Kent Wyatt '00, a senior management analyst for the city of Tigard, Ore., is working to change the perception of local government through an organization, Emerging Local Government Leaders, which he and his wife, Kirsten, established in 2008.
In an article published in The Times of Tigard, Tualatin and Sherwood, Wyatt says his group has experienced rapid growth in the past two years, bringing in hundreds of public-sector employees from all over Oregon. Emerging Local Government Leaders seeks to facilitate relationships between local government employees to, in Wyatt’s words, “lead to more efficient government.
“In a time of tightening resources, you don’t rebuild the wheel every time,” Wyatt told reporter Geoff Pursinger. “If I am doing a survey in Tigard, I can talk to other cities as a resource in terms of what services they have used, what they are working on.”