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Orange City Manager in Residence

John Sibley to Discuss Local Government Service With Students

April 10, 2014

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Students will get an up-close-and-personal perspective on local government challenges, the rewards and benefits of service and leadership issues next week when John W. Sibley, city manager of Orange, comes to Cal State Fullerton as the 2014 City Manager in Residence.

Members of the campus community are invited to attend a 5:30-6:45 p.m. Monday, April 14, welcome hosted by Pi Alpha Alpha, the public administration honor society, in Room 401 of Langsdorf Hall.

Following the welcome, Sibley will speak before students enrolled in a course on organizational theory and behavior. It's one of three classes he is scheduled to address during his April 14-16 residency. He also will attend a series of meetings with students.

"We are thrilled to work with public leaders like John Sibley as part of our City Manager in Residence program. Our current students benefit greatly from seeing the interaction of their academic studies with the applied world of public administration," said Stephen Stambough, professor of political science and chair of the Division of Politics, Administration and Justice. "As an alumnus, John has frequently helped with programs such as this and others that help the public administration program at Cal State Fullerton produce important high-impact educational practices for our students and to help us serve as active stewards of place by enhancing our connections to the greater Orange County community."

A Cal State Fullerton Class of '75 M.P.A. graduate, Sibley was appointed city manager in 2005 after serving for four years as assistant city manager. Previously, he spent 24 years with the county of Orange, where he served as director for employee relations, public facilities, management and budget.

"As a graduate student, working to be a public administrator, I would have greatly appreciated the opportunity to meet with individuals who were city managers or department heads and hear from them a little about the career and also some insights as to how to break into the field," said Sibley. "I also love the opportunity to hear what's important to students and answer their questions as best as I can, given my experiences both in the field and in the classroom."

Cal State Fullerton has partnered with the Cal-ICMA City Manager in Residence Program for five years. The program was established to provide graduate and undergraduate students with a practitioner's "in-the-trenches" perspective on local government, opportunities to interact and network informally with a city or county manager, and promote the rewards and benefits of government management careers.

Cal-ICMA is a collaboration of multiple local government organizations, including the League of Cities City Managers' Department, the California City Managers Foundation, and Municipal Management Associations of Northern and Southern California.

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