Brandy,Great question. Many of the books that have been mentioned are well worth reading. To your list I would add Peter Drucker's The Effective Executive. One other source of valuable information that you can put to use almost immediately is available for free in podcast form at a website called Manager Tools (www.manager-tools.com). The podcasts are produced by a small team of management consultants, and although not specific to the world of local government, I've found the insights and recommendations to be extremely useful and have put many into practice with positive results. There are about 500 podcasts archived on their site and it can be quite daunting for someone taking a look for the first time, so feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions.