How to be both mayor and manager of a town

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Maire du Chesnay

Seminar Business life | Friday October 12, 2007 - 9h30 - 12h

Philippe Brillault trained as a doctor but decided to go into politics. He was elected to the town council of Le Chesnay, his home town, in 1983 at the age of thirty-two. It was here that he discovered the ways and behaviour of the world of politics, learned administrative rules, and started to understand the budgetary mechanisms which are the basis of the management of a town. He was elected mayor eighteen years ago. He listens carefully to his constituents, enjoys a relationship with his team based on mutual trust, and does his best to avoid political crises whose after-effects can be felt for a long time in a town's management. He is going to stand for a final term of office in the coming local elections and has a team which will ensure his succession. There are no books on how to be a mayor which is why Philippe Brillault incorporates in his account recommendations intended for people who are tempted to follow in his footsteps.

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