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Receiving my master’s of public administration (MPA) degree from EKU completely changed my life. I started work with the City of Richmond, Kentucky shortly after earning my degree. I am confident that the education and training I received from EKU is the reason I was given the position. In fact, I was told as much...
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City with trees and buildings from an arial view
A local government budget is a financial plan that details the government’s revenues and expenditures for a defined period of time. Local government budgets have two primary components: operating budget and capital budget. A capital budget funds major improvements to municipal facilities and infrastructure such as city halls, police stations and fire houses. It is...
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A leader emerges in a small group of coworkers
One of the most enduring memories of my college experience occurred on my very first day of class in the fall semester of my freshman year in an ROTC class. As the students waited for the arrival of the instructor, we began to chat among ourselves. The chatter became so incessant that we barely noticed when the...
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Health worker in mask writes down details of person in car before administering a vaccine
As the United States continues to address the COVID-19 pandemic, there are many lessons public administrators can learn from the response.  One day, a very good book will be written about the early days of the pandemic response and the decisions and mistakes made.  Sometime after that, a second book will be written which gets...
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Public administrators making plans for improvement project
The coronavirus pandemic has been an unprecedented time for everyone, and students are no exception. As a full-time, on campus EKU MPA student, the pandemic completely altered the way I am receiving my education. Midway through the semester, along with many other students in this country and around the world, my courses were shifted to...
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Public administrators making plans for improvement project
Social and community service managers oversee, coordinate, and manage social services and community programs. They work to identify the needs of their community and leverage their knowledge of public administration to address those needs through the implementation of government programs, non-profit initiatives, or innovative new approaches. These programs could include things like Meals on Wheels,...
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David Gregory
As a city administrator for the City of Berea, David Gregory draws on more than 20 years of experience in law enforcement and the lessons he’s learned in the EKU Online master’s of public administration program. Gregory worked his way up from police officer to sergeant to lieutenant before taking the helm at the Berea...
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Public administrators making plans for improvement project
With the passage of a new law, California universities must now allow their student athletes to make money from their name, image, and likeness (NIL) [1].  For years, the NCAA has argued that paying student athletes will destroy the amateur nature, and commitment to fair play, that are the basis of intercollegiate sport in the United...
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A whistle suspended from a chain
Whistleblowing is a hot topic these days. A whistleblower is someone, typically an employee, who discloses information, either internally (to managers, organizational hotlines, etc.) or externally (to lawmakers, regulators, the media, watchdog organizations, etc.), that he or she reasonably believes evidences:
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Blue and red lights of a police cruiser shine in the night
Violent encounters between police and American citizens have received renewed interest lately. The majority of this interest stem from racial considerations, which involve white police officers and African American citizens. Moreover, some of these encounters resulted in lethal outcomes that, in too many instances belies explanation or reason. The case of Sandra Bland is illustrative. She was a...
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