Based on a decision made during Monday night’s Indianola Board of Aldermen meeting, the city’s department heads will soon be getting some much needed training in the area of leadership.
The city leaders approved signing a one-year contract with Leadergov.com at a cost of $800 per month for one year to provide monthly hour-and-a-half-leadership training sessions to the employees.
Mayor Steve Rosenthal said he has researched the program, has sat in on a training session and was impressed with their presentation.
"They separate you into different groups and do different interactives; it's not a sit and watch type thing it's an interactive meeting where you talk back and forth," he said.
Rosenthal said the department heads would also receive homework of a sort as part of the training.
"You're supposed to come back with things that you've tried and whether it worked or didn't work. They expect you to go out and test some of the things that they're trying to teach you to do," he said.
Rosenthal said that it is a two-year program, but the city is only required to commit to the first year and after that it would be up to the city leaders to determine whether or not they want to continue.
Rosenthal stressed that his purpose in suggesting the program is to try to get some improvement on the leadership skills of the department heads.
“I feel like we don't do a whole lot of leadership training and we are missing the boat on that,” he said.
Rosenthal added that the company works strictly with governmental entities so they understand the problems associated with government.
Alderman Sam Brock asked about the dates and times associated with the training and Rosenthal said the department heads could attend the sessions from their facilities and if that was not possible then there were computers available at the city hall that they could use.
He said the company would also work with the city on setting appropriate training times.
Rosenthal said he would leave it up to the department heads to determine what times are best for them.
“We're trying to help our department heads be better leaders and better department heads."
Rosenthal added that since the city is spending the money the department heads will be obligated to attend the sessions.
In other business,
The aldermen voted to leave the city's current emergency proclamation as is, without any changes.
They heard an update on the status of the audit being conducted by Brown–Ewing & Company. Rosenthal said although the audit is not complete, the company is still working on it and as of Monday were in possession of all of the documents they have requested.
The aldermen also discussed the city’s loud music ordinance and heard from Rosenthal and Brock on the complaints they have received from the citizens.
Additionally, they discussed the installation of speed limit signs in the downtown area.
Alderman Darrell Simpson was absent from Monday night’s meeting.