would like to invite Maxwell alumni to join us on Tuesday, March 26 as some of our old friends return to Syracuse to talk to students about careers in local government.   If you can join us, please RSVP at: careers@maxwell.syr.edu.  If you can’t make it, the event will also be streamed live and archived for later viewing.

Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Time: 12-2 PM
Location: 220 Eggers Hall (Public Events Room)

oneillRobert J. O’Neill, Jr., is Executive Director of ICMA, the International City/County Management Association and the Chair of the Center for the State and Local Excellence, LLC.  Prior to joining ICMA in December 2002, O’Neill served as President of the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) from January 2000 to November 2002.  From May through September of 2001, O’Neill was on temporary assignment at the Office of Management and Budget as Counselor to the Director and Deputy Director on management issues. He has also served as Fairfax County Executive between 1997 and 2000 and as city manager opf Hampton, Virginia between 1984 and 1997. Awards and honors include The Spirit of Public Service award—the highest award presented by The Maxwell School of Syracuse University – and the National Public Service Award presented by the National Academy of Public Administration and the American Society for Public Administration.

wallyWally Bobkiewicz is the City Manager of Evanston, Illinois a community of 75,000 residents located just north of Chicago. Mr. Bobkiewicz serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the City with an annual budget of $250 million and 1,000 employees. Before beginning his current position in August, 2009, Mr. Bobkiewicz served seven years as City Manager of Santa Paula, California and four and a half years as Assistant City Manager in Novato, California. Prior to that, Bobkiewicz served the City of Long Beach, California for nine years in various capacities including Telecommunications Manager, Assistant to the City Manager and as an Administrative Analyst in the Public Works and Police Departments. Wally’s professional activities include service on the International City/County Management Association’s (ICMA) International Committee. Wally is also a past president of the Municipal Management Assistants of Southern California (MMASC). In addition to these professional activities, Wally is Past President of the Syracuse University Alumni Association, a former member of the Syracuse University Board of Trustees and has served on the Boards of United Way of Ventura County and the Rotary Club of Santa Paula.

scottScott Mitnick’s local government career has spanned 25 years, involving four cities in different regions of California. For the past 13 years, he has worked for- the City of Thousand Oaks (Ventura County) – as Deputy City Manager, Assistant City Manager, and since May 2005, as City Manager. In this role, he serves as Chief Executive Officer responsible for managing day-to-day operations of a complex municipality with a budget of over $225 million. Scott began his career with the City of Brea in north Orange County working as a Budget Analyst. He spent seven years with the City of Burbank as a Financial Analyst, Project Manager, Assistant to the City Manager, and Budget Administrator. From Burbank, Scott moved to the Northern Sacramento Valley where he worked for three years with the City of Yuba City as Administrative Services Director. In this role, he functioned as both Assistant City Manager and Chief Financial Officer. In December 1999, he left Yuba City to join the City of Thousand Oaks.


Shannon Flanagan-Watson was named Assistant County Manager of Arlington, VA in July 2005. She is responsible for the development and implementation of the County’s Management Plan and coordinates a variety of special projects as senior advisor to the County Manager. She also recently served as Acting Director of the Department of Parks and Recreation, from July 2012-January 2013. Prior to joining the County, Ms. Flanagan-Watson served as the Director of Business Development for the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). She brings 18 years of combined experience working in and with local governments on a range of professional local government management issues. Previously, she worked for the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments working on policy and outreach programs in the Metropolitan Washington region.

RSVP: Alums, please RSVP to careers@maxwell.syr.edu. Students RSVP on MCMS.

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