Yarnell Fire Support

Manager’s Update: July 10, 2013

Due to the events related to the lives lost in the Yarnell Fire, this Manager’s Update is being posted one week early and is dedicated to the Prescott 19.

This week I talk with Assistant Fire Chief Vance Gray about the Yarnell fire and Gilbert Fire & Rescue and Gilbert Police Department’s involvement and what we can all do to help.

Join Gilbert Police and Gilbert Fire & Rescue for Guns vs. Hoses, a charity hockey game this Saturday. Admission is free and all donations will go to the 100 Club of Arizona Survivor’s fund. The event is Saturday July 13 @ 12:00, at Gilbert Polar Ice.

Donations can also be made online: http://www.100club.org.

Please look for my next update on August 1.

New Town Attorney

Manager’s Update: July 2, 2013

It is my pleasure to introduce everyone to the new Town Attorney, Michael Hamblin.  I’d also like to wish everyone a very safe and happy 4th of July holiday this weekend!

What is the Council-Manager Form of Government?

The Town of Gilbert operates under the council-manager form of government.

You may have wondered from time to time: What does this form mean, and how does it benefit the Town of Gilbert?

The council-manager form of government is a structure based on the business CEO/board of directors model, wherein there is a board of directors (in this case, a Town Council) that sets business policy, and a chief executive who is tasked with carrying out that policy (in this case, the town manager).

The manager’s office oversees the day-to-day operations of the town and helps the council achieve the policy goals it identifies. So, whether that’s driving Gilbert to become a technology leader or proactively address infrastructure needs, the manager’s office is there to ensure Gilbert is a best-in-class organization that provides the highest-quality service at the lowest possible cost.

The council-manager form of government is quite common among other communities.  In fact, 73 percent of cities, towns and counties across America with populations of 2,500 or more operate under this form. In Arizona, 87 of the 91 cities and towns, and all 15 counties are structured with this model. For more information, visit www.lifewellrun.org or check out this video: