Rod Gould shares his experience as Santa Monica City Manager – Point of View

In November 2010, Point of View (PoV) — the television program and on-line media organization of the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs (CIPA) — interviewed Rod Gould, City Manager of Santa Monica, California as a follow-up to his guest lecture for Cornell’s MPA colloquium series on November 11, 2010.

In this interview, Rod discusses his role as Santa Monic’as City Manager, describes how the position has evolved since the 1980s, and examines the current and future challenges of city management in general. Finally, Rod Gould offers encouragement for others interested in pursuing careers in city management.

“I would hope that the bright students in your graduate school would consider local government as a potential career…I think the chance to make the greatest difference is at the local level…If you want to make a difference in people’s lives, go to cities because that’s where people live…Cities are the incubators of civilization.” – Rod Gould, City Manager of Santa Monica

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