Book Description: With its focus on human resources management in local government, this text will help practicing administrators hone their decision-making skills and future administrators prepare for the kinds of personnel decision problems they will meet in their careers in local government management. The book contains six case scenarios, all of which present actual situations encountered by local government managers. The topics covered are recruitment, promotion, and affirmative action; reductions in force; sexual harassment issues; ADA issues; fringe benefits and health care; and labor-management relations. Written, at least in part, by the administrator who faced the problem, each case describes the issues as they were actually perceived by the people who had to decide and act on them.
Designed primarily as a teaching tool, the book is structured so that each case includes background information, a description of the administrative or management issues that need to be resolved, and discussion questions to help students propose their own solutions. The outcome of the case (the "aftermath") and final discussion questions are published separately in a supplement so that instructors have the option of asking students to work on the issues before learning what decisions were actually made.