The 2019-2020 Leadership Fairfield class held their December session on Tuesday, December 3rd. Each month Leadership Fairfield meets at the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center for a full day of learning about leadership; December's theme was City and County Government.
The class started the day with a little journalism; what they liked the most about Fairfield, the least about Fairfield, how it could be improved and why. Following the journal activity, everyone joined together to participate in a group activity called the Human Knot. The Human Knot activity was intended to get everyone problem solving and thinking in a creative way and how that applies to leadership in the workplace.
Tuesday was a busy day full of tours around Fairfield! The group toured the Jefferson County Courthouse in the morning and learned about the extensive renovations that the building has undergone since it was built in the late 1800s (1890-1893). Following the Courthouse, the group toured the Fairfield Fire Station. They learned about how the Fire Station is managed and staffed and even witnessed staff heading out on an emergency call.
After enjoying a lovely lunch at a famous local cafe, Revelations Cafe & Bookstore, the group walked and toured the downtown Fairfield square to see the annual holiday decorations. After gaining some behind-the-scenes knowledge of Fairfield's holiday decor and very recent upgrades of the Santa House thanks to JC Huffman Cabinetry of Fairfield, they stopped at the Chamber of Commerce. Subsequently, the main afternoon tours consisted of visiting City Hall and touring the Fairfield Police Station. At City Hall, the group had the opportunity to sit in the main conference room and listen to Fairfield City Administrator, Aaron Kooiker, discuss the daily operations of City Hall. At the Police Station, the group received a tour and had the opportunity to ask local jailers and the deputy sheriff questions. In Fairfield, the local police force and the Jefferson County Deputy Sheriff's office operate out of the same building.
Upon returning to the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center, the group enjoyed listening to a Panel discussion focused on city, county and state government. Special thanks to panel participants Michael Halley (Fairfield City Council), Lee Dimmitt (Jefferson County Supervisor), Dee Sandquist (Jefferson County Supervisor) and Jeff Shipley (Iowa House District 82 Representative).
The group looks forward to meeting again on Tuesday, January 7th, after the holidays and the New Year.