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Kim Porterfield, San Marcos City Council Member, Place 1, recently attended the Newly Elected Officials’ Orientation presented by the Texas Municipal League and the Association of Mayors, Councilmembers and Commissioners, a TML affiliate.

The meeting provided an opportunity for newly elected city officials to voluntarily enhance their knowledge of city government and sharpen their leadership skills. In addition, the orientation offered an opportunity to visit with elected officials from across Texas to learn how other cities are coping with similar challenges.

“This was a great opportunity to learn more about roles, responsibilities and actions that make a great council member. I enjoyed the sessions and meeting other newly-elected officials from across the state. I found out that San Marcos is ahead of the game in many areas of municipal leadership, strategies and planning,” Porterfield said.

During the event, attendees were offered sessions on such topics as open government, financial responsibilities, council/ staff relations, ethical government and media relations.

A special presentation on “The Importance of Building a Sense of Community” was provided by TML Past President Dr. Gary McCaleb, Vice President of the University and Executive Director of the Center for Building Community at Abilene Christian University.

Elected officials from all over the state attended the orientation, sponsored by TML and the AMCC. The Texas Municipal League is a voluntary association of more than 1,100 Texas cities. The City of San Marcos is a member of the Texas Municipal League.

Porterfield was elected to a three year term on the San Marcos City Council in November of 2007.

By MELISSA MILLECAM
Communications Director – City of San Marcos

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