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View from the Cordillera

A Commentary on Achieving Excellence in Local Government
Read by Municipal Leaders on 4 Continents
Published by the Cordillera Institute
(Vol. 4, Issue 20)
Why Your Municipal Council Makes Dumb Decisions ... and What You Can Do About It (part 2)
Guest Author
Al Arnold
former Mayor
Rice Lake, Wisconsin
For more information on our guest author, see the About the Author section below.

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Summary of This Commentary
This commentary is part 2 of the 2-part series by the former Mayor of Rice Lake, Wisconsin.  Recently, Mayor Arnold published an e-book on his 30-plus years of experience attending municipal meetings.  In this series, he shares some of that experience.  In part 1, he explains the problem.  That commentary focusses on the 3 major reasons why municipal councils make questionable decisions.  You responded by making it 1 of our most-ordered commentaries.  In part 2, he offers a solution to the problem identified in part 1.  He describes 4 steps which can be used to improve the quality of decision-making.  Successful municipal councils make sound decisions.  Mayor Arnold not only explains how to do it, his practical advice and his dry sense of humor make this an informative and entertaining read.

About the Author
For over 30 years, Al Arnold has been involved in local politics.  Starting as a sarcastic political cartoonist, his political journey has included four elections as Mayor, two elections as a County Board Supervisor, and a decade as a local government lobbyist for the Realtors® Association.

Over the many years of sitting in local government meetings from every vantage point in the room, Al learned the game of local politics and wrote the book Moving Mountains and Molehills: Local Politics 101 to teach citizens how to play the game of local politics and win.

Presently he also serves as the Local Government Pontificator at the mythical Academy of Local Politics.

As always, we welcome your comments.

David Barber
Director
Cordillera Institute
(416) 293-9300
CordInst@istar.ca
http://pages.istar.ca/~cordinst/



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