San Diego Chapter Elections


This month marks the annual election of ASPA Chapter Officers for the 2017/2018 Fiscal Year (July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018). This is YOUR opportunity to get involved and help make a difference in the region.

Over this past year, the Chapter has been actively engaged in revitalizing ASPA’s local presence in San Diego County by holding educational events and networking opportunities. Our goal for the San Diego Chapter is to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and experiences among persons interested or engaged in the field of public administration in order to encourage the collection, compilation and dissemination of information on matters relating to public administration. The Chapter works to encourage the improvement of public service and to advance the science, processes and art of public administration.

What
There are a number of opportunities for you to be involved in the local chapter. Traditionally, the Chapter Council (Officers and At-Large Council Members) has been very “flat” in terms of hierarchy, with everyone chipping in and tasks/duties varying at times based on time constraints of members, specific skill sets, personal connections that might be useful to a particular event, etc. Although the description of At-Large Council Members suggests that Council Members might have a specific title (VP of Social Media or VP of Student Outreach, for example), please do not let that intimidate you. It is also fine to be an At-Large Council Member without a specific title, sit on the Council with the Officers, and get your feet wet that way.

When
Below are the important deadlines for the upcoming Officer Elections. Please note that although the deadline for transitioning officers is around the corner (July 1), we can ramp up slowly this summer. So if you are interested in a position, but don’t think you could get started quite that early, please do not let that prevent you from becoming involved!
  • Wednesday, June 21, 2017: Interest/Candidate Statements are due by 5 p.m.
  • Monday, June 26, 2017: E-Ballot sent to current members via Survey Monkey to vote for officers. Voting will close on Friday, June 30, at 5 p.m.
  • Monday, July 3, 2017: Officers announced. And the roster of potential Council Members will be sent to new Officers for approval on July 3 or shortly thereafter.

How
Individuals interested in serving as an Officer or an At-Large Council Member, please e-mail Andrew Potter at andrew.potter@sdcounty.ca.gov with the position you are interested in and a brief one-paragraph statement for members to read when voting. Interest/Candidate Statements are due by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 21, 2017.

Please note that the Chapter Bylaws state that individuals do not need to be a member of ASPA to run for office, as long as they join ASPA within 30 days of assuming office. Therefore, if you’re not yet a member of ASPA and want to be considered for a Council position, you can still submit your interest statement!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or Shawn Flanigan (sflaniga@mail.sdsu.edu). I hope you’ll consider joining the ASPA San Diego team! And, please feel free to share this e-mail with others you think may be interested.