4 Ways Technology Improves Council-Manager Relations


The ballots have been tallied. The yard signs have vanished. The town halls are over.

Local government elections for 2016 may be over, but when it comes to relationships with the governing body, city and county managers will feel the election’s effects in the months and years ahead. From educating new councilmembers to implementing policy to engaging and informing citizens, managers must build constructive relationships with their elected bodies. Modern technology helps.

In this video, you’ll see how the cities of Capitola, CA and Sausalito, CA used OpenGov’s management reporting and transparency software to improve relationships with the governing body.

Watch this video to learn:

  • How to build meaningful candidate or new-member orientations with an online transparency and reporting solution
  • How to improve public meetings and answer questions on the fly with interactive reports and data visualization.
  • How to increase the odds of budget adoption by explaining decisions and trade-offs with management reporting.
  • How to inform residents so they don’t perpetuate rumors.

  • Adam Stone

    Adam joined the OpenGov team in October and is excited to get started helping people across the country. Prior to joining the Opengov team, he served as the first Controller for Greenwood Indiana for five years. He holds an active CPA license and received a Bachelors Degree in Accounting and Finance from Indiana University.

    In his spare time, Adam plays basketball, plays the drums, and attends a men's small group through his church. He's the proud owner of a rescue puppy and a large, spirited cat. He enjoys going to concerts and King's Island with his girlfriend, Laura.

    Mark Welch serves as finance director for the City of Capitola, CA. Before joining Capitola, Mark was Santa Clara’s Principal Financial Analyst and Assistant to the City Manager for the City of Sierra Vista. Mark holds an MPA from the University of Oregon and a BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara.