On behalf of NASCA, we are pleased to present The New State Chief Administrators Guidebook in partnership with Sid Johnson, former Commissioner of the Department of Administrative Services for the State of Georgia and faculty at the Carl Vinson School Institute of Government at the University of Georgia.
NASCA partnered with past chief administrators for advice and tactics for new public sector executives. While appointments take place all year long, a surge of new state chief administrator and senior staff accepted the new role post the 2018 election in which thirty-six governors were recently elected or started second terms. In preparation, a NASCA Transition Taskforce led by former state chief administrators, Bob Blair, Director of the Department of Administrative Services in the State of Ohio and Bob Oglesby, Commissioner of General Services in the State of Tennessee, proposed a “Boot Camp” component for new government executives, as well as other resources to help in their transition.
This publication builds on multiple NASCA publications and resources and serves as a guidebook for the in-person Boot Camp curriculum at the 2019 Spring Conference. Additional materials are also available of the NASCA’s Transition webpage. We hope this publication provides useful insights for not only chief administrators but government managers and stakeholders.
We all recognized that your leadership in a large, complex state government with increasing demands from constituents and legislators to deliver better, cheaper services is a difficult calling. It is our hope that the 2019 Spring Conference, the NASCA resources, and the relationships you build and strengthen with your colleagues will make it a more rewarding and successful calling.