You committed yourself to the rigors of a political campaign – and the sacrifices of time and privacy that come with serving as a local elected official – because you want to make a real difference in your community. Now is the time to think about what winning really means - and how to make the most of it.

Registration & Dates

Date: Saturday, December 12, 2020
Time: 8:30am - 12:30pm
Location: The session will be conducted online via Zoom. Login information will be provided once registration is complete.

Contact Information

Josh Metzler
Program Coordinator

Once elected, it’s not all congratulatory messages from friends and neighbors. People who’ve known you for years will start treating you differently.  Citizens will expect you to master the details of every issue, and attend every public event in town.   

You’ll endure seemingly endless meetings, eye-straining staff reports, and countless hours of public testimony. You’ll face the challenges of working with strong-minded, passionate colleagues. They, too, are elected independently, striving to make good decisions– just like you. 

This fall PSU's Center for Public Service is offering a one-day "Leadership Boot Camp" especially designed to help you navigate these and other challenges and opportunities as a newly-elected local official. (Others are also welcome to attend - such as currently serving officials, top-level administrators, or citizen advisory board members.)


As quickly as possible, help you to shine in your exciting new role as a Local Government Official. Topics covered in this half-day, intensive virtual workshop include

  • Opportunities and Constraints: Understanding your role(s) as an elected board member;
  • Ground Rules: Forging effective working relationships with elected colleagues; 
  • Your New Best Friend: Constructing an appropriate, working relationship with your city manager/county administrator;
  • Lines that Matter: The key differences between policy and implementation;
  • Effective Delegation: How to work with other boards, task forces, and advisory groups;
  • Within the Fishbowl: Representing yourself and your board in public settings;
  • Effective meetings: Everyone’s responsibility, not just the presiding officer’s;
  • Keeping Faith with your Voters: Effectively promoting your own priorities;
  • Building Consensus: How you can – and when you shouldn’t try.


  • $300/person for the first newly elected official from a given jurisdiction.
  • Half price discount ($150) for board members from small districts (annual budget less than $2 million).
  • Jurisdiction Discount: $150/person ($75 for small districts) when additional officials from the same jurisdiction - e.g. other newly-elected board members, veteran members, or city managers/county administrators - register for the program.

Note: This professional certificate is offered as not-for-credit, and will not appear on your PSU transcript.

Cancellations: To receive a full refund, a written request to drop/withdraw from a course must be received by the Program Coordinator by 5pm, 7 business days prior to the event.


Scott Lazenby, Ph.D.: Scott has had a forty-year career in city management, most recently serving as city manager of Lake Oswego and Sandy, Oregon. Scott is past-president of the Oregon City/County Management Association, and has local government experience in Washington and Arizona. In addition to his PhD in Public Administration and Policy from PSU’s Hatfield School of Government in 2007, Scott has also written several novels featuring public service protagonists.

Joe Hertzberg: Joe is currently a partner in Solid Ground Consulting and was formerly on the Political Science faculty at Yale University. He has worked in Oregon for more than 25 years, specializing in strategy, leadership, and organization.  He has helped many local governments set goals and decide how to work together effectively, including Portland, Beaverton, Bend, Lake Oswego, Oregon City, Tigard, Wilsonville – and Los Angeles.