Managing a Divided Council
Includes a Live Event on 06/21/2022 at 2:00 PM (EDT)
While virtually every governing body in history has dealt with some amount of disagreement or friction between its members, the intensification of political partisanship in recent years has increased the prevalence of incivility and discord in council chambers across the country. As a result, it is more challenging than ever for managers to remain impartial when working with their councilmembers.
In this webinar, you'll hear from a panel of several managers as they discuss their experiences handling divided councils, and offer strategies that will help you better manage conflict and partisanship among your own elected officials. Topics will include:
- How political polarization has changed modern council dynamics
- Tips for maintaining neutrality during conflict between officials
- Policies that can help establish standards of behavior
ICMA Practice Areas:  Personal and Professional Integrity;  Strategic Leadership
City Manager, Beaverton, OR
Jenny Haruyama is currently the City Manager for the City of Beaverton, Oregon, one of the largest and most diverse cities in the State. Jenny is the City’s first female City Manager responsible for implementing a voter approved charter change, transitioning the city from a Strong Mayor to Council-Manager form of government. Prior to working for Beaverton, Jenny was City Manager of the City Tracy, CA and City of Scotts Valley, CA. In addition, she has over 25 years of experience working at all levels of local government. She has been a recreational assistant, intern, analyst, assistant to the city manager, department head, and assistant city manager.
Jenny often serves as panelist for local, state, and national professional groups, and most recently spoke with the Portland Oregon Charter Review Board about form of government options. She is a California Local Governance Institute graduate at Stanford University Best Practices for Innovative Government and Executive Management and has a Master of Public Administration degree from California State University, Hayward and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from San Jose State University.
Jenny lives in Beaverton with her husband and a full house of fun - 5 children, 2 dogs, and 3 cats.