|Below are testimonials
from former host local government officials.
Office of County Administrator
Eau Claire, WI 54703-5481
October 22, 2007
Dr. Rob Baker, Professor Dr. Jeff Ankrom, Professor
Department of Political Science Department of Urban Studies
Wittenberg University Wittenberg University
Post Office Box 720 Post Office Box 720
Springfield, OH 45501-0720 Springfield, OH 45501-0720
Dear Professors Baker and Ankrom,
This past summer Eau Claire County, in collaboration with the City of Chippewa Falls, had the great opportunity to be host communities for the Wittenberg University Local Government Management Intern Program sponsored by the International City/County Management Association. The nine-week program brought eight talented young people to the Chippewa Valley of Wisconsin to gain first hand knowledge about local city and county government operations, administration and policy making.
Based upon the students’ academic background and interests, Professors Baker and Ankrom, and the City and County Administrators collaborated to provide each student with project assignments. The students worked on City & County projects including cable TV agreements, comprehensive planning, performance management results reporting, parks & recreation plans, personnel policies, justice system alternatives, public transportation elements (transit & airport), CAD system upgrades and more. They attended County Board and Committee meetings, providing presentations and reports on the results of their project work, as well as attending classes each week.
The Wittenberg University LGMIP was very successful; the students completed research, projects and reports that county and city staff simply did not have the resources to complete. The students were able to experience first hand how local government public policy decision-making processes function and how important local government services are to citizens. County staff and elected officials appreciated the enthusiasm and new and alternative concepts the students had to offer. And the LGMIP program assists the next generation of potential local government managers in preparing for future roles in our communities. All parties gained a significant benefit as a result of a small investment on the part of Eau Claire County and the City of Chippewa Falls. On behalf of the elected officials and staff of Eau Claire County, I would recommend local units of government consider hosting the Local Government Management Internship Program.
J. Thomas McCarty,