Basic Management Skills
1. The Art of Management
2. Creating Action Plan
3. Organizational Structures – Cities
4. Organizational Structures – Counties
5. Understanding Lie-Staff Roles/Relationships
6. Information and Records Management
7. Time Management
The substance of management is working with people. The skills covered in this section are the responsibilities of a manager. Having the skills necessary to plan, organize, staff, direct, coordinate and report on the activities of a public works department, which will be discussed here, does not assure that one can motivate and get the most from your employees. Those human interaction skills that can make a good manager great are covered in the Team Development module.
Dallas County Engineer; Dallas County, Iowa (retired 2015)
Graduate of both Iowa State University and the University of the Wisconsin
Licensed land surveyor in Iowa
Worked for 15 years with consultants. Has worked for county road departments for 20 years. Began his public career in Polk County as an Assistant County Engineer, then became County Engineer for Des Moines County, and has been the Dallas County Engineer for 13 years.
Serves on numerous Iowa County Engineers Association (ICEA) committees
Past president of ICEA
Member of NACE
Formerly, Marion County Engineer, Marion County, Iowa
Served 13 years with the City of Des Moines Engineering Staff and 7 years with the Iowa DNR. Was the Marion County Engineer for over 13 years. Has managed several award winning projects.
Member of the Iowa County Engineers Association
Member of the National County Engineers Association
Member of the American Public works Association
Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers
Named Government Civil Engineer of the Year in 2008 by the Iowa Section of ASCE
Retired Associate Director of Outreach for the Center for Transportation Research and Education, Iowa State University
BS in Civil Engineering; Iowa State University
MS in Transportation Engineering; Iowa State University
Served 15 years with the Iowa Department of Transportation in the construction field, then worked as a Transportation Engineer for a consultant firm in Denver, Colorado, before returning to the Iowa DOT. In 1994 became director of the Iowa Local Technical Assistant Program (LTAP) at Iowa State University, where he also served as Adjunct Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering.
Program Manager; Institute for Transportation, Iowa State University (retired)
Was a county engineer in three different Iowa counties over a period of 31 years, most recently Story County. At InTrans served as a “Local Roads Safety Liaison” directing interactions with local / municipal public works agencies to make them aware of the many safety tools, software and training programs as well as funding opportunities available to them from various sources including the Iowa Department of Transportation and InTrans. Also assists in several other research projects that involve state and local governments.
Adjunct Professor; Iowa State University
MS in Guidance and Counseling; Iowa State University
PhD in Education; Iowa State University
Has worked with the Cooperative Extensive Service in Iowa and Minnesota. Taught management courses for Simpson College and Iowa State University. Worked as Director of Training and Development at Iowa State University. Is a trained mediator in school truancy, victim/offender, divorce and child custody, and workplace employee/employee issues. Has been a volunteer mediator for over 20 years. Currently provides on-line courses for Iowa State University and directs a community college leadership program for Iowa’s community colleges.
“The Basic Management Skills course was very informative. I have three new staff supervisors that have moved up from line supervisors. I believe this course is an excellent way to transition them from line to staff and can help them better understand the changes in their responsibilities.” —DiAnna Rawleigh, Public Works Manager, Pasco County, FL