Public Administrative Environments

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  1. Public Administrative Environments
    Scenarios
    The city manager has hired you as the chief of staff for your local government and has contacted you about the following issues concerning various governmental departments and external stakeholders:
    Issue 1
    In the past year, citizen, department, and outside stakeholder complaints have been filed against the Department of Health administrators. Such complaints cited unprofessional leadership, unethical practices, insufficient customer and patient care, poor fire and emergency response time, and inability to implement change and resolve conflict within and among subordinates and staff. The Department of Health is composed of the following agencies:
    • Social Services.
    • Fire and Emergency Management.
    • Human Services.
    • Issue 2
      The school board has a collaborative relationship with various government departments. In the last two months, the school board has charged department directors with failure to work collaboratively with the school board on its efforts to:
    • Meet federal mandates regarding reformation of new policy issues that will impact the leadership of the Department of Redevelopment and Housing, the State Department of Education, and the State Department of Housing and Urban Development.
    • Support the academic leadership of secondary school principals by providing specific student data from the Department of Juvenile Relations, in an attempt to improve student retention and performance toward increasing graduation rates.
    • Note: You may create or make all necessary assumptions needed for the completion of this assignment.
      Instructions
      Write a 7–8 page paper in which you address the following:
    • What would you do to deal with the scenarios (Issue 1 and Issue 2) as chief of staff? Provide a rationale to support your response.
    • What policies and practices would you change? Recommend one specific leadership theory and two public leader styles that would be most beneficial for the school board in addressing the issues presented. Provide a rationale for your response.
    • Determine the essential manner in which the leadership from the Department of Public Health, the school board, and the various other government departments impacts the leadership of the city manager and his or her ability to carry out government operations.
    • What would you do to lead the local government unit moving forward?
    • Include at least four peer-reviewed references (no more than 6 months old) from material outside the textbook. Note: Appropriate peer-reviewed references include scholarly articles and government websites. Wikipedia, other wikis, and websites ending in anything other than ".gov" do not qualify as academic resources.
    • This course requires the use of Strayer Writing Standards. For assistance and information, please refer to the Strayer Writing Standards link in the left-hand menu of your course. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
      The specific course learning outcome associated with this assignment is:
    • Propose a plan to implement change and influence the various environments of public administration and service.
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