Civics 102

Stories About America’s Cities

by Roger L. Kemp



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 11/30/2021

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 8.25x11
Page Count : 184
ISBN : 9781665546140
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 184
ISBN : 9781665546133

About the Book

Civics 102: Stories About America’s Cities was written by a career City Manager that worked in and managed some of the largest Council-Manager Form of Government cities on both coasts of America. He reflects insights into his relationships and experience with mayors, city council members, other elected officials, as well as department managers. Most importantly he reflects his experience in dealing with the citizens that were served by the local government that he worked in. The major headings in his book include: America’s Cities, Elected Officials, Appointed Officials, Politics of City Government, Finance and Budgeting Services, Police and Fire Services, Other City Services, Other City Topics, and The Future.

About the Author

Roger L. Kemp has worked in city government for a quarter century, serving nearly two decades of this time as a city manager. He has served in cities in California, New Jersey and Connecticut. He holds a Ph.D. degree in public administration from Golden Gate University, and is a graduate of the Program for Senior Executive in State and Local Government at Harvard University. Dr. Kemp has written, edited, and has been contributing editor of over 50 books dealing with numerous aspects of local government. One of his most significant books, Managing America’s Cities: A Handbook for Local Government Productivity, was published in 1998 - - many years ago. Additionally, he has had over 500 articles published in leading professional journals throughout the world. During his career, Dr. Kemp has served a dozen mayors, several city councils, and scores of elected officials. His experience was gained from many years of public service in politically, economically, socially, and racially diverse communities on both the East and West Coasts. He is frequently called upon to speak about cities and how they work before various community groups and professional organizations, both nationally and internationally. Roger can be reached by telephone (203-686-0281) or by e-mail ( He is available for speaking and consulting assignments. His personal website shows additional information about his background (