Tampa’s former mayor, Pam Iorio, was the keynote speaker for the Florida League of Cities’ IEMO (Institute for Elected Municipal Officials) 3 program, The Leadership Challenge, this past November. Her talk to the gathering of thirty-some experienced elected municipal leaders moved and inspired them. Several times the next day, her words were remembered as guides to how best to think about this fascinating and frustrating thing called public service.
At one point, Mayor Iorio offered a public confession: she was (and still struggles not to be) a person who holds grudges. Personal or political slights she experienced led to lingering judgments and stony cold encounters. She acknowledged that she found it hard to let go.
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