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Governance 101

January 22 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Governance 101 is a low cost, two-hour training geared toward city councilors, planning commissioners, staff, and other individuals interested in learning the basic procedures and roles associated with serving as an elected or appointed official. This is an essential class for new public officials in navigating the municipal codes of their community.

Topics include:

  • Discover the challenges in local government today and explore solutions
  • Gain an understanding of local government structures and discover what you can and cannot do in your role as a public official.
  • Keep out of legal trouble by learning the basics of ethics, public meetings and public meetings laws.
  • Develop leadership skills and learn what is needed to be an effective public official including tools to develop relationships with staff and other members of your governing body, and how to best understand and confronting issues.

$25 per person (dinner included)

Registration is closed for this event. 

Sean O’Day, MWVCOG Executive Director
Sean is currently the Executive Director for the MWVCOG. He has served in and with local governments for over 20 years in both legal and management positions. Among his previous positions, he was the General Counsel for the League of Oregon Cities; Deputy City Manager for Salem, Oregon; Deputy City Attorney for Salem, Oregon; Deputy Legal Counsel to Governor John A. Kitzhaber; and Judicial Law Clerk to the Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court, Honorable Wallace P. Carson, Jr. Sean is also an officer in the Army Reserve, where he is a member of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps. Sean has taught hundreds of local government officials on their roles and legal responsibilities and, drawing from his experiences, brings both real world examples and much humor to his presentations.

Bill Monahan, MWVCOG General Counsel
With several decades of municipal government experience, Bill currently serves as the MWVCOG General Counsel. Bill was most recently the City Manager for Milwaukie, Oregon. Prior to managing Milwaukie, he specialized in local government law, as well as land use law, and served in various local government positions. He represented local governments and private development clients before the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) and Court of Appeals. He has participated in local government public hearings in a variety of capacities including land use planner, city attorney, applicant’s attorney, and city manager. His background also includes serving as the city manager for Tigard, Oregon, from 1994 to 2005, and as its community development director, from 1982 to 1989.


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January 22
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Denise VanDyke


100 High St SE, Suite 200
Salem, OR 97301 United States
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