The OCCMA Fall Workshop is scheduled for Thursday, September 26th from 8:30 am - 12:30 pm as part of the LOC's 94th Annual Conference in Bend. The Workshop will feature retired City Manager Scott Lazenby (Lake Oswego) and City Manager Jordan Wheeler (Sandy) who will lead the group through a conversation about the human side of budgeting.
Financial challenges are facing many local units of government in the State of Oregon. Traditional approaches to budgeting have not necessarily helped to bridge the gap between limited resources and identifying the true needs of the organization to best serve the community. The Human Side of Budgeting approaches the budget from a local government management point of view, and makes the case that traditional budget systems work against almost everything we know about good management. Scott Lazenby and Jordan Wheeler offer an alternative to a system that is a continuing source of frustration that fits perfectly between tomes on the politics of public budgeting and the mechanics of public budgeting.
Scott Lazenby served as the city manager in Lake Oswego from 2013 until this July when he retired after 40 years in city management. He previously served as city manager in Sandy beginning in 1992. Previous jobs included stints as the management and budget director in Glendale, AZ, and assistant to the city manager in Vancouver, WA. Scott's avocation is writing and he also teaches public administration as an adjunct professor for Portland State University.
Jordan Wheeler has served as the Sandy City Manager since January 2019 and before then had ten years with the City of Lake Oswego. As Deputy City Manager for Lake Oswego, he was responsible for managing the city's budget process. He received his MPA from Portland State University.