Whether you are a student preparing for a career in public administration, a mid-career professional manager or a seasoned veteran, A Guidebook for City and County Managers provides policy guidance and advice to local governmental challenges and issues.

Assuming a knowledge of the basics of public management, James M. Bourey provides real-world recommendations for issues managers are facing this decade and beyond. Relying on experience from his long career in local government in chief executive positions in city, county and regional council management in locations throughout the United States, Bourey outlines the best approaches to the most critical issues for local governments. The book is comprehensive in its breadth of subject matter yet targeted in the recommendations that focus on the most critical issues. Social equity, environmental protection and global warming, good fiscal management, adequate public infrastructure and active citizen engagement are important themes throughout.

Merely being an administrative caretaker is not sufficient; managers must have the knowledge of ways to improve their communities and take the initiative to enhance the quality of life of its residents. Making a difference is both the reason for the job and its reward. This book helps provide a roadmap for the journey.

chapter |7 pages


chapter 1|12 pages

Social justice

chapter 2|16 pages

Local government finance

chapter 3|17 pages

Land use planning and regulation

chapter 4|5 pages

Environmental stewardship

chapter 5|9 pages


chapter 6|10 pages


chapter 7|9 pages

Public facilities/infrastructure

chapter 8|11 pages

Economic development

chapter 9|5 pages


chapter 10|4 pages

Health care

chapter 11|12 pages

Intergovernmental relations

chapter 12|6 pages


chapter 13|6 pages

Public engagement

chapter 14|2 pages