Management in Action: Danielle Young, City Administrator/Clerk, City of Cheney


What does city/county management mean to you?

City/County management is creating a strong community by being responsive to citizens’ needs. Building trust among constituents and helping them understand the common visions that they share.

What does a successful improvement or project look like?

Seeing excitement for a project, among staff or residents, can make any project successful. Whether it’s excitement to begin a new project, excitement to finally finish a long drawn-out project or sometimes success comes in the form of excitement on a homeowners face when the pot hole at the end of their driveway is finally repaired. Seeing people excited shows that success was found.

What is one improvement (operational, policy or physical) that you are most proud of?

Our City has utilized various public input opportunities to create a Comprehensive Plan, Master Park Plan and Community Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan. We’ve been able to utilize these plans collaboratively to receive grants and build physical infrastructure that meets goals in each plan. It is a wonderful feeling to know that these documents, which were prepared to serve a purpose, were put into action to develop the future of our community. 

If you could share one piece of career related wisdom to a colleague, what would it be?

Create your community’s own story through conversation. By creating a dialogue between the public and staff/elected officials, trust can be formed to ensure a sustainable future.