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                        IIMC
INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE PROGRAM
                       2009

     Pamela Smith (Sanibel, Florida / USA)
  Andries Knevel (Maasbree, The Netherlands)




        Curriculum Pamela

         NORTH CAROLINA

         • Drug Officer (County / Municipal level)
         • Business owner
         • Town clerk
         • Finance Officer
         • Interim City Manager
                                    FLORIDA

                                    • City Clerk of Sanibel
                                    • Emergency Management
                                      Coordinator




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Curriculum Andries

PROFESSIONALY

• welfare worker
• manager municipal department for social welfare
• city manager
• interim manager
• teacher vocational academy  for municipal employees
   d i i        ti l l              t
• advisor innovation local government
• city clerk




Curriculum Andries

VOLUNTARY WORK

In the past:
•City Councilor
•Board  member of a twin city organization

Now:
•President of a supervisory school board
•Board member of a regional museum
•Board member of an association of former city managers




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     Sanibel / Pamela’s municipality




                                 Sanibel

  6 000 peop e
• 6.000 people
• during season: 30.000‐40.000
• barrier island  
• residentials / tourism

• 5 councilors (Mayor included)
• Mayor (appointed by the council) 

      bli h d i 1974
• established in 1974
• part of Lee County



                                      Location of Sanibel in Lee County and     
                                      the State of Florida




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  Maasbree / Andries’ municipality




                             Maasbree

   3 000 peop e
• 13.000 people
• 2 villages (Maasbree and Baarlo
• agriculture / transport / tourism

• 15 councilors
• Mayor (appointed by the Queen) 
•3 aldermen  (appointed by the council)

 A l       i   ih
•Amalgamating with:
   •Helden
   •Kessel
   •Meijel

•Since  2010: Peel en Maas (43.000)       12 provinces
                                          430 municipalities




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                                                   Maasbree




                Pamela got triggered
•   Attracted by the idea of expending horizons
•   Interest in other cultures
•   Time deadline passed but was extended
•   Previous international experiences thru student exchange program




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               Andries got triggered
•   Member of IIMC since 1997 (Buffalo)
•   Conferences in Rotterdam, Kansas City, Whistler
                                ,        y,
•   Focus group study position of clerks
•   Focus group study international comparison of reform local governments
•   Visiting municipalities in Colorado
     – Nederland  (1.400)
     – Littleton (40.500)




              Andries flew to Florida
• 20 – 28 February 2009
  Hosted by Pamela and her husband Walter at their house in 
• Hosted by Pamela and her husband Walter at their house in
  Cape Coral




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   Pamela flew to The Netherlands
• 15 – 25 April 2009
• Hosted by Andries and his wife Suus at their house in Gennep
  Hosted by Andries and his wife Suus at  their house in Gennep




                   Andries in Sanibel
• Reception (introduction to local community of Sanibel)
  Interviewing key officers of Sanibel
• Interviewing key officers of Sanibel
   – Mayor, city manager, attorney, chief of police, managers  of the 
     departments, policy officers;
• Visiting important places of Sanibel e.g.:
   –   J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wild Life Refuge
   –   Clinic for the rehabilitation of Wildlife
   –   Arts Centre
   –   Op air museum
       Op air museum 
   –   The islands drinking water plant
• Election Centre Lee County
   – Testing voting machines
   – Voter registration
• Florida Association of City Clerks




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                Andries in Sanibel
Election fever! An unexpected main topic!
•   S ib l i     i ?
    Sanibel in crises?
•   Prestige and integrity at stake
•   Announcement extra council meeting on Monday morning
•   Full house on Wednesday morning
•   Over 3 hours debate with audience




                Andries in Sanibel
Impressions
• Professional organization
    – Well educated, experienced and 
      competent staff
    – Strong management
    – Qualified and concerned political 
      l d
      leaders
• Well preserved island
• Citizens involved 
                                            Mayor Mick Denham
    – More then average age, education 
      and income




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 PAMELA’S TURN




               Pamela in Maasbree
• Interviewing in Maasbree
   –   Board of Mayor and Aldermen
   –   City manager
   –   Managers  of the departments 
   –   Policy officers
• Attending:
   –   Reception
   –   Presidium
   –   City Council meeting
   –   Amalgamation meetings 4 City Councils
• Visiting:
   – Mushroom farm
   – Asparagus farm
   – Keukenhof (tulip garden)




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            Pamela in Maasbree
• Visiting City of Venlo
     h f f ff
  – Chief of staff
  – City clerk
  – Council’s committee meeting
  – Alderman’s tour through Venlo
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  – City Council meeting

• Board of VvG (Association 
  of Dutch Municipal Clerks




                 What we learned




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    The Netherlands vs Florida (USA)
Diversity in governmental systems
• Areas not being classified as a municipality
  Areas not being classified as a municipality
• Charter versus Dutch Municipal Act
• Position of the Mayor and the City Manager
• Number of councilors and their payment
• Non‐party system
• Number of elections and ballots
•       g y
  Voting system
• Role of the commissions (especially the planning commission)
• Scale of tasks /division of tasks between municipality and 
  counties
• etc




                           IIMC
    INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE PROGRAM
                           2009

        Find our articles and this presentation at:
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