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Dunwoody seeks to improve performance review process
by Nicole Dow
November 19, 2012 11:56 AM | 1207 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dunwoody Mayor Mike Davis and the city council have brought in a professional to improve their annual performance assessments for the city clerk and city manager.

Kathy Forbes, an executive search and leadership consultant, met with the mayor and council in a special called meeting last week to discuss the importance of the performance review process and how she could improve how Dunwoody evaluates its personnel.

“We need to change the [performance review] process to make sure that there’s consistency year after year,” said Councilman John Heneghan.

Keeping up with documenting work performance has also been an issue in the past, he said.

Forbes advised city leaders to revamp their previous evaluation process to include documenting performance regularly and creating an appraisal system aligned with the city’s overall strategic objectives.

“These performance appraisals should ultimately help to optimize performance for the city of Dunwoody,” she said. “If you want the best morale in an organization, you want to get the most out of each employee, you want them to be excited about working here [and] you want them to feel good about the contribution that they’re making, it comes down to good performance management.”

Forbes will get feedback from the mayor, councilmembers, city clerk Sharon Lowery and city manager Warren Hutmacher to fashion a stronger performance analysis that is more objective and measurable.

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At a second special called meeting last week, council discussed entering into an intergovernmental agreement with Alpharetta, Roswell and Sandy Springs for the purchase of aerial imagery to update the city’s Geographic Information Systems database.

“This is the same thing we did two years ago,” said Sherri Schreiner, Dunwoody’s GIS specialist. “It’s saving us about 30 percent and we get better quality by going in with other municipalities.”

She estimates Dunwoody’s portion of the combined cost for the aerial imagery data will be a little more than $10,000, which is budgeted in the 2013 budget. The data can be used to help the city provide public works and community development services to residents.

Schreiner said it is recommended the city update its GIS database every two years. The mayor and council voted unanimously to enter into the intergovernmental agreement.
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