Appointed Board Member Training in Georgetown, Texas: A Case Study on Creating a Practical Ideal Type Program
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Purpose: The purpose of this applied research project is to develop a practical ideal type framework for municipal appointed board member training and to gauge the City of Georgetown, Texas against this practical ideal type framework. A practical ideal type training has three elements: 1) governing documents, 2) leadership skills training, and 3) compliance requirements. Methodology: A case study of the City of Georgetown, Texas was conducted. A practical ideal type training program was identified through the literature review and constructed in the conceptual framework. Information about the City’s training program was collected by document analysis. The information was then evaluated by using a scoring system set forth in the operationalization of the conceptual framework. Findings: The study finds that the City of Georgetown board training program generally met the standards in the three elements; however, there is room for improvement on a few elements. Out of a total of 31 identified elements of the practical ideal type board training, the City of Georgetown earned a score of 24. These findings are used to make recommendations for improvement to the board member training program in Georgetown. Board and staff team training, mentor board members, and enhancing training techniques will help augment the board member training process.